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November 26, 1998 – December 1, 2022

Jada Nichole Redday was born on November 26, 1998, in Aberdeen, SD, to Desiree Redday and Maurice Redday Jr. Her Dakota name is Canku Topa Win (4 Roads Woman). Jada began her journey to the afterlife on December 1, 2022, in Minneapolis, MN, where she was residing. She is a tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (SWO) of the Lake Traverse Reservation, and a member of the Long Hollow District.

Jada graduated high school from Tiospa Zina Tribal School as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. Her parents instilled the importance of education into her life at a young age. After one successful, summer semester at the Sisseton-Wahpeton College, Jada was looking to explore the world, so she began a new adventure by enrolling in Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, NM. After overcoming the various challenges associated with obtaining a college degree, she graduated with honors in April 2019 and earned an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences with a major in Vision Care. As her loved ones can attest to, she cared deeply about the health and wellbeing of others, which fueled her motivation to major in a health-related field. That determination drove her to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, ND. While there, she acquired her first home by renting an apartment off-campus. After staying true to herself and putting forth countless hours of sacrifice, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree in Public Health Administration in May 2022. She also proudly carried the SWO flag during the commencement ceremony. Although she was very accomplished already as a young woman, getting her bachelor’s degree meant a lot to her and truly was one of her finest and proudest moments of her life. Considering she just celebrated her 24th birthday, she had so much more life, love, experiences, memories, and accomplishments ahead of her.

Jada held several different jobs during her young life. She started her first job with the SWO Summer Youth Program in the Youth Department. While studying for her Associate Degree at SIPI, she worked part-time in Walmart as a Cashier. She later interned at Indian Health Service in Sisseton, SD, in the Optometry unit. While studying for her bachelor’s degree at UND, she worked part-time at the front desk of LaQuinta Suites. She continued working there over the summer months after graduation until she decided to move to Minneapolis with her mother in the fall to launch her new career. There, she started working with the Indigenous Peoples Task Force in the HIV Awareness Department by serving as the Non-Medical Case Manager. She was so excited to finally start seeing all of her hard work pay off, and grateful that she was in a position to directly help fellow Native Americans. However, she didn’t want to stop there. She had plans and aspirations of enrolling in a graduate degree program in Health Administration to obtain a Master’s degree and eventual PhD to enable and empower her to help even more people live a better, healthier, and more meaningful life.

Jada was a beautiful Dakota winyan (woman) who was a natural artist and expressed herself in so many different ways. She was daring and courageous, not afraid to take chances, or worried about how someone may think or feel about her, which is characteristic of a true artist. She loved music and fashion and her interests spanned across many genres of music and fashion trends. She was so damn fly all the time; a real one in every respect. She was a soft and gentle soul who made lasting relationships wherever she went. She was funny, outgoing, and vivacious, and was the life of the party wherever she was. She loved adventures, traveling the world, trying new things, having new experiences, meeting new people, and just making awesome memories. We will always remember her contagious smile, pretty brown eyes, and caring personality. Her presence in all of our lives will be sorely missed and the countless, lifelong memories will forever be held in our hearts and minds. Although her physical body is gone, her soul is forever…

Jada is preceded in death by her: great grandparents, Roger Cloud, Eugene Gunderson, Henry Redday, Ellen Harris, Charles Bothum, and Helen Canku; Grandma Tika Leith, Uncle Justin Redday Sr., and James Pomani.

A beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend, Jada Nichole Redday unexpectedly and unintentionally left behind many loved ones. She is survived by her: mother, Desiree; father, Maurice Jr.; brothers, Maurice III and Sean; sisters, JaCinda and Marissa; nephews, Maurice IV and Bryson; paternal grandparents, John and Peggy Redday; maternal grandparents, David and Leslie Gunderson; great grandparents, Marcella Haug and Karen Taylor; aunts, Tracy, Catessa, and Tylynn; uncles, Ronald, William, Terrence, Bruce, and David; 1st cousins, Justin Jr, Sherae, Azailya, Zakahria, Adrianna, Anthony, Mason, Taytum, Talynn, Isaiah, Gerica, Xavier, Peighton, Bentley, William III, Trenton, Masy, Major, and Trey; friends, Brooklyn, Mona, Brad, Kyleigh, Magazu, Jennifer, Maria, Maycee, Taylor, Gracee, Deanna, and so many more relatives and friends.

