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December 18, 1937 – Monday, November 6, 2017

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Prairie Island Elder Center, Prairie Island, MN
Friday, November 10, 2017
10:00 AM

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Prairie Island Elder Center, Prairie Island, MN
Wednesday and Thursday
Beginning at 7 PM Wed. & 6:30

LISTEN UP…..
Roberta Ann Shohn, age 79, journeyed to the Spirit World on November 6, 2017. She was born on December 18 1937 in Red Lake, MN on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, the daughter of Robert Oliver (White Earth, MN) and Louisa Redcloud (Red Lake, MN). Roberta was a loving and strong woman with a big heart and contagious smile. She enjoyed powwows, traveling and visiting with loved ones. Roberta was an advocate for welfare rights and Indian issues; she was the first director of the Kansas City Indian Center, Kansas City, MO. In 1977, Roberta and her family moved to Minneapolis, MN where she was also active in the native community. Roberta retired from the Schapiro Center for MS after 17 years. She always had a smile on her face and will be missed dearly by all she has encountered and loved.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren, Santiago and Kadence.
She is survived by five children: Maynard Needham (Helle) residing in Denmark, Robert, Karen and Steven (Julie Grey Eagle) Needham all of Minneapolis and Verlin (Ben) Wells of Welch, MN; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and step-grandchildren living both on Turtle Island and in Europe. Further Native social relationships extend from relatives residing on teh Red Lake Indian Reservation and elsewhere on Turtle Island. All of these people were blessed with knowing her, caring about her and being loved and cared for by her.
All who knew her were welcomed into her home, fed, coffeed up and sent on their way with good energy and usually a smile on their faces. Many people who knew her, such as co-workers and Facebook friends, were blessed with contacts easily renewed even after the passing of years. Having fought for so many people through the years including not only Native issues, but social issues, it is with the deepest gratitude that the family wishes to thank all of those who sent spiritual prayers and energy for her well being.
As we send her on her next travels it is without regret because we know her relatives and ours are there to help her on her way.

So…..”LISTEN UP” If I neglected to mention you, please forgive me and remember her, not me.

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June 2, 1961 – Sunday, November 5, 2017

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Buffalo Lake District Center, Buffalo Lake, SD
Saturday, November 11, 2017
10:00 AM

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Buffalo Lake District Center, Buffalo Lake, SD
Thursday and Friday
Beginning at 7 PM

Arness W. Titus, age 56, of Sisseton, SD journeyed to the Spirit World on Sunday, November 5 in Fargo, ND.

Arness was born to Ruth Titus and Donald Crawford on June 2, 1961in Sisseton, SD. He was raised in Buffalo Lake, SD by his maternal grandmother Grace along with his two brothers and two sisters. Arness attended Sisseton High School and continued his higher education at the Sisseton Wahpeton College in the Vocational program. He helped with the construction on the Veteran’s Memorial Gymnasium as well as other projects around the tribe while working toward his degree. Arness loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his family and friends. He was loved by all he met. Everywhere he went, he put a smile on someone’s face. He was a first language speaker and love to live in the natural realm close to nature. He will be remembered dearly by his family and close friends.

Arness is survived by an only son, Travis Blueshield; brothers Joel Eastman Sr. and Cary Eastman; sisters Rolette Eastman and Angeline Eastman; special granddaughters Jennevecia Grace Eastman and Jiraysa Rolette Sanchez-Eastman.

Preceded in death by his mother Ruth Titus; father Donald Crawford; maternal grandmother Grace Titus; maternal grandfather Rev. Willius Titus; paternal grandmother Edith Robertson-Crawford and paternal grandfather Lester Crawford Sr.

Funeral service for Arness Titus will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 am at the Buffalo Lake District Center. Rev. Enright Bighorn will officiate. Interment at Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Cemetery in Eden, SD.

A wake will be held on Thursday, November 9 from 7-10 pm at the Buffalo Lake District Center. An all night wake will be held Friday, November 10th beginning at 7 pm also at the Buffalo Lake District Center.

Honorary casket bearers will be Blair Ryan, Leslie King, Tracey Harwood, Lester Crawford, Travis Blueshield, Loren Marks, Ronnie Brant, Darold Hill, Lee Guy, Tim Max, Joel Eastman Jr., Phillip Lufkins, Sheldon Kipp, Craig Amos and Michael Wilson.

Casket bearers will be Dallas Hill, Everette Drum, Jarrien Barse, Daniel White, Nathaniel Thompson, Zacharious Thompson, Brandon Harwood, Cary Eastman, Joel Eastman, Caleb Eastman and Winston Eastman.

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

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June 25, 1950 – Saturday, November 4, 2017

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American Indian Center, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, November 10, 2017
3-6 PM

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None

Stanley “Windy/Buddha/Stan Sr./Uncle/Dad/Grandpa” Strong, age 67, died at home on November 4 of natural causes. He was born June 25, 1950, in Nett Lake, MN, to Russell (Bun) Joseph Strong and Elsie Sam (Anishinabe Wedding Ceremony). Growing up, Stanley enjoyed playing the guitar, drawing and spending time with his siblings. He was particularly inseparable from his brother, Russell “Dinskey”, until he passed. Stanley’s passion, love and skill for drawing led him to Minnesota Drafting School to pursue Architectural Drafting. Stanley was known for his sense of humor. He kept you on your toes and engaged in any conversation you entered into with him. Stanley loved to joke, making everyone laugh and smile with his incredibly quick and witty comments. He lived in Minneapolis, MN where he enjoyed going on walks, reading, doing crossword puzzles, going to the movies, and faithfully attending the state fair. A recent hobby of Stanley’s was video gaming. He played online and met several new friends this way. The gamers would be surprised when they learned he was in his 60’s because he was such a great gamer for his age. It was not uncommon to have gamers message him offline just to talk to him because of his fun-spirited personality. He is survived by his sons: Stanley (his daughter Adriana); Jesse (his wife Sophia and daughter Solana); his sons’ mother Cheryl along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: Roselyn “Rosey” Strong, Gail “Babe” Strong and Russell “Russ” Strong.

