David E. Jence

June 1, 1963 – July 15, 2017

DULUTH, Minn. – David E. Jence, 54, Duluth, died Saturday, July 15, in Lakeside Manor.

A celebration of life will be at a later date.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Minnesota in Duluth.

Sawyer William Grooms was born on February 14th in Harrison, Arkansas in 1990. He was passionate about writing and performing music with his more like a brother than a friend Ethan Hyde. Together they traveled playing music and experiencing the country.

Sawyer was also a wildland firefighter working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Park Service.

Sawyer is survived by his mother Myra Foster; parents by choice Pauline and Ernie Grooms; brothers Denzer, Bridger, Daniel and David as well as his uncle Rob and Aunt Ardis and grandparents Frank and Coralee Foster. In addition, Sawyer is survived by the love of his life Lilly Rose Duffy. Sawyer will have the last word on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 at the Chequamegon Community Church on Country C, Washburn.

SERVICES

Memorial Service

Saturday, May 07, 2016
10:00 AM

Chequamegon Community Church
1451 County Hwy.C
Washburn, Wisconsin 54891
 
` Bratley Family Funeral Homes

Dave will be greatly missed, at Baystock, and everywhere else, he made a connection. Rest in peace, our friend!

Dave Sky at Baystock, 2013

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3lzYqoHlAc

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfa9bHTEo3A

The Joint Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om59WnGeMfI

Obituary for Dave Sky.
A Celebration of Life and Musical Tribute to a Wonderful Man……….
David Carl Sonkowsky
( Dave Sky )
Died on February 23, 2014
“The Day The Music Died”


David Carl Sonkowsky (Dave Sky) age 58 of Shiocton, died on 02/23/14 after a long battle with cancer. David was born on Oct 6th, 1955 to Lillian and Hilfert Sonkowsky.

Survivors include his mother, Lillian, his son, Aaron Montgomery and wife Denise, Grandchildren, Austin, Joshua, Brooke and Danny, his sisters, Dee Dee {Harvey} Miller, Kari {Chad} Ullman, and Dayna {Robert} Martin, cousin-brother-friend Don, (too many friends, cousins and extended family to mention).

David was preceded in death by his father Hilfert, two sons, Joshua and Daniel, and sister Julie.

David had a love, passion, and personality that just could not be matched! David had many loves, his family was number one but loved to put joy on peoples faces and in their hearts through his music, all over WI as well as playing “Santa” for children and adults everywhere, including donating his time at the children’s hospital. He spent many days at Eagle Creek Golf course, and many weekends at his friends cabin up north. He loved football, all types, high school, college and pro ball. And who could forget the yearly events, such as, Bay Stock, Chicken Fling, Summer Twister, Memorial Bash, and the Grateful Garcia Gathering, Loon party, the yearly charity bike rides and party’s and many, many more!

David may not have been a wealthy man, but he was rich in so many ways, truly the most loved man, loved by all who knew him and even those who knew of him! David lit up the world with his music, and loved “rocking out with friends” .

Per David’s request, “This is a Celebration of Life, not death!” David would want you all to remember to “Rock on!”

His son and family deeply appreciate the depth of friendships he had with many people. David loved you all and would want you all to carry his music in your hearts always!

Family has requested not to have flowers sent.

Per Dave’s request CD’s will be available for purchase while supplies last.

The celebration of life will be at the Blind Pig in Menasha, on March 9th for family at 11 am with Pastor Kevin Kelly presiding. Friends may join at noon and musical tributes will begin at 1 pm. Address: Blind Pig 200 Main St, Menasha, WI

For those who can’t attend, cards of sympathy can be mailed to
℅ Aaron and Denise Montgomery, W8475 County Rd F, Shiocton, Wi 54170

Jim Hurley passed away on December 26, 2020

James “Jim” L. Hurley, age 54, of Red Cliff, passed away, Sunday, December 26, 2010 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. He was born November 27, 1956 in California.

Jim served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years and was stationed in Bayfield. He married Jewel Wachsmuth on October 1, 1976 in Washburn. She preceded him in death in 2005. Jim worked at the Marina in Bayfield and during this time he received his Capitan’s license. He was most recently employed at the Isle Vista Casino.

Jim enjoyed volunteering for the Red Cliff News and Radio Station throughout the years. He enjoyed fishing, photography, computers, karoke and organizing open mike events in Red Cliff. He loved being near the lake and music. He loved to play guitar with and for his family and friends.

He is survived by his seven children, Scott (Misha) Moore of Arvada, CO, Jimmy (Jessica) Hurley of Ashland, Michael (Melodie) Hurley of Superior, Tiffanie (Jesse) Vinopal of Red Cliff, Crystal (Marvin DeFoe Jr.) Hurley of Red Cliff, Chandi Katoch of Duluth, MN and Eliana Katoch of Duluth, MN; partner, Anne Katoch of Duluth, MN; 11 grandchildren, Sharise, Randall, William “Billy”, Caleb, Cody, Talon, Felicia, Jesse, Jewel, Kona and Taylor; brother, Jim (Barb) Koenig of CA; sister, Barbara (Bob) Batalia of Idaho; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bett and Bill Wallace of South Range; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a cousin, Candy.

A gathering of friends and family will be held after 5:30 PM, Thursday, December 30, 2010 at the Isle Vista Casino Bingo Hall.

