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Amelia Chamberlain


Amelia Chamberlain, 95, recently of Grand Rapids, formerly of Taconite, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living, Grand Rapids.

She was born in Hibbing on March 31, 1918, the youngest of six children born to James and Rosa (Bonan) Pianfetti. Amelia graduated from Hibbing High School in 1936 and the Registered Nursing Program in Hibbing. She had worked as an RN in both Hibbing and Grand Rapids. While working in Hibbing, she met Martin “Mike” Chamberlain. They were united in marriage on Feb. 9, 1946, in Hibbing, making their home in Taconite. Amelia also taught for many years in the LPN Program at Itasca Community College. She was active at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Taconite where she played organ and directed the choir. She later joined Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Coleraine where she was a member of the Mission Group. She was active in the Carmelites, Taconite Elderberries, and the Red Hat Society. Amelia also enjoyed crafts which included ceramics, knitting, and crocheting. She loved to entertain family and friends at the cabin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, in 2008; by her parents; siblings Simon Pianfetti, Helen Ventrucci, Sr. Viola Pianfetti, OSB, Fred Pianfetti, and Rose Winn; grandsons Bobby Jens and Jonathan Chamberlain, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Chamberlain.

She is survived by six children: Dennis (Dolores) Chamberlain of Watsonville, CA, Mary Ann (Bob) Jens of St. Paul, MN, Paul (Rita) Chamberlain of Eagan, MN, Jean (Dennis) Jennings of Libertyville, IL, , Jerome (Pam) Chamberlain of New Ulm, MN, and Mark (Jane) Chamberlain of Bovey; 11 grandchildren: Martin, Patrick, Matt, Staci, Michael, Jessica, Sam, Meghan, Aaron, Max, and Mariel; 9 great-grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, November 22, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine with recitation of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 10 AM until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Coleraine. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank.