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Valerie Gertrude GreyEagle Obituary
Friday, September 09 2016
 
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Valerie Gertrude GreyEagle
November 19, 1982  - August 14, 2016

grey-eagle-obit.jpgValerie Gertrude GreyEagle, “Taḣca Ska Win” (White Deer Woman) age 33 of the Lower Sioux Community, entered the Spirit World on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at her home. Valerie was born November 19, 1982 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Dan GreyEagle and Wanda Blue. She was baptized at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church.  Valerie attended school in Morton and later completed her schooling. She married Martin Mayotte in 2003. Valerie was Senior Girls Princess when she was 18 years old. She was a fancy dancer and enjoyed sewing and making fry bread.  She practiced her traditional Dakota ways. Valerie was a good hearted, soft spoken soul who was a friend to all. She was a full-time mom and raised her three children. Valerie loved to visit with her relatives and friends.

Valerie is survived by her father Dan GreyEagle of the Lower Sioux Community; mother Wanda Blue of Phoenix, AZ; children Tru, Mya, and Leah of the Lower Sioux Community; grandfather Dennis Blue of the Lower Sioux Community; sisters Danielle, DeeDee, and Lydia GreyEagle; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends.  She is preceded in death by her sister Debbie Schoen, grandparents Tom and Iola Columbus and Sylvia Blue, and many other relatives. 

Funeral services were held August 18 at the Lower Sioux Church Hall. Burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. 

Donavan “DJ” Golubowicz (Jan. 23, 1967 - Feb. 5, 2016)
Tuesday, March 08 2016
 
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golubowicz-obituary.jpgDonavan “DJ” Golubowicz, age 49, of the Lower Sioux Community entered the Spirit World on February 5, 2016 at his home. Donavan Jaye Golubowicz was born January 23, 1967 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Dennis Lothert and Lillian Columbus.  He graduated from White Bear High School, and later attended Century College for culinary arts.  DJ worked in construction and earned his boilermaker’s license. He traveled the world, and rode all over the United States on his Harley. He loved the outdoors and wildlife, taking care of dogs and training them. DJ enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and being goofy with his kids. He was a fun loving, outgoing person. DJ was an outstanding cook, loved watching movies, and enjoyed doing arts and crafts. His favorite pastime was playing guitar, singing, and dancing.
DJ is survived by his fiancée Angela “Shorty” Golubowicz; mother Lillian Wilson; father Dennis Lothert; children: Mario, Terrence, Shaya, Jonny, and the twins; grandchildren: Samyah, Cory, and Jeffery; siblings: Eileen, Tim, Deon, Stacy, and Caesar; the Golubowicz family; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother Willard, nephew Marcus Roberts, nieces Ashley Whitebird and Monique Wilson, and cousins Chad Gruendemann and Salina Eller. 
Funeral services were held on February 9 at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church on the Lower Sioux Community. Visitation was held at the Lower Sioux Guild Hall. Burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.

Marcus Lee Roberts
Thursday, January 07 2016
 
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Marcus Lee Roberts
September 4, 1980 - December 9, 2015

marcusrobertobituarysm.jpgMarcus Lee Roberts, age 35 of Bloomington, entered the Sprit World unexpectedly Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Funeral services were held December 14 at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church at the Lower Sioux Community.  Visitation was Saturday evening at the church hall.  There was a prayer service  and visitation up to the time of the service on Monday. Burial is in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent online at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls assisted the family with arrangements.

Marcus Lee Roberts was born September 4, 1980 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the first born son of Timothy Roberts and Elaine (Smith) Pierce. He attended South High in Minneapolis and Redwood Valley High School. Marcus worked in the manufacturing industry and the gaming industry. He was a family man, a fun loving man, and beloved son, father, brother, cousin, and uncle. Marcus was the kind of man you wanted on your side in any occasion. He enjoyed playing disc golf and spending time with his kids, family, and friends. If it meant going broke to have fun, he didn’t sweat it. 

