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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.

Passing On: Daniel James Amos, 1988-2014
Thursday, May 01 2014
 
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Daniel James Amos

Nov. 16, 1988 – April 18, 2014

passing on-daniel james amos.jpgDaniel James Amos, 25 years young, of Big Coulee, S.D. journeyed to the spirit world with his family by his side on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Sanford Hospital-ICU in Fargo, N.D. An all-night wake service was held April 24, at the Big Coulee District Center in Big Coulee, SD. Rev. Enright Bighorn, Sr. officiated and the Big Coulee Choir sang hymns from the church where Daniel was baptized. Funeral services were held on April 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ascension Presbyterian Church in Big Coulee, S.D. Active pallbearers were William Langdeaux, Jr. and Raymond Eagle. Honorary pallbearers are Daniels family and all the staff at his various hospital and treatment stays.

Daniel James Amos was born in Sisseton, S.D. on Nov. 16, 1988 to the late Calvin Amos, Sr. and still-living, Susan Quinn (Amos) both of Sisseton. From that day on, Daniel was always smiling. He had an adventurous boyhood growing up a country boy with his older brothers Kevin and the late Calvin Amos, Jr. by his side. Daniel always had a plan and that plan was to see how tough he was, and he is the toughest young man ever known to his family.

Daniel attended Wilmot Public School from grade school to high school. He was the class clown because he would do or say anything to get you to laugh or smile. Daniel, known as the jokester in his school age years had been diagnosed on Jan. 14, 2002, with osteosarcoma, a rare bone marrow cancer. It has always been remembered as he learned this on the one-year memorial of Calvin Amos, Jr., his oldest brother.

Daniel underwent a year of chemo and radiation therapies. He showed osteosarcoma how strong of a warrior he was and his victory helps save the lives of many children who have the same diagnosis. Dan’s doctors and care team from the University of Minnesota-Fairview, Mayo Clinic and Masonic Cancer Center of Minneapolis, Minn. are forever grateful and respectful for his commitment to the research and cure of such a rare cancer as osteosarcoma. Thankfully, his roller coaster ride with cancer was resolved after the year of chemo and radiation. He was in remission although he has had multiple surgeries including an open heart surgery in November of 2012.

Dennis Lee Whipple, May 31, 1987 - Aug. 24, 2013
Thursday, September 05 2013
 
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Dennis Lee Whipple, 26, from the Lower Sioux Community passed away Saturday, Aug. 24 at his home.

Dennis Lee Whipple was born May 31, 1987 in Rhinelander, WI to Vincent Columbus, Sr. and Sylvia Whipple. He was raised in Rhinelander, WI and baptized at Mazakute Church in St. Paul. Dennis’ godparents were Jeannie Huberty and Dennis Whipple Sr. Dennis attended Mound Park School, Battle Creek Middle School and Arlington High School in St. Paul. Dennis was always smiling and outgoing. He enjoyed snowboarding and watching the Minnesota Vikings. Dennis enjoyed having bonfires with relatives and friends and having cookouts; he loved to cook and share his recipes. He spent time playing games with his X-Box and watching movies. Dennis especially liked giving Alianna popsicles to share with other nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother Sylvia Whipple of St. Paul; father Vince Columbus, Sr. of the Lower Sioux Community; siblings: Vince Columbus, Jr. and Joseph Columbus; nephew Josiah Caske Casiano Columbus; aunts and uncles: Joyce Whitted of CA, Betty Tebo of Kansas City, MO, Verna Warren, and Leslie Whipple both of St. Paul, Tim Columbus of CA, Roland Columbus of Redwood Falls, Lillian Wilson, LaVonne Swenson, Sandra Geshick, Mairlyn Hisday, Dan GreyEagle, all of the Lower Sioux, Chris Columbus of Redwood Falls, and Melissa Chee of the Lower Sioux Community; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Demis and Evelyn Whipple, Thomas and Iola Columbus and many other relatives.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 28 at the Lower Sioux Recreation Center along with a final viewing. Visitation was held on Aug. 27 at the Lower Sioux Recreation Center with a prayer service, continuing until time of services. The burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery.

