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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.

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Andrew Paul Stewart was born on November 19, 1975 in Rosebud, SD to Matthew Stewart Sr. and Mary Never Misses A Shot.  Andrew made his journey to the Spirit World on February 21, 2021 in Sioux Falls, SD.

He enjoyed hanging out with his family and friends and working on vehicles with his brothers.  He also enjoyed working out and lifting weights.

Andrew is survived by his mother Mary (Never Misses A Shot) Stewart; a son of Montana; brothers Roland Stewart, Farron Stewart of Sioux Falls, SD, Mark Stewart, Matthew Stewart Jr. of Nebraska, and Randy Never Misses A Shot; sisters Marilyn Stewart and Eunice Stewart of Nebraska, Beverly High Pipe and Pamela Stewart of Sioux Falls, SD; nieces and nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by Matthew Wade Stewart Sr., brother Francis Stewart; grandparents, uncles and aunts.

A wake will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM at the Upper Cut Meat Building in Upper Cut Meat, SD.  An all-night wake will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2021 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Upper Cut Meat Building.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM at the Upper Cut Meat Building.  Rev. Emerson Spider will officiate.

Interment at Star Cemetery in St. Francis, SD.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Faith Shangreaux and family, Brenda and kids, Sarah and kids, Rachel Stewart and Stephen Stewart.

Casket Bearers will be Roland Stewart, Farron Stewart, Matthew Stewart Jr., Francis Never Misses A Shot Sr., Francis Never Misses A Shot Jr., Wayne Never Misses A Shot and Mark Stewart.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

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Harlene Antonette Hardy, age 42, of Brooklyn Center, MN journeyed to the Spirit World on February 17, 2021.

She was born on July 26, 1979 in Minneapolis, MN the daughter of Harlen BigBear and Lucina Hardy.

Harlene was a homebody that loved babysitting and taking care of her many nieces and nephews.  She was a motherly type to all of her little relatives.  Harlene had a big heart and loved to laugh and be with her family.

Survived by sisters Jennifer Thompson, Christine Reyes, Toni Thompson, Marilyn Thompson and Veronica Archambault; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Service for Harlene Hardy will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the family residence, 6706 Ewing Avenue North, Brooklyn Center, MN.

An all-night wake will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 beginning at 6:00 PM at the family residence, 6706 Ewing Avenue North, Brooklyn Center, MN

Casket Bearers will be Sonnyman BigBear, Elias Thompson, Elfer Enriquez, Fernando Enriquez, Tomas Reyes and Wolf Bellecourt.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements

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Meghan Patricia Deegan was born August 22, 1999 in Minneapolis, MN to Rena Hanks & Louis Deegan, the 9th Born of 10 children. Meghan held close relationships with her siblings & their children.  She adored her nieces and nephews and helped raise them alongside their parents, whom she loved very much. Meghan grew up and attended school in the Bemidji and Red Lake area.  She enjoyed spending her summers in Minneapolis with all her cousins. She loved cooking and taking rides with her dad.

She was caring with a crazy personality. She never liked being in one place for very long. Making friends along the way with people who enjoyed her adventurous nature. Meghan’s greatest gift in her life was her son. She enjoyed the short time she had with him.

Preceded in death by: son, Sylus Reyes, niece Paris Beaulieu-Hanks, paternal grandparents: Patricia Maxwell & Byron Deegan Sr., childhood best friends: Rashelli Bravo-Lussier, Brittany Lussier and Brian Roy

Survived by: Mother & Father Rena Hanks & Louis Deegan; sisters: Felicia Hanks (Josh Roy), Mariah Hanks (Tridell Beaulieu), Jasmine Deegan and Amber Deegan; brothers: Josh Deegan, Lou Deegan, Travis Deegan, Keith Deegan, Jacob Deegan (Diamond Cloud); maternal grandparents Patricia Hanks & Wayne Martin; 7 nieces; 4 nephews; aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.

Sylus Lee Reyes was born November 9th 2020 to Meghan Deegan & Clyde Reyes Jr. in Minneapolis Mn. Meghan would tell stories about how Sylus was the strongest baby she knew. The short time he had on this earth was spent with his Mother and Father by his side.

Funeral service for Meghan Deegan and Sylus Reyes will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Red Lake Community Center.  All-night wakes will be held Sunday, February 21 and Monday, February 22, 2021 beginning at 6:00 PM each night at Red Lake Community Center.

Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Red Lake, MN.

