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Jacqueline Garrett, age 70 of Watertown, Minnesota passed away on May 23, 2024 at River Oaks in Watertown, Minnesota.  She was born on April 1, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of Lee Williams and Bernice Blanks.

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John Charles Kitto Donahue, age 54 of DeGraff, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at the Saint Cloud Hospital in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. He was born on May 8, 1970 in Sisseton, South Dakota the son of Daniel Churchhill and Deborah Kitto. He was raised by Mel Ellis and adopted by Dan Donahue.

He had five children he loved dearly, Dakota, Dannon, Dylan, Arianna and Xavier. He always talked about his kids; he was such a proud father. Nothing was more important to him than being a father. John had a very close relationship with his sister, Shenandoah, and brother, David. He would tell stories about braiding his sister’s long hair and stories of his “Baby Huey”. When John turned 18, he met his Churchhill family and moved to Mille Lacs to meet the rest of his Ojibwe family, there he met his brothers: Jayson, Justin and Ryan.

John loved the Minnesota Vikings almost as much as he loved golfing, nothing stopped him from watching the Vikings. Now, golf was another story, from the time he was young until the week before he passed, he was golfing. He learned to golf from his grandpa Ellis. Grandpa Ellis bought John his first set of golf clubs when he was around 12 or 13.

Survived by his five children: Dakota Ray Donahue, Dannon Donahue, Dylan Oswaldson, Xavier Donahue andArianna Donahue; mother: Deborah Kitto Heminger; fathers:Melvin Ellis and Gene Heminger; brothers: David Donahue, Jayson Churchhill, Justin Churchhill and Ryan O’Brien; sisters: Shenandoah Ellis-Ulmer and Toni Heminger; a grandchild; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by his grandparents: Earlwin Kitto, Oakley Redwing Johnson, John and Bernice Churchhill,  Melvin and Sadie Ellis and Christopher and Shirley Johnson Jr.

All-night visitations will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 and Thursday, June 13, 2024  beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Buffalo Lake District Center in Eden, South Dakota.

A funeral service for John Donahue will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. at the Buffalo Lake District Center in Eden, South Dakota

Officiating is Jr. Heminger, J.C. Crawford, and Louis Johnson

Music is Billy Kohl

Drum Group will be Buffalo Lake Sundance

Honorary Casket Bearers will be John’s Loving Family and Friends.

Casket Bearers will be David Donahue, John Beaver, Jayson Churchhill, Justin Churchhill, Ryan O’Brien, Dylan Oswaldson, Speros Ellis-Ulmer, Gus Ellis-Ulmer, Hunter Smith, Michael Ellis-Ulmer, Billy Canku Jr., Jeremiah Johnson, John Lincoln, Jackson Ellis-Ulmer

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com

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Lloyd Benedict Keoke, Hau Mahpiya Yuhomni Au “He who brings the Turning Cloud” age 71 of Onamia, Minnesota, Journeyed to the Spirit World on Friday, June 7, 2024 in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.  He was born on March 7, 1953 in Sisseton, South Dakota the son of Levi Keoke Sr. and Doris Barse – Keoke

Lloyd loved his traditional ways from dancing, singing, and teaching.  He gave in many ways, because he lived life returning to others, what he learned throughout his 71 years.  He liked sharing and telling stories, so people learn their ways without regret. He was a Sundancer for many years with Danny Seaboy and family.

He went to Boarding School and serviced his country in the U.S. Army. Lloyd was an Alcohol Counselor for many years. Some of the things that Lloyd enjoyed doing were beading, sewing, talking on the phone to family and friends, gambling – pushing buttons. He was an artist and always full of laughs. Loved spending time at home around family, eating home cooked meals with nap time to follow shortly after. Lloyd was blessed with two sets of great grand baby twins.

Survived by his daughter: Rhonda Wilson; her children: Dusty Renville (Whitney Hannen) and their children: Daxtin Renville Lawrence, Creed Renville and twins: Bexley and Bellamy Renville; Kaycee Renville (Hayden Heinecke) and their children: Stetzen Renville and twins: Kinzley and Koe Heinecke; Ty Renville and Kelcee Renville:  sister: Edna Max; brother: Levi Keoke Jr.; numerous nephews, nieces and significant other: Carol Sam and her extended family.

Preceded in death by his parents: Levi Koeke Sr. and Doris Barse – Keoke; sister: Eleanor Keoke – Beaudreau; brother: Quinton David Spider “Cooter”; grandson: Jerome Renville III; nephew: Shaun Beaudreau; nieces: Angela Keoke and Marissa Lewis; sister – in – law: Rose Keoke.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 11. 2024 from 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. and Wednesday, June 12, 2024 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Sisseton, South Dakota.

A funeral service for Lloyd Keoke will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Sisseton, South Dakota.

Officiating will be Levi Keoke, Clyde Kampeska, John Cloud and Darrell Mireau

Pianist will be Billy Kohl

Drum Group will be all in attendance

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Colin Cash, Joseph Nayquonabi, Ben St. John, All of his Millac’s Friends and all of his SWO family and friends.

Casket Bearers will be Garrett Keoke, Calvin Max, Jason Beaudreau, Eric DuMarce, Chad Keoke, Cody Seaboy, Londel Seaboy and Virgil Benjamin

Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cemetery in Sisseton, South Dakota.