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September 2, 1931 – Thursday, November 2, 2017

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South Haven Town Hall-South Haven, MN
Saturday, November 18, 2017
11:00 A.M.

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William Darrell Carlson, age 86, passed away Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, Minnesota.

Bill was born September 2nd, 1931 in Pocahontas, Iowa to Harry and Hattie (Harriet Lambertson) Carlson, the sixth of 12 children.

In 1941 the Carlsons moved to Hector, Minnesota, where Bill helped on the family farm and attended high school, graduating in 1950. He was active in F.F.A., sports, band and developing his lifelong love of music.

Bill married Lois Lindekugel in 1952 and they were blessed with 8 children. They lived in several Minnesota communities until Bill’s retirement, when they settled south of Annandale.

He was employed as a machinist and welder. Bill was known as a hard worker, who took pride in what he built. Other hobbies included wood working, gardening, and genealogy. Bill also enjoyed western movies and was a John Wayne fan. His interest in music included classical, big band marches, ballads, and in later years he was especially fond of Celtic music which seemed comforting to him as he struggled with Alzheimer’s and complications after his stroke.

Bill will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, grandfather and having a “green thumb”. He had a delightful and dry sense of humor!

William is survived by his wife: Lois; 8 Children: Sonja Carlson of St. Paul, Joyce Miceli of Annandale, Rebecca (Lee) Titrud of Cokato, Laurie (Larry) Smith of Howard Lake, Melodee Pineiro of Bedford, Texas, Craig Carlson of Hutchinson, Richard (Amy) Carlson of Dassel and Paul Carlson of Spicer; 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; 4 siblings: Ila Mae Weis, Carol Dill, Darwin Carlson and Darlene Gentry; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Arvin, Delpha, Glen, Dale, Verne, Doris and Dorathy.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at The South Haven Town Hall.

Private interment will be this coming spring at The Hector City Cemetery in Hector, Minnesota.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or The American Heart Association.

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January 5, 1989 – Thursday, November 2, 2017

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St. Theodore’s Catholic Church, Ponsford, MN
Thursday, November 9, 2017
12:00 PM

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Little Earth of United Nations, Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
All night wake at 4PM

Donovan James Finday,II, age 28 journeyed to the Spirit World on November 2, 2017 in St. Paul, MN. All night wake from 4 PM on November 7, 2017 at Little Earth of United Tribes, Minneapolis, MN. Funeral service on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at St. Theodore’s Catholic Church, Ponsford, MN at 12 PM. Interment St. Theodore’s Cemetery, Ponsford, MN.

Don was born on January 5, 1989 to Donovan and Judi (Benaise) Fineday, Sr. in St. Paul, MN.

Preceded in death by his grandparents, Michael and Genevieve Badboy, grandfather, Duane Fineday, Sr., grandmother, Cecelia Ann Icemen, parents, Donovan and Judi; uncle Duane Fineday, Jr., brother, Kevin James Fineday, niece, Consuela Benaise.

Survived by his grandmother, Pat Fineday, brothers and sisters, Kory Benaise, Justin Fineday, Heather Fineday, Nathan Fineday, Duane Fineday, Janel Fineday, Leann Fineday, Samantha Benaise, Maria Melgoza, Cecelia Melgoza, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

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September 15, 1984 – Monday, October 30, 2017

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Nett Lake, MN
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Pending

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Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Urban Office; Mpls, MN
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:00 PM

Robert James Lightfeather, age 33 of Seattle, WA, formerly Minneapolis, MN, journeyed to the Spirit World on October 30, 2017. He was born September 15, 1984 to Jerry James Lightfeather and Ruby Jane (Bullhead) Lightfeather.

Robert was a loving and caring son, father, uncle, nephew and friend. He was a humorous person who was always laughing. Robert enjoyed his work in Seattle as a chef and laborer. He also enjoyed car rides, traveling to Pow Wows, music, traditional dancing, and time spent with his children, family and friends.

Preceded in death by his infant son, Robert James Lightfeather Jr., Grandparents, Edna and Gerald Rodewald, Harry and Evelyn Lightfeather; adoptive mom, Verna Kingbird; uncles, Floyd Bullhead, Melvin Bullhead; aunts, Rachel Hunter, Rose Marie Bebo; and cousins, Edwin Bullhead Jr., Andrew Battees, Justin Bullhead.

Robert is survived by his parents, Jerry and Ruby Lightfeather; wife, Kristin Lightfeather; children, Mya Lightfeather and Aaliyah Lightfeather; siblings, Darren Lightfeather, Jerry Lightfeather Jr., Sant-na Bigbear, Keenan Stone; uncles, Aaron Lightfeather, Norman Lightfeather, Kenny Lightfeather, Edwin Bullhead, Brian Bullhead; aunts, Cindy Rodewald, Cheryl Rodewald, Charlotte Bullhead; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

All-night wake will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 beginning at 5:00 PM at the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Urban Office (1308 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN). Funeral service Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Nett Lake, MN.