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John Foltz, of Madison, passed away suddenly and peacefully in his sleep early in the morning on May 20, 2017, in Fremont, OH. He spent his last days in Washington, DC, on a trip he had wanted to do for years with his wife, Rita. Loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and f…

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Wilner G. Ekholm, 86, of Washburn passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Washburn on Feb.9, 1931, son of Carl and Clara (Hanson) Ekholm. He attended Ondossagon School and served in the U. S. Army from January 1952 to January 1954. In 2015, Wilner was…

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Robert “Bob” Olson, 74, of Maple, died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth.

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Donald William Lindsey, 84, formerly of Eau Claire and Washburn, passed away, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at the WI Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls. He was born July 1, 1932 in Washburn, the son of Raymond and Frances (Stefinski) Lindsey.

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Roger P. Mergendahl, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Weston of complications relating to pneumonia. He was accompanied by family when he died.

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George Allan Tranmal, 81, passed away peacefully at UW Hospital and Clinics in Fitchburg on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. He was born Jan. 30, 1935, in Washburn to Ludwig and Laura (Holmen) Tranmal.

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William “Bill” John Lindsey, 67, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 3, 2017. Born on Aug. 31, 1949, in Ashland to Robert and Betty (Tedlund) Lindsey, Bill grew up in Washburn enjoying an active family life in the Town of Bayview and at the family cabin in Iron River.

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Kathleen ”Kitty” L. Volak, 60, of Ashland, passed away peacefully on Dec. 12, 2016 in Wyoming, Minn., with her children at her side. Born April 17, 1956, in Washburn, she is predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Dorothy (Gierzak) Volak of Washburn.

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Nellie Larson, 88, died peacefully on Dec. 7, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn., after a fall that caused her health to decline. Nellie was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Dunseith, N.D., the daughter of John and Adeline Ross.

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Sandra S. Gobler, 49, of Hayward, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at her home surrounded by family.

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Eris H. Miles, 93, of Seeley, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

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Sally Langhammer of Washburn and Bayfield, died unexpectedly on Oct. 27, 2016 at the age of 73.

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C. Grandon Harris, 76, of Bayfield, died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 following heart surgery.

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Ruth A. Laakso, 97, longtime resident of Poplar and Oulu, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at the Golden Living Center in Superior.

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Kathleen M. (Hoskins) Gosselin, 67, of Hayward, passed away of recently diagnosed cancer on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at Water’s Edge Care Center in Hayward.

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Ellen Marie Leino,, 96, of Superior, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, in her home. Ellen was born in Ramsey, Mich., to Carl and Aleksantra (Niemala) Kainu. She moved to the Finn Settlement with her family, and graduated from Walker High School in 1939.

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James F. Harris, 81, of Arizona passed away peacefully April 27, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family and wife of 61 years.

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Dorothy “Dot” L. Rusch, 84, of Washburn, passed away on July 11, 2016 at Northern Lights Health Care Center in Washburn. She was born on Aug. 28, 1931, in the township of Brillion, WI, the daughter of Edmund C. Krueger and Hildegarde (Olm) Krueger.

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Ashley Rae Mader, 28, of Fifield, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Eau Claire.

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Carl Francis Butterfield Sr. passed away on June 12, 2016, at the age of 64 at the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. He was born in Red Cliff on Sept. 25, 1951, to Steven I. and Margaret (Charette) Butterfield.

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Daniel R. Westlund, Sr. age 85 of Iron River, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. Dan was born Oct. 17, 1929, in Mason, the son of Nels and Anna (Nordin) Westlund.

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Kathy Moore, age 58, of Washburn, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Kathy was born to Steven Yonan and Patricia (Arid) Avery on Jan. 17, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois.

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Eric Robert Novachek, age 40 of Ashland, died on Aug. 17, 2015, in Washburn. He is survived by his mother, Karen Spears Novachek; Colleen M. O’Shaughnessy; and his stepson Connor D. O’Shaughnessy. He was preceded in death by his father, James T. Novachek, and his maternal grandparents, Rober…

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The air has been sucked away and replaced by a river. These tears carry every memory of a soul too feisty to still.

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Cynthia "Cindy" Neiber, age 68, of Cable, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015, at her home.

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Nadine G. Welk, age 92, of Hayward, peacefully passed into the spirit world on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

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Delphine A. (Hamann) Leafblad, age 97, left this world to her heavenly home on Monday, June 15, 2015, at Northern Lights Health Care Center in Washburn. Delphine was born to Walter and Mildred (Talmadge) Hamann on June 11, 1918, in Connorsville.

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Reverend Diane L. Brander, 76, of Washburn, passed away on Dec. 2, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, in Duluth, Minn. due to an unexpected illness. She was born June 2, 1938, in Stillwater, Minn., the daughter of Glenn T. and Lois M. (Elliott) McCleary.