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Paula Baltich

October 25, 1939 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Paula Baltich Obituary

Paula Baltich 

Oct 25, 1939 – Dec 27, 2023

Paula Baltich of Ely passed away Dec 27, 2023 at Boundary Waters Care Center after a brief illness.  She was born in Yugoslavia on Oct 25, 1939 to Johann and Rose Schager.  In 1955 at age 16, she immigrated to Ely and enrolled at Ely High School, graduating in 1958.  At her job at Rik’s Inn/Piggly Wiggly, she was introduced to Joe Baltich, a young patrolman who would stop in for coffee.  They married on July 11, 1959 at St. Anthony’s in Ely and enjoyed 63 years together until Joe’s passing in Nov 2022. They raised three children at their home on Jasper Lake.  Paula was a great homemaker while also running a family business for over 30 years, making many longtime friendships.  She loved her family and was proud of each kid, their spouses, and her five grandchildren and made each holiday or celebration extra special by cooking and baking everyone’s favorites. In retirement, she and Joe volunteered by providing accordion music for many years at assisted living facilities around the Range. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. 

Paula was preceded in death by her parents, brother Fr. Mathias Schager, sister Steffi Strezishar and brother-in-law Tom Strezishar, niece Cindy Strezishar, husband Joe, and infant brother and sister.  She is survived by her children Joe (Annette) Baltich, Bernie (Sally) Baltich, Susan (Fred) Kittams, and grandchildren Ben (Morgan) Baltich, Zack (Maggie) Baltich, Danny Baltich, and Cullen Kittams and Regan Kittams, her sister Emmi Ross and husband Richard, brother Joe Schager and wife Rose, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.  Visitation one hour prior.  

Special thanks to all who visited Paula or sent greetings in the last two months. Thanks to the team at BWCC who took care of her during her time there. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

 

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
January 12, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
231 East Camp Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731

Funeral Mass
Thursday
January 12, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
231 East Camp Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731

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