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Joan Thurlaine Feather, age 74, of Peever, South Dakota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Friday, May 29th, 2020 at The Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

She was born on August 25, 1945 in Sisseton the daughter of Matthew & Ida Mae (Ryan) Derby.

Joan loved her grandchildren and always enjoyed being with her family. 

She was a prayerful person with beliefs in the “sacred way of life”.   Joan was a former sundancer who was fond of traveling and going to the casino.  

Survived by her children: Tom Bartunek, Dave Bartunek, Peter Green-Thompson, Kelley Feather and Camille Feather; 23 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; 9 step children; siblings: Bobby Duggan, Sandy LaBatte, Lyle Eccles and Barbara Duggan; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years John Feather, her first husband Errol Bartunek Sr.; children Pamela Bartunek, Bobby Bartunek, Mike Bartunek and Errol Bartunek, grandchildren Zach and Haley Bartunek, siblings Earl Duggan Jr., Phyllis Duggan, Diane Duggan, Charles Duggan, Shirley Duggan, Dino LaBatte and daughter-in-law Louetta Schoenrock.

An all night wake will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Feather residence in rural Peever.

Family Graveside Services for Joan Feather will be held on Wednesday, June 3rd at 2:00 P.M. at The Sisseton-Wahpeton Veteran’s Cemetery.    Spiritual Advisor is Mike Peters.   Drum group will be “Toka Nuwan”.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Lilly Runnels, Myrna Thompson, Barb Ryan, Darlene Pipe Boy, Rose Chase, Lorraine German, Barbara Duggan, her Sundance Family and all her other friends.

Casket Bearers will be Kennedy Bartunek, Sydney Bartunek, Julius Feather, Brain Bartunek, Tanner Bartunek, Toby Schoenrock, Chandler Bartunek, Heaven Carter, Emma Bartunek and Kimi Feather.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to


5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rhoda Rodriguez

    I am so sorry for your loss. Joan was such a nice lady. Every time I saw her she was smiling. She will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Fena Redwing

    I worked with Joan in the early to mid ’90’s when she was a receptionist at DSC. She was a fun person to visit with and always had a great attitude. Rest peacefully my friend. Prayers for the families in this difficult time.

  3. Laura Bartunek

    My prayers are with you during this time of loss. Grandma Joan was a very sweet lady who really enjoyed spending time with family. She will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss.

  4. Carlena Macconnell

    We love you and prayer’s are with you and all the family hug’s of comfort

  5. renee

    Joan was my grandma. She cared for me and my 4 siblings when our parents couldn’t. I miss her with all my heart and would do anything to see her again. I was 11 when she passed I am now 15. I always try to live how she wants me to and I have been for her because it’s the only way I know how to repay her for the time she took out of her life to make me and my siblings happy. every time I need to pray I pray to my grandma and I always feel her spirit with me. i love and miss my grandam every day and I respect her every day.


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