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Obituaries

Jean Caligiuri (1927–2022) was born Martha Jean Whipps in Columbus, Ohio, the youngest of seven. She attended Ohio State University. Jean resided in towns across the Midwest and East Coast, making lifelong friends everywhere. In Duluth, she joined the Chester Creek United Methodist Church and then the Coppertop. She is missed by son Jon and daughter-in-law Amy, son David and daughter-in-law Jessica Roeder, former husband Carl Caligiuri, sister Lois Billingsley, her siblings’ families, four grandchildren and their families, and her many friends. A memorial will be held later.
Dec. 21, 1933 - Jan. 18, 2022
Sept. 15, 1954 - Jan. 15, 2022
July 1, 1925 - Jan. 15, 2022

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11/1/1935 to 1/1/2022
Marliss A. Westenfield, age 89 of Fridley. Died on Monday January 17, 2022. Proud graduate of Duluth Central High School and resident of Fridley for over 60 years. Marliss was a long-time employee of the Golden Valley School District and an avid supporter of U of M Gopher athletics. Survived by son & daughter-in-law Otto III (Otty) and Mary Beth of Medway, MA; Karl & Denise of Eden Prairie; sister Bonnie Roth of Duluth; brother-in-law Joe Westenfield of Fridley; nephew Derek Roth of Houlton, WI; and eight grandchildren, Otto IV (Skip), Meghan, Katherine (Kate), Connor & Brianna; Kristen, David & Erik. Proceeded in death by husbands Steven Hurd and Otto G. Westenfield, Jr.; brother-in-law Donald Roth; nephew Douglas Roth. Gathering of friends and family on Friday, January 21st from 12:30-1:30pm, immediately followed by a service at 1:30pm, both at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Hamline Ave N., Roseville. Interment at Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Memorials can be made to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.
68 of Duluth, MN died peacefully on January 16, 2022. Survived by his wife Gwen, sons Erik (Leandra), Ryan, 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 3 sisters. There will be no services.
Bruce Lovold, 83, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2021. He was residing at the Diamond Willow Lester Park facility in Duluth, MN. His sons Bruce Jr and Michael were by his side.

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July 11, 1943 - Jan. 16, 2022
Nov. 16, 1939 - Jan. 17, 2022
68 of Duluth, MN died peacefully on January 16, 2022. Survived by his wife Gwen, sons Erik (Leandra), Ryan, 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 3 sisters. There will be no services.
Born March 8, 1939 in Duluth, passed away January 13, 2022 in Brooklyn Park, MN at the age of 82. Preceded in death by father, Manny; mother, Eleanor (Erickson); sister, Carol; step-brother, Vernon; niece, Karyn; nephews, Darrel, Dean and Rodney. Survived by wife of 50 years, Karla; sister-in-law, Vickie Rudolph; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be held at Grace Evangelical Free Church (755 – 73rd Ave NE, Fridley, MN) on Thursday, January 20th at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements with Kozlak-Radulovich Chapel, 763-783-1100.
Albert Paul Brodin, 79, died on January 15, 2021. Al was born on March 1, 1942 in Warroad, MN and grew up in Baudette, MN. After high school he attended Bemidji State University and graduated in 1966 with degrees in Accounting and Mathematics. Al married Muriel Jane Harris on June 7, 1969 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The pair lived in Duluth, MN and then Crookston, MN before settling permanently in Duluth in 1975. Al passed away peacefully in the same house where he and Muriel lived and raised their family for more than 47 years. Al worked for the Internal Revenue Service for more than 35 years from 1967 until 2002. After a brief retirement he went back to work part-time as a CPA for James Hacking & Associates until as recently as 2021. Al and Muriel visited all 50 U.S. states and 9 Canadian provinces before her passing in 2016. Al was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Duluth, a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Baudette, active in the Boy Scouts and little league baseball, an avid Minnesota sports fan, and a proud father and grandfather. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary Brodin, his wife Muriel, and his only sibling Karen Shoults. He is survived by his daughter Sherrill (Michael) Yeaton; son Paul (Leslie); grandchildren Steel, Sampson, Macey and Crosby; and countless others whose lives he touched throughout his life. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday Jan. 21, 2022 at 2 PM; Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 410 N. Arlington Ave. (Masking required).
Fern A. Lovaas, 89, of Grand Marais, died Friday, January 14, 2022 at North Shore Care.
Age 92 of East First Street died Friday, January 14, 2022 in the Essentia Miller Dwan Hospice Unit. She was born to Lawrence and Inga (Hagen) Kuss in Chippewa Falls, WI on October 20, 1929. She moved to Duluth after graduation and worked at the Miller Dwan hospital. She was united in marriage with James C. Baird February 6th 1950. She was a stay at home mom did work part time at the Duluth Glass Block Store and J.C. Penny’s. She was a 60+ year member of Kenwood Lutheran Church where she served on many committees. Church was a very important part of her life.
Gordon “Gordy” Merle Larsen, 80, of Duluth, Minnesota passed away on January 7, 2022 at Essentia Health in Duluth.

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