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May 7, 1948 – Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Service Information
Community Center, Old Agency Village, SD
Sunday, August 1, 2010
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

Juanita Mae Owen, “Wiyaka Waste Win” Journeyed to the Spirit World on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at her residence in Agency Village, South Dakota.

She was born on May 7, 1948 to Gordon and Florine (Feather) Owen.

Juanita grew up at the Feather Homestead in Big Coulee, Peever, South Dakota. She attended grade school at the Big Coulee Day School and High School at The Flandreau Indian School.

She was united in marriage to George Bagola in 1965, from this marriage three children were born, Derek, Justin and Stephanie Bagola all of Sisseton, South Dakota. Juanita also had one adopted son Curtis Fayant of Sisseton, South Dakota.

Juanita was a very quiet, caring person. She had many friends and her home was always open to anyone who came to visit.

Juanita’s fulltime job was caring for and raising her children and the children of many of her friends. She baby sat many children in this community. Juanita was an Elder for The Ascension Church of Big Coulee. Juanita also served as the Secretary for the Tribal Elderly Board.

When not caring for children, Juanita loved to play bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Gordon and Florine (Feather) Owen, two sisters: Christine Owen Wanna and Winifred Owen, her maternal grandparents Silas and Lillian (DeCoteau) Feather, her paternal grandparents Howard and Lydia (Bernard) Owen and a nephew: Shane Owen.

Survivors include her sisters: Jacquelyn (Owen) and her husband Larry Lowe of Summit, South Dakota, Kathy (Feather) and her husband Joe White of Sisseton and her adopted sister Faith Lufkins of New Effington, South Dakota; her children: Derek, Justin and Stephanie Bagola all of Sisseton, South Dakota; maternal uncle: John (Joan) Feather of Peever, South Dakota; twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Juanita will truly be missed by all her family, relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Juanita Owen will be held on Sunday, August 1st at 2:00 P.M. at The Sisseton-Wahpeton Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Officiating will be Reverend Enright Bighorn, Jr. Heminger and John Cloud, III.

Special music by Clyde Kampeska, Carl Lufkins, Joe & Kathy White and The Big Coulee Choir. Drum Group will be Old Agency Singers.

Pianist will be Billy Kohl.

Wakes will be held Thursday and Friday beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. An all night wake will be held Saturday, July 31st beginning at 7:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Mary Shaw, Doris Bursheim, Verna Sargent, Faith Lufkins, Yvette Kohl, Carol Baccaro, Janelle Bursheim, Sharon Feather and Joan Feather.

Casket Bearers will be Jeremy Lowe, Lorne Lowe, Leo Lowe, Thurston Owen, Wayne Heminger, Harold Bernard, Lee Bernard, Vernon Pasha Renville and Francis Heminger, Jr.

Arrangments for Juanita Owen are by The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tamra Redday

    To Juanita’s children and family: I am very sorry for your loss. Juanita has always been a good friend of mine. Her smile and enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

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  2. christa piechowski

    I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  3. Kristy Owen

    GRANDMA, I REALLY MISS YOU…. THERE AIN’T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON’T THINK OF YOU…. YOU WAS LIKE MY MOM… YOU RAISED A GOOD WOMAN HERE AND I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU AS YOU WATCH DOWN ON ME FROM HEAVEN. YOU WILL BE TRUELY MISSED… I LOVE YOU GRANDMA AND YOUR GRAND-CHILDREN LOVE YOU TOO… YOU SEE THEM, GRANDMA, THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL AIN’T THEY? THEY LOVE YOU TOO…GRANDMA I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU DEARLY… LOVE ALWAYS AND FOREVER YOUR CHINA DOLL. KRISTY OWEN

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  4. Gabrielle Mae Bagola

    Grandma I miss you a lot. I know that we didn’t get to see each other when you passed, but I love you so much. I wish I was there on your last night. The stuff I did was not helping you at all because you worry about me. I am sorry for everything, I am trying to get my life together. Uncle miss you alot and one day, just maybe, one day he will get to see you again. One day I’ll get to see you again. Grandma, you were always there for everyone for us and you never let us down, but now it’s our turn to not let you down. I miss you Grandma and I love you with all my heart.

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  5. Gabrielle Mae Bagola

    Grandma; I miss you alot. I know that we didn’t get to see each other when you passed, but I love you so much. I wish I was there on your last night. The stuff I did was not helping you at all because you worry about me. I am sorry for everything. I am trying to get my life together. Uncle miss you alot and one day, just maybe one day, he will get to see you again. One day I’ll get to see you again. Grandma, you were always there for everyone for us and you never let us down, but now it’s our turn to not let you down. I miss you, Grandma, and I love you with all my heart.

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