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Obituaries

Nancy Sandelin Paisley, 86, of 2120 London Road, Duluth, died on November 21, 2022. She was the daughter of the late Eetu (Ed) and Celia Sandelin. Dr. Paisley was born in Duluth on February 20, 1936. She graduated from Central High School as valedictorian in 1953, earned a B.A. magna cum laude in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1957, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa , and received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1961. She taught Biochemistry at Montclair State University in New Jersey for several decades. In addition, she was a medical researcher, participated in scientific projects around the world with the United Nations, was an avid traveler, and fluent in Finnish. After her official retirement, Dr. Paisley taught classes through the University for Seniors at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, was active with the Ladies of Kaleva and the Save Lake Superior Association, and volunteered in the community. She loved Lake Superior, nature, space exploration, and animals of all sorts, as well as opera and classical music. She was known for her kindness, wisdom, inquisitive mind, and dedication to her students and family. Dr. Paisley is survived by her twin daughters, Betsy Paisley Ivester (Guy) of Arizona and Meg Paisley Cosby (Terrell) of Virginia; her son, Ted Paisley, MD (Trica) of Utah; seven grandchildren, Tad Watson (Amy), Tom Watson (Diane), Jamie Massie (Katelyn), Noell Cosby, Hannah Ivester, Samantha Paisley, and Heidi Paisley; and five great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Allie, and Lucelia Watson of Pennsylvania and Zoey and Charlie Watson of Virginia. She is also survived by her brother, Roger Sandelin of Duluth and his son, Erik. She was predeceased by her brother, Rodney Sandelin, who is survived by his son, Peter Sandelin (Amy) and their son, Leo of Duluth. Dr. Paisley donated her body to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program. Dr. Paisley’s family would like to thank the nursing and medical staff at St. Mary’s Hospital Neuro ICU and Solvay Hospice House for their exceptional care and support. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to the Save Lake Superior Association (savelakesuperior.org) or Solvay Hospice House (solvayhospicehouse.org).
Dec. 22, 1941 - Dec. 4, 2022
Dale A. Erickson passed away on November 26, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, due to congestive heart failure. He was 91. His last moments were spent surrounded by family at his bedside.
Delores ‘Dee’ Viola (Doup) Johnson, 93, was granted her wish to join her husband in heaven on the evening of December 2, 2022. She passed away peacefully of natural causes while being visited and comforted by family members at St. Luke’s Hospice in Duluth MN.

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Susan Alaine Krajewski, 76, of Allen, Texas, passed away on November 30, 2022, in a room overflowing with music, stories, tears, laughter, an inappropriate joke or two, and the one thing she prized above all else: her family. Born August 3, 1946, in Duluth, Minnesota, she was the only child of Sigurd and Anna Mattson. They raised their daughter in a home they built themselves with an abundance of grit and gumption, two qualities that Susan, “Sue” to friends, came to possess in spades. She met and married her high school sweetheart, Larry, and they had three daughters and one son. They lived in a number of houses over the years, and while the floor plans changed, the blueprint never did; the heart of her home was always the kitchen. It was there that she served up Swedish pancakes and life lessons: everyone is welcome, no one goes hungry, the things we create are meant to be shared. Her husband, traumatized by a spaghetti-eating incident in his youth, nonetheless came to regard his wife’s lasagna as her crowning culinary achievement. Early in her career, she ran a home daycare, and at times it was difficult to sort out which children were her own and which she was being paid to look after. Following a move to Texas in 1980, she worked for several years in the medical records industry, where she developed lifelong friendships and an excuse to gather for a regular canasta game. Though an only child, she formed an unbreakable bond with her cousin and confidante, LaVerle McAdams, that flowered into a sisterhood of the highest order. Rare was a conversation with Sue that didn’t begin, “I just got off the phone with LaVerle.” Still, the defining relationship of her life was with her husband of 60 years. They were once a force on the dance floor. And always a force everywhere else. Their union was a curiosity: perfect and imperfect, hot and cold, loud and quiet, sometimes simmering, always messy. A recipe that couldn’t be shared because the ingredients were always changing. One thing, though, never changed. Sue was her husband’s tireless caretaker, constant companion, champion and cheerleader, one true love. Their relationship was stress-tested more than the up-volume button on their television remote, but to everyone’s relief, it never once stopped working. She was preceded in death by her parents; her aunts Yvonne A. Olson, Sigrid Domagalski, Alle Busching, Synavve Patterson; cousin Wayne Domagalski; and granddaughter Brittany Alaine Herd. She is survived by her husband Larry; children Lori (Ernie) Cope, Dana (Jon) Brooks, Stacey Krajewski, Steven (Amy) Krajewski; grandchildren Kyle (Hannah) Brooks, Joey (Clayton) Kerr, Chris (Chelsea) Herd, Katie Herd; great-grandchildren Bentlee, Thatcher, Savannah June, Olivia, and Calliope; uncle Uhl James (Rose) Anderson; cousins LaVerle McAdams (Judy Winiecki), Richard Anderson, Jeane (Brian) Binney, Sharon (John) Liska, Bruce (Doris) Domagalski, Bob Patterson, Jim Patterson, Keith (Kathy) Patterson. MEMORIAL LUNCHEON to be held Sunday, December 18, at 2 p.m. in the Amenities Center at Uptown Crossing, 1235 New Smyrna Drive in Allen, Texas. Memorial and graveside service at a later date in Duluth.
March 1,1948-November 30, 2022 DANIEL ROBERT PAYNE, 74, passed away peacefully in his home in North Branch, MN. Dan lived in Silver Bay, MN for most of his life, graduating from Wm. Kelley High in 1966. He went on to work in the Power Plant at Reserve Mining Co., Cyprus and North Shore Mining until his retirement. Dan was an outdoor enthusiast which included his love of fishing with best buddy RayJ and hunting seasons with the guys at “the shack”.
Doris E. “Gramma Dodo” Erickson, 97, of Duluth, died Friday, December 2, 2022 at Essentia Health surrounded by family following a brief illness. She was born October 2, 1925 in Superior, WI to George and Olive (Anderson) Donahue.
Jan. 1, 1926 - Nov. 30, 2022

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May 9, 1943 - Dec. 1, 2022
May 22, 1951 - Dec. 2, 2022
Husband, Dad, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Father-in-law, Friend, One-of-a-Kind Legend. His motto in life, “This Life Ain’t Dress Rehearsal”- everyone he met knew it, he was full of life.
Elizabeth “Betty Boop” Theresa Switzer, 82, of Duluth passed away December 3, 2022, in The North Shore Estates, in Duluth.
Eugene “Mike” Michael Peters, 80, of the city of Rice Lake, MN, passed away on December 4, 2022. Mike was born on July 2, 1942 in Minneapolis, MN, to Eugene and Lempi Peters. He attended Mound High School graduating in 1961.
Tom passed away peacefully 11/2/2022 after an almost 3 year battle with colon cancer.
Eugene ‘Bud’ L. Cooper, 78, of Superior, died Saturday December 3, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.
Jan. 19, 1933 - Dec. 2, 2022

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