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October 28, 1944 – Monday, August 6, 2018

Service Information
The Community Center-Old Agency Village, SD
Friday, August 10, 2018
3:30 P.M.

Visitation Information


Della Mae Shepherd Bernard, “Tioyake Waste Wi” (Keeping a good house woman), age 73, of Sisseton, South Dakota went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 6th, 2018.

She was born on October 28, 1944 in Sisseton, South Dakota the daughter of Ole and Victoria (Barker) Shepherd.

Della loved reading, the out of doors, watching Law & Order, her crossword puzzles, studying the Bible and going to Church gatherings. She was also the #1 supporter of her sons singing at the drum.

Della was fond of watching Pow-Wows, storms, supporting other families in their time of need and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survived by her five children: Harold, Delmer, Debra, Darwin and Doreen Bernard; eighteen grandchildren and twenty-nine great grandchildren;siblings: Solomon and Gideon Shepherd and Saphrona Shepherd Crawford; her adopted children: Thomas Wilson, Anthony Mazawisicana, Richard Hill, Dean Abraham, Lyndon Haug, Kevin LaFontaine, Michael LaFontaine, Vine Marks Jr. “Hokie”, Cary Eastman, Derrick Bagda, Perry Lufkins, John Redday “Howie”, Chris Felcia, Philmore Jackson, Steve Jackson Jr., Craig Spider, Nathan Smith “Jimmy”, Kevin Chilson, Tracy Heminger, Darren Crawford, Marsha LaFontaine, Kim Kampeska, Cindy White Cloud, Vernon Renville and Coke Jones; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by sons: Edwayne Bernard and Alan Shepherd, two grandsons, Gabriel and Gage Heminger, her parents, husband: Delano Bernard, siblings: Edna Seaboy, Madeline Seaboy, Hildreth Seaboy, Moses Seaboy, Magnus Shepherd, Baby Joe Seaboy.

Funeral services for Della Mae Shepherd Bernard will be held on Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 3:30 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Interment will follow at Eagles Wings in rural Peever, South Dakota. Officiating will be Pastor Nippy Owen, Pastor Phil Lawrence, Pastor Jerome Renville, Pastor Jim Bird and Gerald Heminger Jr.

Drum Group will be “Old Agency Singers”.
Special Music by: Phil Lawrence, Eddie Rousseau, Elaina Wilson, Lorraine Rousseau, Butch Felix and St. Mary’s Lay Readers.

A Wake will be held on Wednesday, August 8th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at The Old Agency District Center. Further Wake will be held on Thursday, August 9th at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Yvonne Red Earth, Mavis Hill, Bobbi Owen, Karen Holmes, Karen Renville, Marcella Haug, Diane Flannery, Kim Pratt, Dialysis Nurses, Barbara Mail, Alberta Crawford, Sylvia Owen, Katie Kitto, Darlene Kitto, Vastana “Rocky” James, Nettie Kirk and Amy Haug.

Casket Bearers will be Edward Rousseau, Lance Haug, Dion Bernard, Rain Shepherd, Noah Bernard, Isaiah Bernard, Marshall DuMarce, Joe Owen, Jordan White, Maurice Redday III, Abrey Flute and Anthony Mazawisicana.

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