Online condolences: www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Nonprofit leader Ron McKinley killed in motorcycle accident
Friday, August 02 2013
 
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passing_on_ron_mckinley.jpgRon McKinley, a philanthropic leader who campaigned for education for minorities was killed in a road accident July 21. He was 64.

McKinley, of St. Paul, was riding a motorcycle in Washington state when he and a passenger, St. Paul resident Ann K. Johnson, were killed.
Trista Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, said McKinley worked to make sure people of color were included in foundation decision-making.

“He made our institutions more fair, and he made them much more inclusive places,” she said, “so everywhere that he was, he was making sure that the table was set in a way where we could get the most perspective and we could make thoughtful decisions.”
Ernest Wabasha -September 2, 1929 - March 28, 2013
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
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passing_on_wabasha.jpgErnest “Ernie” Wabasha (age 83) of the Lower Sioux Community, journeyed to the Spirit World surrounded by family and loved ones on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Redwood Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton. Visitation was held April 2 and 3rd at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Place online condolences at: www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  

Leonard (Robin) Alvin Stately Jr. Wiimitigoozens “little frenchman”
Wednesday, November 21 2012
 
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passing_on_leonard_stately.jpgSeptember 22, 1952 - October 15, 2012.

Leonard (Robin) Alvin Stately Jr. Wiimitigoozens, age 60, of Redby, Minnesota journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, October 15, 2012. He was born on September 22, 1952 in Red Lake to Leonard Alvin Stately Sr. and Vivian Frances Thunder. He was joined in marriage to Robyn Lynn Isham. They were marriaged by Native American custom for thirty six years. Leonard was a heavy equipment operator and teacher. He was a member of AIM. He was an avid hunter and fisher. He was a proud dad and grandfather. He liked spending time with his children and hunting with his sons. He liked going for rides around the horn, and he was known for driving slow around the community. He loved taking slow rides with the love of his life. He loved to make his babies smile. Survived by his wife Robyn Lynn Stately; sons: Robin John, Golden Eagle, Rain and Zachary Stately; daughters: Angel, Billie Jo, Rachelle, Leader, Bear, Sky, Antasia, Money and Terynn Stately, Star Taylor, an honorary daughter: Kathryn Fisher; thirty three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; brothers: Guy and Bruce Stately, Theodore Graves, Gordon Johnson, Keith Defoe, Gary Thunder and Keith Lussier Sr.; sisters: Marlene Stately, Diane Roy, Tina Stately, Angela Hernandez and Suzanne Northbird; many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his mother and father: Vivian and Leonard Stately, brothers: David, Maurice and Alvin, an infant set of twins and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Leonard were held October 19 at The Redby Community Center in Redby, Minnesota. An all night wake was held October 17-18 at The Redby Community Center. Interment is at The Family Cemetery in Redby, Minnesota

Glenford Columbus (July 11, 1949 - September 19, 2012)
Wednesday, October 17 2012
 
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obituary_glenford_columbus.jpgGlenford Thomas "Dodo" (Eagle Warrior) Columbus, age 63 of the Lower Sioux, entered the spirit world peacefully on September 19 at his home.   
Columbus was born July 11, 1949 in Pipestone, MN to Thomas and Iola Jean (Mireau) Columbus. He attended Morton Public School and welding school in Kansas City, MO. Dodo was a very good artist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool, and having cookouts grilling steaks. He also enjoyed music, art, his German Shepherd dogs, and sports, especially watching boxing and the Minnesota Vikings. Dodo loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
Glenford is survived by his daughters: Malinda Fennern, Christina Fennern, Angela Schaffer, and Amber Schaffer; brothers and sisters: Tim Columbus of La Mesa, CA, Rolland (Fawn) of Redwood Falls, Lillian Wilson of the Lower Sioux, LaVonne (Dan) Swenson of the Lower Sioux, Sandra (Ray) Geshick of the Lower Sioux, Marilyn His Day of the Lower Sioux, Vincent Columbus of the Lower Sioux, Dan Grey Eagle of the Lower Sioux, Chris Columbus of Redwood Falls, and Melissa (Chris) Chee of the Lower Sioux; uncle Joe Mireau of Prairie Island; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Violet; brothers Alvin, Delano, Clyde, Leon, and Kevin; sister Ramona; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 24 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia's Episcopal Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.

