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.