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com

The family of Lloyd Keoke would like to Thank the staff at Centra Care in St. Cloud, Minnesota for their loving care of Lloyd.

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Sandrea “Sandi” Ann Mason was born on March 16, 1947 in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Leona Roberts and David Mason. She has two siblings and is the mother of five children: four boys and a girl. She has 27 grandchildren with about 12 great grandchildren.

She lived in the Little Earth community off and on since 1977. Sandi was a lifelong learner. Loved working and moving around a lot, she couldn’t sit still for too long. She loved being a part of her community. Most community events she made sure to attend.  Loved going to powwows, dancing and ceremonies. She loved making dream catchers and teaching others, how to make them also. Loved watching her soaps. She enjoyed time with her grand kids and great grand kids.

Sandi is survived by 4 of her children: Courtney Mason, Rochelle Goodwin, Craig Goodwin, and Landry Goodwin; sister: Davette Mason; brother; Dustin Mason and grandchildren: Niko, Maizey, Deidra and many more grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Sandi is preceded in death by Parents Leona Roberts and David Mason. Brother Kenneth Mason. Son Collin Goodwin. Grand children Deja, Alandrea, Leaonza, Tajane, and Fred.

An all-night visitation will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at the Minnesota Women’s Indian Resource Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota being at 11:00 A.M.

A funeral service for Sandrea “Sandi” Ann Mason will be held on Friday, June 7 at 11:00 A.M .at the Minnesota Women’s Indian Resource Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com

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April 6, 1960 – June 4, 2024

Kevin Leo Laxen, age 64, of Winsted passed away on Tuesday afternoon, June 4th, 2024 at The Garden of Winsted Nursing Home.

He was born on April 6, 1960 in Hutchinson the son of Leo & Rita (Sterner) Laxen.

Kevin worked as a janitor at The Howard Lake High School.   He then worked at Munson Feed.  From there he moved to California and worked as a painter.   After a few years he then moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and started his business as “Handyman Services”.

After an unfortunate ATV accident in 2018, Kevin moved back to Minnesota to be closer to family.

Kevin enjoyed his parrot “Smokey” of 27 years, photography, traveling, spending time with his family and friends and the outdoors.   Kevin took pride in his work and was very particular.  He was a very caring and kind person.

Survived by his loving siblings: Michael Laxen (Linda), Donald (Cindy) Laxen, Carol (Gerry) Bisping, Gerald (Sharon) Laxen, Linda (Eugene) Handt, Luanne (James) Arlt, Jeannette Eastling, Gregory Laxen, Joann Scherping and Jeffery Laxen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Leo and Rita Laxen, brothers-in-law Terry Scherping and Edward Eastling.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Kevin Laxen will be held on Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.   Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.

Interment will follow the luncheon at 2:00 P.M. at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 11th from 4:30 – 7:30 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.    A Prayer service will be held at 6:30 P.M.   Further visitation will be held on Wednesday morning, June 12th one hour prior to services at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.

Honorary Casket Bearer will be Jim Murphy.

Casket Bearers will be Mike Laxen, Don Laxen, Jerry Laxen, Greg Laxen, Jeff Laxen and Mark Heller.

Memorials are preferred to St. Jude or American Heart Association.

 

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Debra Kay Applebee, (Dancing Eagle Women) age 68 of Saint Paul, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Friday, May 31, 2024.  She was born on June 28, 1955 in Red Lake, Minnesota the daughter of Thomas Applebee and Melvina Morrison.

Debra lived her life in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She graduated from South High School and then attended the U of M receiving a degree in human services, employed as a Nutritionist for 20 years. Debbie always took care of her children, grandchildren and other extended family members.  She welcomed all.  Sure, she had her favorites.  Sewing, gardening, Ojibwe bead working was some on the things she enjoyed doing as a teenager.  She was a hoop dancer, later becoming a jingle dancer she also led her children to follow the native customs.  Debra was love by several people in the community and lots of organizations.  Debbie enjoyed her fun and will always be remembered for her ways.

Survived by her sons: Damon Applebee, Thomas Szmiot and Charles Szmiot; daughter: Jolene Szmiot; brother: Gary Applebee; sister: Lorie Applebee; ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; special children: Jorge “Beto” Costillo, Luis “Bunba Lu” Hernandez Cruz, Mystic “Angel Rose” Carlson; along with several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents: Thomas and Melvina Applebee; brothers: Brandon Applebee and Michael Applebee; sister: Linda Applebee; grandson: Andrea Costillo and husband: Butch Star

An all-night visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 beginning at 7:00 P.M. and Thursday, June 6, 2024 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A Funeral service for Debra Applebee will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Jorje “Beto” Castillo, Brandon Campbell, Charles Szmiot Jr., Richard Campbell, Breanna Johnson, Thomas Szmiot, Jolene Szmiot, Thomas “TJ” Applebee, Fabian “Ano” English, Marisa Love; all other family & friends, who loved her dearly.

Casket Bearers will be Benji Corbiesia, Steven Terry, Jorge “Beto” Castillo, Giovonni Szmiot, Brandon Szmiot, Anthony Costello, Fabian English

 

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences can be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome