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Roland “Trulo” Columbus
Tuesday, November 07 2017
 
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Roland “Trulo” Columbus
April 22, 1933 – October 14, 2017

obitrolandweb.jpgRoland “Trulo” Columbus (Anpetu-Tawa) age 84 of Redwood Falls, formerly of the Lower Sioux Community, entered the Spirit World on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls.
Roland Columbus was born April 22, 1933 in Morton, MN to Thomas and Eleanor (St. Clair) Columbus. He was raised by his grandparents and attended ­school at Morton and Flandreau Indian School. Roland served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1949-1954. He was in a plane that was shot down. He stayed there for seven days before he was found. He was a paratrooper for three years under strategic command doing US security. Trulo worked for 40 years in Arizona doing police work. He also was a professional musician and performed with Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Box Car Willie & Suzy Bogguss amongst others. He sang and played the guitar, banjo and all string instruments. He could also play the drums. Trulo was an awesome storyteller and he loved to tell jokes. He enjoyed shopping at thrift stores, music stores, and the western store. Roland was one of the last remaining fluent Dakota speakers. He loved to go for car rides, especially along the river bottom. Roland also enjoyed gambling, watching Vikings football and boxing, and spending time with his family.
Roland is survived by his wife Fawn; children Virgil Blacklance and Mary Ellen Olson; grandchildren: Albert, Marissa, Hoksida, Wachiti and Lena Blacklance and Tamera Dufney; three great granddaughters, four great grandsons, one great great granddaughter; siblings: Tim Columbus of San Diego, Lillian Wilson, LaVonne Swenson, Melissa (Chris) Chee, Vince Columbus all of the Lower Sioux, Christopher Columbus of Redwood Falls, Marilyn Hisday and Dana Grey Eagle both of the Lower Sioux; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Tom and Eleanor Columbus, Moses Columbus, Lucy Wells, brothers: Delano, Clyde, Leon, Glenford, Alvin and Kevin Columbus; sisters Ramona Columbus and Sandra Geshick; and several nieces and nephews, and his dog Banjo.
Funeral services were held at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church- Lower Sioux Community. Interment was at St. Cornelia’s Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.

David E. Larsen
Friday, October 06 2017
 
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David E. Larsen
December 3, 1941 - September 2, 2017

obitdavelarsen.jpgDavid E. Larsen, “Hpu Hpu” (Dobbie) “Wahinkpe Ohitika” meaning Brave Arrow, age 75 from Caŋsayapi (Lower Sioux Community) made his journey to the spirit world September 2 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale after a brief illness.

David was born December 3, 1941 in Pipestone, MN to David J. and Emmarica (Wabasha) Larsen. He served in the US Navy as a radar operator from 1960-1964. David was a strong passionate man who loved and dedicated his life to his Dakota community and to Indigenous people worldwide. His passion took many forms. He was an educator of Dakota History and Culture at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Minnesota State University Mankato. He taught and mentored Indian Students at Redwood Valley High School and most recently at Columbia Heights Schools. 

David was elected to the Lower Sioux Tribal Council and served three terms as Chairman. He was instrumental in bringing the first real revenue to Indian communities by initiating Indian gaming in the state of Minnesota. His commitment was unending. He served as spiritual advisor for Native men and women at MN Correctional Facilities, and at the MN Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud. Dave was well known for his scholarship and continued efforts to share the true history of the Dakota people. He was regularly called upon by schools, churches, historical societies, and universities to share his knowledge. A traditional dancer, he will be remembered by his powwow family. When he wasn’t dancing, his broadcast journalism voice could be heard emceeing at powwows across Minnesota.

The family he leaves to cherish his laughter, humility and great smile include wife Valerie; son Scott; daughters: Teri (Brian), Becky (Nate), and Barbie; stepson Greg (Karla); 24 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brothers: Bob (LaVeda), & Curt (Cathie); sister Lana; and many other relatives and cherished friends. He is preceded in death by many relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held at St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Church Hall at the Lower Sioux Community. Interment is in St. Cornelia’s Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com . Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Brittany Renae Olson
Tuesday, August 08 2017
 
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Brittany Renae Olson

July 3, 1991 – June 30, 2017

olsonobit.jpgBrittany Renae Olson, WANKATIYA OKINYAN WINYAN, meaning Soars High Above Them Woman, age 25 of Redwood Falls passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Memorial services were held at St. Cornelia’s Guild Hall at the Lower Sioux.
Brittany Renae Olson was born July 3, 1991 in Bemidji, MN to Daniel Olson Sr. and Dodie (Day) Olson. Brittany was full of life and laughter. She loved her family and always had a smile for you. Brittany was a Jingle Dress Dancer, and liked to do Sudoku puzzles. She also liked to pick on her brother Dan and snitch on her sister.
Brittany is survived by her mother Delores Olson of Redwood Falls; children: Talia, Travis and Gabriella of Redwood Falls; brothers Dan Olson of Redwood Falls and Doug Beaulieau of Red Lake; sisters: Alexandria Olson and Kayla Olson both of Black River Falls, WI and Brooke Olson of LaCrosse, WI; and many aunties, uncles and relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her father Daniel Olson Sr, stepdad Jack Lussier, grandparents: Cindi Monroe, Dwaine Olson Sr. & Beverly Olson, uncle Curtis Day Monroe and aunt Tanya Keezer.
Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls assisted the family with arrangements.