Marcus is survived by his father Timothy Roberts; mother Elaine Pierce; children: Chance, Makaylee, Alexis, Techa, and Elisa; grandmothers Lillian Wilson and Ardythe Smith; siblings: Jeremy, Paul, Kenny, Krista, Nokoma, Wakinyanna, and Jasmine; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his infant daughter Chasity and two grandfathers.

Fred Armel
Thursday, December 03 2015
 
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June 13, 1948 - November 4, 2015

Fred Armell, of the Ho-Chunk Nation, was born in Winnebago, Nebraska and spent most of his life in Minnesota. Fred was a well-known artist; his paintings and drawings were always of a spiritual nature. He was a long-distance runner and took part in countless spiritual runs and walks, including the 1992 Peace and Dignity Journey.

Fred was a sun-dancer at Pipestone for many years. In the Twin Cities he volunteered serving free meals at the American Indian Center and helped with a gardening program in the Little Earth Community.
Fred bonded with people from all walks of life. He is survived by his son, Joaquin Armell, his sisters, Kay Jensen and Patty Armell and many other relatives.

William Roy St. John
Thursday, December 03 2015
 
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William Roy St. John
January 8, 1968 - November 15, 2015.
obit_william_st_john.jpgWilliam Roy St. John, age 47, formerly of Sisseton, South Dakota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Sunday, November 15, 2015. He was born on January 8, 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of William LaCroix and Patricia St. John. He is survived by a son: Anthony Philbrick; a grandchild: Wakan Philbrick; a brother: Richard Byington and by a sister: Netnuqua Martin; Nieces and nephews; other relatives and lots of friends. He is preceded in death by his mother Patricia St. John Renner, and father William LaCroix, brother Mark Byington.

William enjoyed to do artwork like pencil drawing, portraits, and paintings, playing basketball, watching football and basketball. He enjoyed eating at Pizza Hut. He also enjoy spending time with his son Anthony St. John Philbrick. William loved his family, he was very caring and loving to everyone he met!

Funeral services for William Roy St. John was held on November 23rd at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. A Wake was held on November 21 and an all night wake was held on November 22nd at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Interment was at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Veblen, South Dakota.  

Honorary Casket Bearers: Chaske St. John, Kyle St. John, Dylan DeMarrias, Isaiah Dragswolf and Sequoyah St. John Casket Bearers: Richard St. John, Juilo Casarez, Carlos Casarez, Jeffery Moreno, Edward St. John and Fred Ducheneaux.

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

 

Passing On: Terri Lynn Oliver
Monday, May 04 2015
 
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Terri Lynn Oliver

Terri Lynn Oliver, 47, of St. Paul, journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

She was born on July 23, 1967 in St. Paul, the daughter of Allan F. Oliver and Zelda M. King.

An independent spirit and being, Terri enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, spending time with family and friends, joking and laughing. She could sing a capella. Terri cared and protected her friends and family always, if she couldn’t do it personally, they would always be on her mind and in her heart.

She is survived by special friend: Greg Maurer; sons: Marc Anthony Gozzi, Marc Joseph Gozzi and Marc Michael Gozzi; a daughter: Sarah Gozzi; a granddaughter: Olivia; a brother: Wayne Oliver and by a sister: Jane Anderson; a niece, nephew and by two grand nephews.

Funeral Services for Terri Oliver were held on Saturday, April 25 at Noon at The St. Paul Area Council of Churches/Division of Indian Works.

All night wakes were held on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at The St. Paul Area Council of Churches/Division of Indian Works.

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


Passing On: Clyde Nelson Philbrick
Monday, May 04 2015
 
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clyde philbrick-web.jpgClyde Nelson Philbrick

Clyde Nelson Philbrick, 77, journeyed to the Spirit World on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Prairie Lakes Health Care Hospital in Watertown, S.D.

He was born on May 5, 1937 in Santee, Neb., the son of Lawrence Philbrick and Victoria Johnson.

Clyde lived in Minneapolis most of his life and taught at the Little Red School House in Minneapolis.

He honorably served his Country in The United States Navy during the Korean Era.

He was joined in marriage to Emmy.

In 1987, he moved to Newton, Iowa and lived there until 2013.  He then moved to Sisseton. Two months before his death, he moved to Watertown, S.D.

