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Eugene Samuel Olson, Jr., (“Wa besh kaw ne quad, meaning White Cloud”), gracefully journeyed into the Spirit World on August 25, 2023. He was born on October 3, 1986 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eugene drew strength from his roots as a proud member of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa.

Eugene’s life was a testament to the beauty of his spirit. He was a friend to everyone he met. His easygoing nature, coupled with a warm smile, made him an approachable and charming presence. Eugene’s genuine happiness was infectious, and his generous heart and steadfast willingness to assist others defined his character. He was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed.

Eugene now rejoins those who have preceded him in death: his mother, Cheryl Thompson; sisters, Clarice Thompson and Andonis Levering; brother, Emmanuel Olson; and his maternal grandmother, Hazel Olson.

Eugene’s devotion to his loved ones was unparalleled, and he found immense pride and joy in his role as a father. He is survived by his children, Zayden Olson and Ohliveya Olson-Martin, who were his greatest source of happiness. He also leaves behind a legacy cherished by his devoted father, Eugene Olson, Sr; sisters, Alesia Washington and Christine Thompson; brother, Niingoosis Olson; aunts, Jody, Sherri, and Sissy; Sylvia Thompson and her family, and his special friend, Sammi Keezer.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 28, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Fond du Lac Band Urban Office (1308 East Franklin Avenue, Mpls, MN). From there, he will have an all-night wake at the Fond du Lac Cultural Center (1711 Big Lake Rd, Cloquet, MN). Funeral Service will follow on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Fond du Lac Cultural Center in Cloquet, MN. Interment to follow at the Old Holy Family Cemetery in Cloquet, MN.

**Please note the different locations of the visitation and all-night wake when making travelling arrangements**

Casket bearers are Niingoosis Olson, Romney Olson, Carlos Macedonio, Jaime Cruz, Joel Belgarde, and Brian Stillday, Jr. Assisting with the service will be Rick Defoe.

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

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Daniel Travis Raincloud Robertson, Makizinens ( Little Moccasin ) age 32, of Saint Paul, Minnesota Journeyed to the Spirit World in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He was born on October 10, 1990 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of George Robertson and Norine Smith.

Daniel started drumming and singing from a very young ago and came to love pow wows and ceremonial events. Dan loved children and he was a very very good uncle. He loved being out in the community and helping others. He also enjoyed sports, biking, going for walks and spending time with family and friends. He was always very loving, friendly, and kind, to all that met and knew him. He also was very smart and had a very kindred spirit.

Survived by sisters: Elizabeth Robertson (Ricardo), Rosalyn Robertson (Kevin), Marilyn Yanez (Karim), and Kathryn Yanez; brothers: John Robertson (Cara), Torivio Yanez, and Casey Chryn; aunts: Rosalyn Keahna, and Betty Strong; uncle: Frank Robertson Sr.; older cousins: John Wind, Charlie Wind, Conrad Robertson and Marilyn Robertson; nieces and nephews and many more loved ones.

Preceded in death by his father: George Conrad Robertson; grandparents: Fannie Robertson and Daniel Raincloud Sr.; brothers: George Taylor, Shaun Murphy, Jeremy Yanez and Anthony Rudolph; sisters: Pamela Lorusso, Frances Robertson and Celesta Yanez; aunts: Ona kingbird, Francine Embertson, Philomene Armstrong and Georgette Robertson; uncles: Charles Robertson Sr., Robert Robertson and Vincent Keahna; nephew: Desmus Belgarde; older cousins: Franklin Robertson Jr., Clifford Robertson and Ruth Wind.

An all-night visitation will be held on Monday, August 28, 2023 beginning at 5:00 P.M. at The Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A funeral service for Daniel Robertson will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Officiating Shawn Philips

Casket Bearers will be Charles Wind, Jalen Belgarde, Ricardo Gonsalez, Raymond Robertson, John Robertson, Kevin Lorusso Sr.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Ayden Belgarde, Conrad Robertson, Hoksila Lamont, Torivio Yanez, Austin Lagarde, Nathan Lorusso, Casey Chryn

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

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Marilyn Faye Wakeman, aged 68, of Flandreau, South Dakota, journeyed to the Spirit World peacefully on August 22nd, 2023, at her home with her family by her side. Marilyn was born on November 16th, 1954, to Clarence and Flora Delorme on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota.

Marilyn was one of 15 children and often recalled her love of riding horses through the forested hills of her childhood home. She attended multiple boarding schools throughout her youth. It wasn’t until she became a student at the Flandreau Indian School that she met her soulmate, Francis Wakeman Jr. It was love at first sight and two weeks later the married-on July 6th, 1971. Marilyn and her husband moved across the country many times before eventually settling down in Flandreau, South Dakota.

Marilyn was a dedicated, hard worker, who, once in a job, stayed with it, no matter the cost.  She worked at John Morell’s in Sioux Falls for many years and later worked at the Royal River Casino & Hotel, before leaving and opening the Pejutasapa Coffee shop. She was an incredible mother and grandmother; after raising her children, she lovingly raised her three grandchildren as her own, Jordan Faye Curry, Francis Oliver Eastman and Rachel Flora Wakeman, always placing their needs before her own.