Joseph Croud
Tuesday, May 09 2017
 
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Joseph Croud
May 2, 1947 - April 14, 2017

joseph-croud-obituary.jpgJoseph Croud “Ogema Binais”, was born in Park Rapids, MN, on May 2, 1947, to John and Maggie (Sailor) Croud. He walked peacefully from this life at Lake City, MN, on April 14, 2017, in the arms of his children and his ancestors.

Joseph was a man of many talents. He was an artist, a traditional flute and headroach maker, and a collector of history about his family and his community. He worked as a lumberman; on a city maintenance crew; as a social service worker for Mary Hall and the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul, for the Thunderbird/Wren House in Duluth, and at a drop-in center in Cloquet; as an historical interpreter for the Minnesota Historical Society at the North West Fur Post in Pine City; and, when called upon, as a teacher of Anishinaabe arts and culture, especially for many years at the Science Museum of Minnesota and at the education day for the Mahkato Wacipi in Mankato.

Joseph loved his family, his friends, his community, and inspired love in return. He shared his wisdom when it would be appreciated. He loved to hunt for agates or just sit quietly with one of his children and drink coffee. He loved to be in nature. He was a man of quiet dignity. He did not like restrictions or being told what to do and he would not tolerate being treated with disrespect. Joseph had a short bucket list left unfinished. He had wanted to go fishing and he wanted to dance at a few more powwows. He will be remembered for his wit and humor, his love for his children, his ingenuity, his creativity and art, his skills as a listener, and for his wisdom.

He is survived by his children Sarah, Maggie, Solomon and Josette; treasured grandchildren Noelani and Konapiliahi Croud, and Damian Tsinnijinnie; sister Sara Clark, wife Jeanne; Lili Eustis and Margaret Waller, many nieces and nephews, and a very large circle of loving family and friends. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents John and Maggie Sailor Croud, and sisters, Catherine Adams, Bernice Croud, and Sylvia Croud. He joins in the spirit world beloved nieces and nephews: Jackie Adams, Sean Adams, John Bradley Croud, David Croud, Tim Annette and Jeanenne Harper.

The wake was held April 17 at the old Pine Point school. A funeral ceremony was held April 18 also at the school.

Kathryn Sage Montana
Tuesday, May 09 2017
 
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Kathryn Sage Montana
March 17, 1986 – April 2, 2017

kathryn-montana.jpgKathryn Sage Montana was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was known as Sage to most of her family and friends. The second child of Gary J. Montana and Linda M. Nichols-Montana, she was the apple of her father’s eye. Always riding with him somewhere even as a baby. Sage oved taking rides in the city late at night when she could not sleep. She loved people and loved to help others. She had an infectious smile and laugh and she loved to tease and be teased.  

She graduated from high school with the Class of 2004. Sage attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a BS in Social Services. She also attended the Aveda Institute of Cosmetology in Minneapolis, where she graduated and gave the commencement speech for the Class 2010. Sage moved to the Lower Brule Tribe of South Dakota where she worked at a woman’s shelter. In her leisure time Sage loved to play basketball, bead with her mother, ride horses, sing country songs, and dance jingle at powwows. And above all, she loved to spend time with her son, Mahto. Recently Sage had just accepted a positon as a woman’s domestic abuse facilitator at the Ho-Chunk Nation and was very excited about the challenges that lay before her. Her passion was helping others and especially Native American women and children. 

Kathryn is survived by her mother Linda Nichols-Montana of Minneapolis, MN; her father Gary J. Montana and youngest sister, Marisol Montana of Osseo, WI; her step mother Rachel Walsh of Black River Falls, WI, step brother Xavier Puzon of Madison, WI; her siblings Ian Montana, Molly Montana, niece Sophie Montana-Wadena, nephew Colt Montana-Stout of Minneapolis, MN; her sister Sierra Montana of Duluth, MN; her aunt Lynda Kingery-West of Eagle Butte, SD; uncle Ron Volesky of Huron, SD, cousins Taylor, Tucker, Turner and Tyler; and most importantly, her son Milton Mahto-Luta Spears of Bloomington, MN. She also leaves behind her special daughters from the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation in SD.

Sage is preceded in death by a baby that was born in 2013 and passed shortly after conception; paternal grandparents, Kate and Vern Pigney of Blunt, SD; grandmother Sophie Penny-Brown; grandfather Elmer Nichols of White Horse, SD; great-grandmother, Mary Bagola of Eagle Butte, SD and Dennis Pigney her uncle from Davenport, IA.

Native American services for Kathryn Sage Montana were held April 8 at the Grand Occasions Event Center, in Osseo, Wisconsin.