When you think of Jada, celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest. Cherish your loved ones and know that none of us are promised tomorrow. She wasn’t here long enough, but the time that she was here she brought so much joy, love, memories, jokes, and purpose to our lives. The family of Ms. Jada Nichole Redday respectfully asks that all of you remember her beautiful spirit, and remember to live life to the fullest and love your loved ones unconditionally and continuously, because life is too short.

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11: 25-26


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April 28, 1947 – November 26, 2022

Robert (Bob) Joseph Gueningsman, 75, of Winsted, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at The Gardens at Winsted following a fight with Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson’s-related dementia.

Bob was born April 28, 1947, in Watertown, MN, the first of four children to Joseph and Elizabeth (Libor) Gueningsman. He attended Holy Trinity Schools and Howard Lake High School, graduating in 1965. That fall, he joined the United States Air Force with his cousin, Willard Guennigsmann. Bob served from 1965-1969 during the Vietnam era as an aircraft mechanic.

After his military service, Bob returned to Winsted where he began his family. He was employed for 42 years as an assembler/tester at Eaton Corporation in Eden Prairie, retiring in 2011. He also did evening custodial work at Winsted Elementary School and Holy Trinity Schools and was a fill-in delivery driver and occasional parade driver for Herald Journal.

Affectionately known as Slick or Boogie, Bob enjoyed camping (especially being by the lake sipping his Mountain Dew) and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing cribbage and other card games, helping at the Winsted Sportsmen’s Club, traveling, horseshoes, bowling, and was a long-time volunteer at Winstock Country Music Festival, a member of the Winsted Lions Club, and a lifetime member of Winsted American Legion Post 407. He was also an adult chaperone for several trips of the Holy Trinity Mission Trip Group and Fine Arts/Band group.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Von Nelle Gueningsman, children Andrew (Tricia) Gueningsman of Winsted, Angela (Ron) Jagodzinski of Winsted, and Ryan (Cassandra) Gueningsman of Saint Bonifacius. He is further survived by granddaughters Madison and Marit Gueningsman and McKenna (fiance Simon Mendoza) and Maggi Jo Jagodzinski. He is additionally survived by sisters Carol (Jack) Harrahill of Crescent City, FL, Jean (Fidd) Fasching of Howard Lake, and Rosie (Dale) Johnson of Glencoe, brother-in-law Arthur Schmidel of Tucson, AZ, as well as nephews and nieces Steven Pfeifer, Christian (Amy) Pfeifer, Guy (Trish) Pariseau, Josette Pariseau, Trevor Fasching, Jason (Laura) Telecky, Beth Johnson, and Daniel Johnson; aunt Mary (Mike) Dongoski of Howard Lake and aunt Therese Fasching of Winsted, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.

Visitation for Robert (Bob) Joseph Gueningsman will be Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m., with Father Matt Wiering the celebrant, followed by interment with military rites at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted. Pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews.

Bob’s family wishes to express its deepest appreciation to the staff of The Gardens at Winsted for their caring support of Bob and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in Bob’s name to The Gardens at Winsted, the Winsted Lions, or The Parkinson’s Foundation (or Michael J. Fox Foundation or The Jeff and Lisa Cook Foundation).


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June 19, 2002 – November 18, 2022

