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April 5, 1945- April 15, 2021

Olivia Marcia Johnson-Eastman, Mahpiya Aku Win, age 76, of Red Iron Lake, SD journeyed to the Spirit World on April 15, 2021 in Fargo, ND.

She was born on April 5, 1945 in Sisseton, SD the daughter of Elvin Stavick and Rose Blossom Johnson.  Olivia married Wayne Eastman on July 20, 2005.

Olivia loved teaching the Dakota language.  She had attended the Wahpeton Indian Boarding School and was not allowed to speak the language – so teaching it became very important to her.  She went to school to become a dental assistant.  She worked for IHS.  She then furthered her education to become a teacher and taught at the Enemy Swim Day School and SWO College, teaching the Dakota language.  Olivia also worked on the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Language Archives to insure the continuation of the Dakota language.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing and doing crafts.  The most important thing to Olivia was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survived by her children Loris Johnson, Leah Quinn Fool Bear, Lynnelle Quinn and LuJuanna Quinn-Hartmen; numerous step-children; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; siblings Wanda Johnson, Cynthia Starr, Ronald Brant, Stacy Brant Sr., Matthew Stavick, Jesse Stavick, Tisha Stavick and Tyrell Stavick; many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings Inez Marks, Rita Brant Holy Bull, Alcott Brant Sr., Michael Brant and Gary Brant.

Funeral service for Olivia Johnson-Eastman will be Monday, April 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Church, Eden, SD.  Filmore Simon and Jr. Heminger will officiate.  Interment will follow at Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Cemetery.

The family wake will be held beginning at 7:00 PM Friday, April 16, 2021 at the family residence, 44455 SD Hwy 10, Sisseton, SD.

All-night wakes will be held beginning at 7:00 PM Saturday, April 17, 2021 and Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Buffalo Lake District Center, Buffalo Lake, SD

Casket bearers will be Bryan Twilling Sr., Brent Starr, Ryder Dirtseller Jr., Wambli-Wastá Brant, Alcott Brant Jr., Gary Brant Jr., Eric Tiger, Nickolas Johnson, Leonard DuMarce III. and Nathan Owen.

Honorary Bearers will be Matthew Stavick, Jesse Stavick, Tyrell Stavick, Terry Wienbach and Jesse Larson.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN served the family.

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Gonsalves

    Kunsi Olivia I was hoping to visit with you one more time at least. I loved our friendship and thank you for being the one who gave me my Dakota name. A gift that will be mine until we meet again. Thank you for your acceptance and kindness you shared with my family. You will be forever missed but Wakanda, Rita, hubby and all the others will be happy to greet you again. All my love.

  2. Gerald Thompson Sr.

    I will miss our greetings and kidding, all in Decorah and most of all your special friendship through the years. RIP my friend, creator awaits you in his kingdom.

  3. Anna I.

    Great educator and person. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for the knowledge you bestowed to me. May your journey bring you peace and comfort. RIP

  4. Tami FetterMullen

    Condolences to those left behind. We will all be together one day.

  5. Lori Nelson

    I will miss her kindness and love for her people, ways and how she always had a kind word for me. My prayers and condolences for healing during this difficult time of grieving for everyone who loved her.

  6. Sam DuMarce Jr

    My condolences, I’m very sorry for your loss.

  7. Matt

    Rest in peaceSis!

    I miss you!


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