Bratley Family Funeral Homes

 

 Bruce Hans Carlson, 53, of Cloquet died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 in his home.

He was born May 2, 1957 in Duluth to Hans and Ione Carlson. Bruce grew up in Piedmont Heights and graduated from Denfeld High School in 1975. He was confirmed and was a former member of Christ Lutheran Church in Duluth.

Bruce was an Army veteran serving in Korea during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

He attended Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, UMD and received his Bachelor’s degree from UWS in 1996.

He currently was the housing director at FDLTCC where he has worked for more than 10 years. Using himself as an example, Bruce encouraged many young people and adults to stay in school and get a college education.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Fritz; and his niece, Tammy Towns.

He is survived by his children, Alicia (Kenneth) Perry of Carlton, and Eric Carlson of Duluth; two grandchildren Kenny and Atreju Perry; one sister, Bonnie (Greg Dhaemers) Carlson of Superior; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. with a time of sharing at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 in the Fireside Room of the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. in Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com

Superior Telegram

Michael Robert Rennie, 64, formerly of Duluth, passed peacefully into the next world July 17, 2010, after a seven-month battle with cancer.

Mike was born to Robert and Betsy Rennie July 27, 1945, in Des Moines, Iowa.

He proudly served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman during Vietnam.

Michael is survived by his sons Sean of Winona and Joseph of Duluth; as well as many other friends and family.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Fort Snelling with Military Honors. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Saturday, July 31, at the Twins Bar in Duluth. For directions or details, please call Joe at (612) 250-0950.

Duluth News Tribune

Thomas John “Tor” Torrison, 68, died Aug. 25, 2009 at King Manor, Duluth.

He was born in Pelican Rapids Oct. 19, 1940 to Orrin and Ruth Torrison.

He graduated from Rugby High School, Rugby, N.D. and Luther College, Decorah, Ind. Tor married Sharon Johnson in 1963 and Julie Soderberg.

He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Aaron Torrison.

Tor is survived by his sister, Maren (Dean) Blatchford of Fargo, N.D.; nephew, Eric Aleckson of Amery, Wis.; three nieces, Lisa Pohlman of Mason City, Iowa, Kris Heldt of Fort Dodge, Iowa and Andrea Greenswalt of Fargo, N.D.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: will be held at a later date when family can be together. Services entrusted to Cremation Society of MN.

Brooks, Paul Andros age 62, of Minneapolis, and Cornucopia, WI, passed away, Saturday, June 7, 2008 at his home in Cornucopia, with his loving family by his side. He was born October 30, 1945 in Pensacola, FL, the son of the late Sheldon and Frances (Atkinson) Brooks. Paul is survived by his wife, Pam Brooks of Minneapolis; son, Andy Brooks of Minneapolis; step- son, Terry Barrett of Minneapolis; two sisters, Sky Brooks of Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Molly Brooks of Minneapolis; mother-in-law, Pearl Whitfield of Minneapolis; step-mother, Mrs. Sheldon “Carroll” Brooks of Minneapolis; special friend and brother-in- law, Fred King and wife, Kris of Minneapolis; and other relatives. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held later this summer in Minneapolis. Arrangements are by the Bratley Funeral Home of Washburn, WI.

Star Tribune.

Donald ‘Don’ Stanley Pavel, 60, of Washburn went to rest on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 at his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1947 in St. Paul to Edna and Stanley Pavel. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War from 1966-1972. Don was the longtime band leader and lead guitar player for Big Top Chautauqua’s Blue Canvas Orchestra and the musical partner of Warren Nelson and the Lost Nation String Band members since the mid 1970s. Don began his musical career on the accordion at age five. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Don is survived by his loving partner, Therene Gazdik; two sons, Mason (Rachel) Pavel and Ira Pavel; and their mother, Sharla Nelson Pavel; sister, Barbara Pavel Jurek; step daughter, Joni ‘Tunes’ Hudson; and cousins, Jerry Graff and Carol Spescha.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE:1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 at StageNorth in Washburn. Visitation one hour prior to the services. A reception follows at StageNorth. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for Don’s sons. Memorials may be sent to Big Top Chautauqua, PO Box 455, Washburn, WI 54891 in care of Mason Pavel. ‘Diddlin’ Dug, The picnic of our music is all laid over the fabric of Don’s playing’, Warren Nelson.

Duluth News Tribune

Robert Lowell ‘Bob’ Stuberg 55, of Duluth, passed away Thursday, May, 19, 2005 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born in Duluth on August 20, 1949 to James Lowell and Beverly Elaine (Grosskurth) Stuberg. Bob worked in construction for many years as a carpenter. He also enjoyed motorcycles and was a talented musician, who played the guitar and drums. Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his son, Caleb and daughter-in-law, Amanda Stuberg and Caleb’s mother, Diana Elvington all of Lady’s Island, S.C.; daughter, Kodty Lane Stuberg Barnes and her mother, Gina K. Barnes of Duluth, Minn., originally of Savannah, Ga.; three grandsons, all of S.C.; brother, James M. (Kimberly) Stuberg of Golden, Colo.; two nephews, Michael Stuberg and Christopher Stuberg; aunt, Rene Yuritic of Fla. and many cousins and friends in Duluth, Minn. and Savannah, Ga. Private family services will be held at a later date. Services entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 218-624-5200. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

Duluth News Tribune on May 22, 2005.