Ronald "Tony" Anthony Norcross (February 13, 1963- August 24, 2012)
Monday, September 17 2012
 
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passing_on_norcross_photo.jpgRonald "Tony" Anthony Norcross (To i'ci owa - Paints Himself Blue) age 49 of the Lower Sioux Community, journeyed to the spirit world on Friday, August 24, 2012 in Morton, MN.  Funeral services were Aug. 29 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia's Episcopal Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  
Tony was born in St. Paul, MN to Victor and Ramona (Columbus) Norcross.  He was married Terese "Terri" Kratzer in 2009. Tony was a great artist; he loved drawing and doing crafts. He was a Rockstar musician, had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed being around children. Tony loved his children Tara, Sheena, and Anthony, and was a good grandfather to his grandchildren
Tony is survived by his wife Terri; children: Tara, Sheena, Anthony, Crista, Jamie, Nicole, Jessica, and Robert; grandchildren: Jose, Isaac-Santino, Nevaeh, Jerrod, Levi, Mariah, Taylor, Aubrey, Haley, Ari, Tyler, Elliana, and Aliyah; siblings: David, Pamela Jean, Doris Marie, Richard Duane, Vicki Lea, Lorna Louise, Calvin Kenneth, Jeffrey Scott, Bruce Wayne, and Curtis Michael; and many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. He is
preceded in death by his grandparents, parents Victor, Ramona, and Shirley Ruth Schlie.

Gene Artishon (November 1, 1947 - August 19, 2012)
Monday, September 17 2012
 
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passing_on_gene_artishon.jpgGene was a Vietnam Veteran and worked for the Unites States Postal service for over 20 years, retiring 5 years ago. Something dear to his heart was helping veterans, whether that was through talking, encouragement, listening or the sweat lodge.
Gene Artishon, Red Cliff tribal member, was a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader, activist and father. Gene is survived by (Karen Nomeland) and children Gina, Kara and Kristin; (Candace Aldun) and children Katherine, Eli, and Victoria. Gene is also survived by wife Nancy Campbell and four stepchildren. Gene is survived by sisters Mary Casey, Eva (Jim) Newbert, Rose Scott, Muriel (Crash) Krogman, Ruth (Gary) Pfeffer, Dorothy (Dan) Gage, Grace (Ron) Artishon, Vicy Artishon and brothers John "Jack" Artishon and Bart Artishon. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by parents George (Red Cliff tribal member) and Grace (White Earth tribal member) Artishon.
Marie Antonette Fasthorse June 16, 1963 to April 21, 2012
Thursday, May 17 2012
 
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Marie Antonette Fasthorse, age 48, passed away on April 21, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born June 16, 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Trinidad Gamboa Gardea and the late Pauline Fasthorse. Marie loved spending time with her family and friends; she enjoyed cooking, playing pool, bead working, doing puzzle books and riding motorcycles. She was funny, generous, easygoing, and always had a smile on her face.
Preceded by mother Pauline Fasthorse and Brothers Michael T. Fasthorse Sr and Lorin Stone. She is survived by her life-long partner, Kevin Schantzen; 4 daughters, Jeri Fasthorse (Larry Colquit Sr.), Savonni Aguilar (Scotty), Kristel Schantzen (Nate Jacques), and Stephanie Schantzen; 5 sisters, Rachel Gardea, Lori Gellings, Lorina Campbell, Corrina Gardea-Cervantes, Anna Gardea-Dezern ; 4 brothers, Joseph Fasthorse, Moses Gardea, John Stone, John Gardea; 4 grandchildren; Josiah Jacques, Isaiah Jacques, Elijah Aguilar, and Larry Colquit Jr. Visitation was April 27, 2012. Funeral Services were held at Blunt Mortuary 2229 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Online condolences at: www.bluntmortuary.org.

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