Marilyn collected turtle and clown figurines; enjoyed listening to classic rock, such as the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bob Seger, who she often compared his looks to her brother Donzold. Throughout her life, she was known as a tough woman, who defied the odds and fought fiercely against anything in her way. She was often seen riding behind her husband on his motorcycle or working alongside him mowing lawns. She enjoyed gambling, going out to restaurants, and the true love of her life, sugar and anything made with it. In her final years, she was finally able to relax and enjoy the peaceful life she deserved and always dreamed. She enjoyed spending time with her son, grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Debra Wakeman; going on many adventures, camping trips and gambling expeditions throughout the region.

Her journey has reunited her with her loving husband, Francis Wakeman Jr, her parents, Flora Davis and Clarence Delorme, her four brothers Charles, Daryl, Eddie, and Donzold Delorme, and her grandson, Ronnie.

She leaves behind her son, Francis Wakeman III, granddaughter, Rachel Wakeman, grandson, Rufus Wakeman, sister-in-law, Debra Wakeman, her surviving sisters and brothers: Wanda & Michael Pond (Billings, MT), , Carol Delorme (Minot, ND), Sharon Delorme (St. Mary’s, PA), Marlys Delorme (Seattle, WA), Alisa and Kehar Singh (Las Vegas, NV), Lorrie DeCoteau (Belcourt, ND), her Brothers: Carl (Bismark, ND), Ronnie and Debra (North Platte, NE), Albert and Michele (Belcourt, ND), Jeff and Sherri (Rolette, ND). Grandchildren; Jordan & Tate Curry Sr., Francis Oliver Eastman. And 7 Great-grandchildren.

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Ronald Andrew “Ron” Bayerl, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at his residence in Winsted, Minnesota.  He was born on February 12, 1940 the son of Andrew and Martha (Kollath) Bayerl in Winsted, Minnesota.

Ron graduated from Holy Trinity School in 1958.  He later attended the University of St. Thomas.

Ron honorably served his Country in the United States Army.

On February 16, 1963, Ronald Bayerl was joined in Holy Marriage to Judith M. Barrett.  God blessed their marriage with three children.

He was employed for many years as a production planning manager at Nilfisk-Advance.  Ron was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a former lector.  He also belonged to The Knights of Columbus Council # 8253.

Ron enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing pool.  He was very fond of spending time at the cabin on Lake Mary.

Survived by his loving wife, Judy of sixty years; children: Susan Ratai (special friend, John Stifter), Joey Bayerl and Julie (Michael) Smith; grandchildren: Celine Ratai (special friend, Ben Koosman), Selena Ratai (special friend, Ronny Decker), Andrew Guenigsman and Braxton Guenigsman; a great-grandchild: Levi Decker; a sister:

Marlys Corr; other relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by his parents: Andrew and Martha Bayerl, a sister Joyce Quast, brothers-in-law: Joseph Quast and Gary Corr.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Ron Bayerl will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, Minnesota. Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.

A visitation will be held on Monday, August 28, 2023 from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:15 P.M. Parish Prayers at 7:30 P.M. Further visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday morning, August 29th from 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

Urn Bearers will be Ron’s grandchildren.

Inurnment at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, Winsted, 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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James Donald Baird – December 14, 1943 – August 21, 2023

Jim passed away unexpectedly after a short illness.

He was raised and worked on his family farm west of Winsted, MN.  He was a faithful husband to Ruth, a beloved father to seven children, adored grandpa to twenty-two grandchildren and four great-grandkids.  Admired by many relatives and friends.

He lived his faith in the grace of the Triune God.  This kind, generous, selfless gentleman will be dearly missed by anyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund, Winsted, MN.

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March 30, 1950 – August 18, 2023

Canpa Ista Win (Chokecherry Eyes Woman) also known as Lois Jean (Heminger) Jackson, age 73, of Sisseton, SD journeyed to the Spirit World on Friday, August 18, 2023.

She was born on March 30, 1950 in Sisseton, SD the daughter of LeRoy and Elsie (Feather) Heminger.

Lois attended boarding school until the fourth grade then moved in with the Crawford family.  Following high school, Lois graduated from Morris College.

She worked for her tribe and the Federal Government, retiring in 2010.

Lois had many hobbies but her favorites were reading and sewing.  She traveled a lot through the years and made many friends who later became her family.

She was a great, great, great granddaughter of Chief Little Crow.

Survived by her children Gary Montreal Jr and Lanise “Nece” Montreal; brother Francis “Tato” Heminger Sr.; twenty-two grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.  She is also survived by her loving companion Brian Robertson.

Preceded in death by her daughter Lisa DeMarrias; her parents; grandparents Rev. Albert and Ruth (Wakeman) Heminger, Silas and Lillian (DeCoteau) Feather; brothers Alex Heminger, Tony Johnson, Terry Heminger, Leroy Heminger Jr.; sisters Ramona Walker, Cynthia Wolfe, Beverly McKinney and Peggy Thompson; step-brothers and step-sisters; best friend Linda Crawford; and first cousin Russell Means.

Lois wanted to acknowledge special family members including Hunka Brothers Dennis Gill, Charles Gerad, Darrin, Marlon and Steve Amos and Gerald Amos; Hunka Sisters Carol Jordan, Linda Crawford, Collette, Caril and Jennie Amos.

Celebration of Life for Lois Jackson will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 12:00 Noon at the S.W.O. Community Center in Old Agency Village, SD. CRE Gerald Heminger Jr. will officiate.  Special music by Billy Kohl.

Honorary urn bearers will be all of Lois’ family and friends, Carol Jordan, Steve Jackson Jr., and Amilika Jackson.

Urn bearer will be William DeMarrias Jr.