Mitchell Ruslan Gjovig of St. Croix Falls, residing in Duluth for work, died unexpectedly March 11, 2019. He was 22.

Mitchell (Ruslan) was born Nov. 13, 1996, in Lesosibirsk, Russia. He was adopted and brought to Wisconsin by his parents Mark and Maria Gjovig on Oct. 17, 2000, and spent most of his life residing in the state. 

Mitchell was a natural athlete, excelling in any sport, or activity, he participated in. During his schooling at the St. Croix Falls School District, graduating in 2015, he participated in baseball (all conference 2014), football, basketball, soccer, cross country and track. In his free time Mitchell enjoyed spending his time in the outdoors; Be it hunting or fishing up at grandma and grandpa Leahy’s lake house, on the golf course, snowboarding at Trollhaugen, playing catch, or chasing the cats in the yard, Mitchell loved to be outside. 

Mitchell was a humble man with a big heart, always willing to lend a hand to those he loved. He shared a special connection with children, who always seemed to gravitate towards his high energy. Mitchell’s kindness was further exemplified by his participation in several mission trips with Peace Lutheran Church’s youth group. His love and compassion was not reserved just for people, but also for the numerous animals he deeply cared for throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his aunt and godmother, Teresa Meyer.

Mitchell is survived by his parents; siblings, Matt (Matti) and Morgan; his grandparents, Mike and Maureen Leahy and Chuck and Marilyn Gjovig; aunts and uncles, Jill and Mike Leahy, Craig and Michelle Jansen, and godparents, Tim Meyer (uncle), and Pat and Fran Capra; and close friend Sean Haasnoot.

Mitchell’s warm heart and caring soul will be celebrated with a visitation on March 15 from 4 to 7 p.m., along with a memorial service on March 16 at 11:00 a.m. Both events will take place at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser. 

In Lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated and distributed in Mitchell’s memory to: Acres for Life, the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, or the Wings Foundation.

Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola, Wisconsin.  Condolences may be expressed online at

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