Mario Arthur Yanez, MaKoons “Bear Cub” of Bear Clan,
age 20, of Red Lake Journeyed to the Spirit world on Friday,
November 18, 2022. He was born on June 19, 2002 in
Bemidji the son of Melanie Sumner.
Mario was an intelligent kid. He excelled in math on
his way to become a prodigy in math. The late father Jerry
Rogers requested him to go to St. John’s Preparatory
School in St. Cloud, Minnesota on a scholarship. He
learned to play the piano on his own. He liked reading a
variety of books, watching movies and playing basketball.
Due to the circumstances of his parents and loss of family
and friends, caused him to give up on his education. Mario
was an affectionate and loving person that would be there
to listen, regardless of his situation, Mario always had a
special place in his heart for Bella. He especially loved his
daughter the loves of his life!
Survived by his daughter: Briseis Brown of Cass Lake;
special friend: Bella Brown of Cass Lake; mother: Melanie
Sumner of Red Lake; brothers: Marcus (AhnDraya) Yanez
Jr. and Bryan (Chasity) Sumner, Richard “John” Sumner;
sisters: Maria Yanez, Simone Sumner and Mataeya Sumner
all of Red Lake; aunt: Juanita Yanez of Minneapolis;
uncles: Preston Sumner, Richard Sumner Jr., Rodney
Spears Sr. and Burt (Doyla) Redeagle all of Red Lake and
Antonio (Mona) Yanez of Cass Lake; many other relatives
and friends.
Preceded in death by maternal grandparents Mary and
Richard Sumner Sr.; paternal grandparents Katherine and
Torivio Yanez Sr., aunts Carmen and Sally Yanez and
Michelle “Mushy” Spears; uncles Brian, Lester and Greg
Sumner, Torivio “Chulo” Yanez Jr., Laverne Arthur;
cousins Miah Robertson, Edward Fisher Sr., Celeste
and Jeremy Yanez and Angela Beaulieu.

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Bernard “Bernie” Herman Wessling, 86 of Winsted was called home to eternal life on November 15, 2022.

He was born September 25,1936 to Henry and Gertrude (Wiemiller) Wessling.

Bernie worked for Briggs Transportation as a truck driver for many years until retirement. Upon retirement he enjoyed working his land and putting up many bales of hay. Bernie was united in marriage to Mary Jane (Albers/Zachmann) Wessling on February 7,1986. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, MN and enjoyed visiting various churches and grottos. His faith life was important to him and he had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Bernie is survived by his wife Mary Jane; children: Joe Wessling (Cruz) and Susan Krager; stepchildren: Jeff Albers (Stacey), Sue Keenan (Bill) and Karen Stifter (Dan); grandchildren: Ed Wessling, Ellie Plowman and Erica Wessling; step-grandchildren: Becca, Katie, Ali, Lucas, John, Daniel, Anna, Levi, Jennifer, and Nathan; 9 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Gertrude; son Gary Wessling; stepson Jacques Albers; brother Henry (Hank) Wessling and sister in-law Hazel Wessling.

Urn bearers will be Ed Wessling, Ellie Plowman and Erica Wessling.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday November 26, 2022, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, MN. Visitation will take place at the church 1 hour prior to the service.   Inurnment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

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

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Donald E. Sterner, age 89 of Roseville, MN, passed away on Sat, Nov 12, 2022 after a brief illness.

Born in New Germany, MN, and raised in Catholic faith to Lawrence and Anna (Quast) Sterner.  Don was a devoted and loving husband to wife Carol (Jahr) Sterner for over 65 years and a loving father to his four children: Tracey (Don) Bergerson of Anoka, MN; Jeff (Joanne) Sterner of O’Fallon, IL; Malea (Ray) Willmarth of Holcombe WI and Judy (Curt) Kovar of Roseville, MN.  He has one granddaughter Amanda Foreman of Riverside, CA and many nieces and nephews.

Don is survived by his older brother Albin (Louise) Sterner and youngest sister Claire Conger both of Naples, FL.  He was preceded by brother Wilbert Sterner and sisters Fidelia (Donald) Lahr and Monica (Richard) Engel.

Don and Carol started their lives together in the Twin Cities.  Don drove busses for then-Bloomington bus company (including a smaller 1960’s era mini-bus) and then moved to Eau Claire, WI, where he worked for the city in the parks department and then street department where he was a heavy equipment operator.  They lived in Eau Claire for over 50 years before both moving into assisted living memory care in 2020.

Don enjoyed growing small gardens occasionally in tribute to his family’s farming heritage.  He and Carol loved to fish, boat and travel.  They were avid MN Vikings and Twins fans.

Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM with visitation one hour prior all at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 2048 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com