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August 3, 1946 – Monday, September 30, 2013

Service Information
Fiddler’s Hall, Belcourt, ND
Monday, October 7, 2013
10:00 AM

Visitation Information
Fiddler’s Hall, Belcourt, ND
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Beginning at 6:00 PM

Donna Marie Martin Patenaude “Thunder Woman”, age 67, of Belcourt, ND Journeyed to the Spirit World on September 30, 2013.

She was born in Belcourt, ND on August 3, 1946 the daughter of Margaret Louise Grandboise and Lloyd Martin.

She was the sixth child born of 16 children. She pursued her education in Belcourt. Later in life she met and married John “Jack” Bondal. From that marriage she had three children, a daughter and two sons, Sheila, Charles and Randy. She later met Wayne Vervalen. They married and had two sons, Duane and Bradley. He passed away and she then married John Patenaude. She lived in various places in MN and ND. She then moved back to Belcourt for the last years of her life. She worked hard all of her life. She worked at Ryan Potatoes and Western Hotel. She ended up working at Rolla Hospital for 22 years and then retired. She was the grandmother and head elder of Pembina Descendants Committee. She was involved in the treaty rights of the Pembina Band. She enjoyed sewing, canning, cooking, raising children including two of her grandchildren, and helping others. She was a really loving and giving person who would go without to help someone else in need, whether it be her family or friends.

Survived by husband John Patenaude, children Sheila Charette, Charles Vondal, Randy (Gina Moran) Vondal, Duane (Gloria Champange) Vervalen, Bradley Vervalen, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Preceded by parents Lloyd and Margaret, spouses, infant child, step-son Patrick Patenaude, sisters Janice and Evonne, brother Larry, and daughter-in-law Claudia (White Owl) Vervalen, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Casket Bears: Darrell Martin, Duane Martin, Stacy Martin, Duane Vervalen, Doug Parisien and Lenny Houle.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be her brothers and nephews.

Spiritual Leaders will be Alex DeCoteau and Debbie Gourneau.

Special music provided by local drum groups.

All night wake will be held on Sunday, October 6 beginning at 6:00 PM at Fiddler’s Hall in Belcourt, ND.

Funeral services for Donna Patenaude will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 7, 2013 at Fiddler’s Hall, Belcourt, ND.

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