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1944 Dan 2020

Dan J Marafiot

July 25, 1944 — September 11, 2020

Dan Joseph Marafiot was born July 25, 1944 in the Biwabik Hospital to Joseph and Gertrude (Conaway) Marafiot. He graduated from Biwabik High School and, as part of a graduation gift, took a train trip to California to visit family.

He worked many jobs over the years, including at a local radio station, City of Biwabik, St. Louis County Social Services and the Merritt House. He loved to tell stories of his time working for the Carson and Barnes Circus.

He met and married the love of his life, Linda Randa, on May 1, 1976 in Biwabik. Dan died on September 11, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Jodi (Matt) Anderson, Kim (Thad) Sweeney, son Joseph (Kris) Marafioti, grandchildren Mark (Kaylee Hage) Anderson, Logan (Paul Kramer) Anderson, Samantha Schmid, Alex Marafiot, Jessica Schmid, Michelle Anderson, Zach Johnson, Garrett Johnson, Domonic Marafiot, great-grandson Anthony Schmid, siblings Gail (Jon) Ohman, Patrick Harrington, brother-in-law Richard Nikunen, numerous nieces and nephews, and special friends Sue Laine and Chuck and Carol Gray. He was looking forward to the birth of his second great-grandchild in January.

Dan was preceded in death by his father Joseph Marafiot, mother Gertrude Marafiot Harrington, stepfather Bernard "Bud" Harrington, sister Judy Nikunen, sister-in-law Susan Olson and mother- and father-in-law Elmer and Marion Randa.

A visitation will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 4-7 pm at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert. Family requests masks and social distancing.



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Monday, September 21, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home-Gilbert

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