Pallbearers: Sheyenne Hanks, Evan Hanks, Stash Hanks, Josh Roy, Tridell Beaulieu, Lydell Defoe-Cook

Honorary Pallbearers for Meghan: Cherai Clark, Mariah Head, Mallori Brun, Kylah Roy, Chelsey Redbear, Whitney Spears, Shayla Hardy, Brianne Brun, Lauryn Lussier, Tierra Cook, Tootsie Hanks, Zoie Bunker, Her Aunts Shannon, Melanie, Kristin, and Angela Hanks

Honorary Pallbearers for Sylus: His Aunts Felicia & Mariah Hanks, Jasmine & Amber Deegan, Melanie Hanks, Mallori Brun

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with arrangements.  On-line condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com

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October 22, 1927 – February 16, 2021

Glen Magnus Jorgensen of Waverly, MN, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021, at the age of 93.

Glen was born in Oster, Woodland Township, Wright County on October 22, 1927 to Magnus and Alice (Lindgren) Jorgensen. He was baptized and confirmed at Nylunda Lutheran Church, Lake Mary.

As a first generation American, born to a Danish immigrant father, Glen took great pride in his Scandinavian heritage and passed on endless family history and stories from his childhood. He often shared with people that he was born and raised in the house in which he lived for his entire life and “never moved off the spot”.

Glen began his career at Millerbernd Manufacturing Company in 1947 as one of six employees and retired in 1990. He was proud of his 43 years with the company and continued to follow their ongoing success and accomplishments throughout his retirement.

At the age of 18, Glen drove his Model A Ford across the country to California and back. He became a licensed private pilot at the age of 18 and enjoyed flying as a pastime for decades. At the age of 19, Glen piloted a Taylorcraft BC-12-D, a single engine plane, to California for a west coast adventure with a friend. As an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he passed his worldly knowledge and love of the great outdoors to his sons-in-law and grandsons, who were his pride and joy.

Glen enjoyed fishing, deer hunting in northern Minnesota, goose hunting in Canada and elk hunting in Montana. Additional hobbies included gun collecting, restoring antique John Deere tractors, planting thousands of trees, maintaining his beautiful five-acre property and re-engineering anything he could get his hands on.

During their retirement, Glen and Diane enjoyed their remote little cabin near Canada, snowmobiling trips, airshows, ice fishing and a few winter getaways on Sanibel Island, FL. Glen was a brilliant man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him!

 

Survived by his loving wife of 65 years: Diane (Hecksel) Jorgensen; daughters and sons-in law: Carla and David Sipprell of Orono, MN and Becky Jorgensen and Robert Jones of Minnetrista, MN; grandsons: Carter Jones and wife Elizabete Romanovska, Colton Jones, Kyle Sipprell and Charles Sipprell; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Magnus and Alice Jorgensen, his siblings Dolores Domjahn, Myles Jorgensen, Elaine Pawelk, John Ordean Jorgensen, DeVern Jorgensen,  and Orlyn Knott and by a special nephew Ron Jorgensen.

Funeral Services for Glen Jorgensen will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.   Pastor Jeffrey M. Engholm will officiate.   Interment will follow at Nylunda Swedish Lutheran Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 21st from 12 Noon until time of services at the funeral home.

Honorary Pallbearers; Ed Claessen, Harlan Hecksel, Gary Jorgensen and David Millerbernd.

Pallbearers; his four grandsons, Carter, Colton, Kyle and Charlie, nephews Troy Hecksel and Terry Jorgensen, and nephew-in-law Jerry Schultz.

 

 

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Travis James Varney Jr., age 28, journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

He was born on June 27, 1992 at Fairview Riverside Hospital the son of Travis Varney Sr. and Bernadette Mata.

He graduated from Bemidji High School in 2010.  Travis was employed as a security guard at Mino-bimaadiziwin Apartments.  He was also excited to start carpentry work.  He was a boxer for many years and he enjoyed working out and playing basketball.  Travis loved being with his daughters and looking out for his family.   He also loved putting a smile on everyone he knew.  He lived life and loved to smile!

Survived by two daughters: Myla and Mniĥaĥa; children’s mothers:  Monica Mgeni & Jada Brown; his mother: Bernadette Graf; his father: Travis Varney Sr.; two brothers: Raul Mata and George Martin; sisters: Tamia Varney, Noreen Varney and Arial Elise May; maternal grandmother: Nina Mata; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by three uncles Hi “Duff” Varney, Stanley Leroy Dean and Michael Mata, an aunt Tanya Varney, sister Donita Mata and grandparents Leroy Varney, Noreen Varney and Leandro Mata.

Funeral Services for Travis James Varney Jr. will be held on Friday, February 19th at 10:00 AM at the Little Rock Community Center.

Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery in Red Lake.

An all-night wake will be held on Tuesday, February 16th beginning at 4:00 PM until 9:00 AM at the Mata residence, 1834 EM Stately Street, Minneapolis.   Further all-night wakes will be held on Wednesday, February 17th and Thursday, February 18th at The Little Rock Community Center beginning at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday.

Casket Bearers will be Raul Mata, George Martin, Kevin Needham, Eddy Fairbanks, Michael Stand, Jacob Mata, Leo Cook and Leroy Varney.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com

June 27, 1992 – February 13, 2021