 

Lydia Vanessa GreyEagle
Tuesday, March 14 2017
 
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obitgreyeagle.jpgLydia Vanessa GreyEagle
May 25, 1988 - February 18, 2017

Lydia Vanessa GreyEagle, “Ho Waste Win” (Strong Voice Woman), age 28 of the Lower Sioux Community, entered the Spirit World on February 18 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

Lydia was born May 25, 1988 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Dan GreyEagle and Patti Schoen. She attended Eci’ Nompa Woonspe school in Morton. She loved shopping, listening and singing to music, traveling, and cruising in her truck. She enjoyed spending time with her children, family, and friends. She had a happy-go-lucky personality and was free-spirited.  Lydia was a comedian and enjoyed making people laugh. Her favorite color was red which fit her bold personality.

Funeral Services were held February 22 at the Lower Sioux Church Hall. Burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Lydia is survived by her parents: Dan GreyEagle and Patti Schoen; children: Styles Strong and Jaleah Sioux GreyEagle; siblings: Danielle GreyEagle, Dee GreyEagle, and Roy Uballe; best friend Molly Monzon; many aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her son Robin Jr. Lussier, sisters Debbie Schoen and Valerie GreyEagle, grandparents Tom & Iola Columbus and Corrine Schoen & Albert Lucio, and numerous aunts, uncles, and other family members. Online condolences: www.stephensfuneralservice.com.

Mildred Carol Ann Longbody-Swartz
Tuesday, December 06 2016
 
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Mildred Carol Ann Longbody-Swartz
December 12, 1939 – November 4, 2016

mildred_obit.jpgMildred Carol Ann Longbody-Swartz was born Dec. 12, 1939, in Cloquet, the eighth of 10 children of Joseph and Mary (Flatte) Longbody from Grand Portage, Minnesota. Along with all her siblings, Millie was taken from her parents at a young age as a result of the federal forced assimilation program.

Millie was open-hearted and generous towards all. Despite many hardships in life, she remained a deeply cheerful person with a positive outlook. Her strength came from her spiritual life, in which she combined Catholicism and traditional Anishinaabe beliefs.

As children, Millie's older eight siblings had been taken to Pipestone Boarding School in southwestern Minnesota. But she and a sister, being too young, were placed in a Catholic orphanage in Duluth. A few years later, Joe and Mary Reynolds of Deer River took the girls into their home. Millie always had high praise for the Reynolds, an Anishinaabe couple who were kind and helped her reconnect with her roots. She continued her education at Haskell Indian Nations University where she took up Commercial Cooking.

Millie wasn't afraid of hard work and had a get it done attitude. She worked at Honeywell in Minneapolis, MN and later at the Minnesota Indian Women's Rescource Center where she prepared meals for the children at their daycare center. Later in life she moved back to Grand Portage and worked at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino until she retired.  

Millie loved Powwows and loved to dance and celebrate her heritage and culture. She loved the simple things in life like walking her beloved pet, "Dobie", picking berries on a summer day and playing bingo at the casino. Millie's most obvious characteristics were her easy laughter and enormous smile. Before a series of strokes seriously handicapped her, she became affectionately known as "Miss America," because she waved and smiled at people as she passed them.  

Preceding Millie in death were her parents; her husband, Glenn Swartz; four sisters, Josephine and Charlotte, Lillian "Theresa" Eveland, and Mary Lou Ackley; a brother, Joseph Longbody; and a granddaughter, Amber Lanham.

Survivors include one daughter, Brenda (Paul) Enyart of Shakopee, Minn.; three sons, Eugene Swartz and  Duane Swartz of Grand Portage, and Tyrone Nehring of Florida; two sisters, Doris Blank of Grand Portage and Elsie Long of Auburn, Wash.; two brothers, Clarence Longbody of Red Lake and Ed Longbody of Grand Portage; six grandchildren, Jesse and Mya Swartz, Shane Losh, and Brock and Brandon Lanham, Jessica Wisnewski, all of the Twin Citiess; and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  

Services were held at Holy Rosary in Grand Portage. Burial is at Sunset Cemetery. Arrangements are by Nelson Funeral Home of Cloquet.

Mavis Jolene Resemius
Tuesday, October 11 2016
 
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Mavis “Marvelous” Jolene Resemius
June 12, 1957 - September 15, 2016

obitmavis.jpgMavis “Marvelous” Jolene Resemius, age 59, of Morton, formerly of St. Paul, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. Mavis Jolene (Bollenger) was born June 12, 1957 in Roberts, South Dakota to Johnny and Gladys (Cloud) Contreras. She was a graduate of Mechanic Arts School in St. Paul. On June 1, 2001 Mavis married the love of her life, Steven Resemius. She loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, and taking in her nieces and nephew, and helping others, never expecting anything in return.  Mavis had a heart of gold. She enjoyed embroidery, sewing, and making blankets.

Mavis is survived by her husband Steve; children: Kimberly Cloud, River Resemius, Lisa White, Crystal Cloud, and Coco Cloud; siblings: Carol Cloud, Terry Cloud, Ann Cloud, Casey Cloud, Brenda Gilbertson, and Tom Ebehardt; brother-in-law Tony Dow; and sister-in-law Cindy Zimmer. She is preceded in death by her mother Gladys.

Memorial services were held September 20 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com

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.

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