Clyde liked to go to thrift stores, auctions and rummage sales. He was happy to be reunited with his son after 22 years. He loved to ride his motorcycle and was a lifetime member of A.I.M. 

Clyde loved his dogs, especially German Shepherds and Doberman Pinchers. He was a big-hearted person and kind to everyone he met!  Clyde liked to go to the Casino.

Passing On: Wilmer Mesteth
Friday, February 06 2015
 
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1957-Jan. 16, 2015

Oglala Lakota spiritual leader Wilmer Mesteth died unexpectedly at midnight on Jan. 16.

He will be remembered as a man who was as generous with his time and spiritual teachings. Mesteth served his people in every possible way. Those who are mourning his passing are remembering his guidance, direction and leadership.

According to his daughter Rachel, Mesteth underwent surgery for a double hernia on Jan. 8 and was recovering at the Prairie Winds Hotel in Pine Ridge, S.D.. In the afternoon, he was visiting with his adopted brothers when he called his wife with concerns that he was having a heart attack.

Mesteth lived in the Cheyenne Creek community and was married to Lisa Mesteth. He taught at Oglala Lakota College for over 20 years, where he was a cultural instructor. He taught traditional songs, dance, traditional herbs and foods, language and history. OLC student Lilly Jones said about Mesteth, “He treated everyone the same. Whether it was a Hollywood film crew or a student, he was always so respectful and humble.”

Mesteth also participated in the Big Foot Rides and the Crazy Horse Rides, and supported the Northern Cheyenne Fort Robinson Run.

Survivors include his wife Lisa Standing Elk-Mesteth and children Juan Mesteth, Lonnie Mesteth, Ronnie Mesteth, Hoksila Mesteth, Dakota Mesteth and Rachel Mesteth, all of Pine Ridge, S.D.; brothers Gilbert Mesteth and Phil Iron Cloud of Pine Ridge and Phillip Mesteth of Ethete, Wyo.; sisters Mary Ann Mesteth-Witt, Lynette Mesteth-Murray of Parmelee, S.D., Ruth Mesteth-Gray Horse and Letitia American Horse of Ethete, Wyo., Dennis Mesteth-Spoon Hunter of Fayetteville, N.C. Wilmer had 19 grandchildren. Numerous hunka children, brothers and sisters.

Wilmer was preceded in death by his parents Gabriel Mesteth, Sr., Rosalyn Red Shirt-Mesteth and his siblings Daniel Mesteth, Gabriel Mesteth, Jr., Orlin Mesteth and Theresa Mesteth.

Two night wake services were held on Jan. 21 at the Lakota Dome, Prairie Wind Casino, Pine Ridge, S.D., and Jan. 22 at the Mesteth family residence, Cheyenne Creek, S.D.. The funeral was held at Jan. 23 at the Mesteth family residence. Arrangements were handled by the Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.



Passing On: Ronald Charles “Bear” Cronick
Friday, January 09 2015
 
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Ronald Charles “Bear” Cronick

January 17, 1939 - December 1, 2014

Ronald Charles “Bear” Cronick, 75, of Minneapolis journeyed to the spirit world on Monday, Dec. 1 at his residence.

He was born on January 17, 1939 and was an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and an honorary member of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community. He was also a sundancer and helper for 17 years.

Bear worked as head helper at Porky’s Sugarbush Camp for over 20 years. He was the recipient of The 1989 McKnight Award.

Bear was a constant service to his community directing AIM patrols and Community Youth Programs in the 80s and 90s. He continued to serve as AIM’s head of security at community events until 2012.

His service and generosity enriched the lives of all that knew him, he was a pillar of a cherished, extended community. His presence and love will be remembered and missed by all!

Cronick is survived by an entire community of brothers and sisters; uncles and aunts; nephews and nieces.

