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Peter “Miinawaa” Joseph Harstad, age 55, of Minneapolis passed away peacefully on February 11, 2021. Pete was born December 21, 1965 to Charlotte Roberts, and adopted by Donald and Lucille Harstad. He grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, and graduated from St John’s Preparatory Academy in Collegeville, MN in 1984. He was a member of the White Earth Nation.
Pete enjoyed working in the restaurant business and dreamed of owning his own pizza place. He worked at the Green Mill in Minneapolis, Trapper Pete’s in Cloquet and the Blue Goose Tavern in Garrison. He also did seasonal work for Greiling Tree Services and with independent arborists in the Twin Cities metro area.
Pete loved talking and kidding around and staying in touch with his family and friends daily. He liked to travel and take road trips. He made friends wherever he went. He visited Cancun, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and many other states. He enjoyed good food and especially liked grilling out. Pete loved to play cribbage and recalled his highest hand count was 28. He was the best brother, especially to his youngest sister. He was always available to help someone in need no matter what the circumstance. He helped friends move their households across multiple states, and he willingly hauled heavy items “up the hill” at the cabin.
He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents Donald W. and Lucille M. Harstad, his birth parents Charlotte M. Roberts and Robert J. Drew, brothers Paul Harstad and Loren “David” Roberts, sister Lorene “Weedie” Roberts, and beloved dogs Sally and Molly.

Left behind to mourn his loss and feel the emptiness of our world without him are: siblings Maryanna Harstad (Jon), Lisa Heidlauf (David), John Harstad, Jane Harstad, Karen Paraday (Frank), Barbara Drew, Sharon Garcia (Drew) and Roberta Drew; nieces and nephews Eli, Aaron, Jacob, Jillian, Mallery, Louisa, Jessica, Josie, Peter, Alec, Joseph, Devlin, and Lucy; great nieces and nephews Lila, Lennox and Julian; many cousins, including Jane Christensen, Jack Tremmel, Patt Hancock, Laurel Morris and Maureen Headbird; and many close friends, including Mark Johnson, Ralph Greiling, John Paul Hess and Amy LaDue.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Elizabeth Hemopo

    I have no words but my heart has conversations with you all the time
    Love you and miss you sweet man

  2. Lakenrose Kendall

    I will miss you, Pete, for as long as I live ❤

  3. Dawn

    I do not know whom I’m going to talk to now. I keep reaching for my phone to call you. Even though we were thousand miles apart our friendship has gone through so much together. The worst times and the best times. I know you’re at peace now and with a few of your family members. Love you friend ?

  4. Angelo Mariani

    May you rest in eternal peace Pete ??

  5. Mina/ Andeg

    Dear Pete, I wish you happiness as you embark on your next adventure ! Minawaa May you never lose your joyful playful spirit. I will miss your Jokes and good humor 🙂

  6. Laura Nolen

    I am so glad to have known you. Your optimistic outlook and forward looking will remain with my always, Peter. My deepest condolences to your family.

  7. Amy Mitchell LaDue

    I will forever love you, Pete. You were here for me whenever I needed a friend or a shoulder to cry on. I will hold our friendship close to my heart. I was never afraid when you were by my side. What will I do without my best friend?

  8. Jillian Serrano

    No words can describe what an amazing person you are and were. I will forever love you nd cherish the beautiful friendship we had. You were my angel.


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