Traditional funeral services for were held on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ceremonies were led by Art Owens. An all night wake was held Dec. 3 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

Casket Bearers are Rory Scoles, Jon Gephardt, Mike Skinner, Elliot Skinner, Brinton Martin, Vaughn Lodge, Bob Walker and Hunter Bancroft.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is providing funeral and wake services for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Passing On: Ivan Randal Wanstall
Thursday, August 07 2014
 
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passing on ivan randall wanstall the circle.jpgIvan Randal Wanstall

November 13, 1963 – July 11, 2014

The son of Marshall Edward and Elaine Sage Wanstall, Ivan Randal Wanstall took his spirit journey on July 11, 2014. He was born on November 13, 1963 and was 50 years-old. He left this world of an accidental choking death.

He leaves behind three sons who live in St. Louis, Mo.: Josh, Ian and Dustin. He is survived by his brother of St. Paul, Minn., Dennis Sun Rhoades and his sister of the Wind River reservation, Corrine Elizabeth Wanstall. He also leaves behind his closest nephews and nieces: Eldon Kyle James Wanstall of Wind River; Jeffrey B. Wanstall of Minneapolis; David N. Wanstall of St. Paul; Tamara Elaine of West St. Paul and Christy Rae Wanstall of the Wind River reservation; along with his grandchildren: Marshall, Gianna, Carlo, Nico and MijaElena.

We are acknowledging his friends and relatives near and far. His traditional funeral services were presided over by Lessert Moore and with wake held on July 15 and funeral on July 16, 2014.

Ivan was a well-loved person. He enjoyed reading novels, especially of the fantasy genre. He knew how to wrangle and cowboy up. He could do anything! He was an artist and crafter, a car mechanic, he fenced and corralled, and he also had his Early Childhood associate’s degree. He worked with the Shoshone/Arapaho Birth to Five Program on the Wind River reservation and worked at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minn. for two years. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, playing cards, board games and he loved hiking and walking on all sorts of terrain.

We will miss him whole-heartedly! Farewell Brother, Son, Dad, Uncle, Grandpa!

Passing On: Cheryl Gresczyk
Monday, July 07 2014
 
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cheryl gresczyk.jpgCheryl Elizabeth Joyce Geshick Gresczyk

October 10, 1945- June 24, 2014

Cheryl, whose Ojibwe name is Aabitaagiizhigookwe (Half Way to the Sky Woman), 68, of Eden Prairie, MN, entered into the spirt world around midnight on June 24. She had diabetes, lung cancer and heart issues.

Funeral services were held on June 27 at 7 p.m. at Gichitwaa Kateri Parish at 3045 Park in Minneapolis with a funeral Mass on June 28. Burial was held at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Wright, MN, near the cabin, followed by a gathering and a meal at the cabin. Fr. Jim Notebaart and Fr. Mike Tegeder were two of the celebrants.

Cheryl was born October 10, 1945, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Joseph Geshick and Rose (Marsh) Geshick. Cheryl was a full-blood Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) from Bois Forte Reservation. She married Rick Gresczyk on April 6, 1974. She received her bachelor of science degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and her master's degree from St. Thomas College. She was involved with teaching and youth work all of her working years. She and Rick helped start the Office of Indian Ministry and Gichitwaa Kateri Parish in Minneapolis.

She is survived by three sons, Rick Jr. (Nicole) of Oakdale, MN, Rodger (Annie) of Watertown, MN and Randy (Nichole) of New Brighton, MN.

They have three more children adopted in the Ojibwe way. They are Theresa Morrison (Pragedis Castillo) of Eagan, MN, Melvin Brazil-Geyshick (Suzie) of Thief River Falls, MN, and Yoku Aso (Megumi) of Kumamoto, Japan.

Rick and Cheryl were foster parents for many years for Hennepin County and very active in the American Indian community of the Twin Cities. She enjoyed being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed cards, crossword puzzles, TV, and pets, most recently Waabooz, their poodle. She has two brothers, Joe and Ernie. She has several adopted sisters, Gaye Hallberg of Bloomington, MN, Pat Northrup of Sawyer, MN, and Shirley Krogmeier of Holyoke, CO. She is preceded in death by her parents and several siblings. Her sister, Virginia, was very close to her.

Casketbearers were Leonard Geshick, Randy and Elias White, William BigBear, Jr, Pragedis Castillo and Yoku Aso.

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