November 2013 obituaries from Indian Country

ARIZONA, Chinle - Funeral services were held for ESTHER Y. BAHE, 89, on October 14, at the Chinle Catholic Church. Interment followed in Chinle. Esther was born January 1, 1924, in Chinle. She passed away October 10, 2013, in Chinle.

Esther attended grade school in Chinle and Shiprock. She worked in many places and spent her last years as a homemaker. She enjoyed life and lived by her traditional beliefs and values. (Navajo Times, Oct. 17, 2013)

ARIZONA, St. Michaels - Funeral services were held for MARK ALAN SEE, 32, on October 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in St. Michaels. Interment followed at the St. Michaels community cemetery. Mark was born May 5, 1981, in Juneau, Alaska. He passed away October 10, 2013, in Window Rock, Arizona.
Mark attended schools in Alaska and graduated from high school in Alaska. He was an apprentice carpenter at the time of his death. He was loved very much by all who knew him. He returned to Navajo land to be with his mother. (Navajo Times, Oct. 17, 2013)

ARIZONA, Indian Wells - Funeral services were held for MABLE MORRIS BEGAY, 82, on October 19, at the LDS Church in Indian Wells. Mable was born October 2, 1931, in Indian Wells. She passed away October 15, 2013, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Mable received education in Leupp and Tuba City, leaving school at 15 years old to help care for activities at home. She was a homemaker, was employed in Holbrook and Painted Desert restaurants, and was a right hand to her father until his death in 1997. She lived in the Indian Wells area until her death. (Navajo Times, Oct. 17, 2013)

ARIZONA, White Clay - Funeral services were held for MARIE JONES SMITH, 59, on October 18, at the Milk Water Church in White Clay. Interment followed at the family plot in So’ Sila Buttes, Arizona. Marie was born November 27, 1954, in Fort Defiance. She passed away October 12, 2013, in Fort Defiance.
Marie attended college in Salt Lake City, Utah, and University of New Mexico in Gallup. She was employed with the sheriff’s department in Salt Lake City and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup. She loved being with her children, grandchildren and relatives. Her hobbies were sewing, rug weaving and beadwork. (Navajo Times, Oct. 17, 2013)

ARIZONA, Fort Defiance - Funeral services were held for STAFF SGT. LONNIE WATTS, 37, on October 18, at the Assembly of God Church in Fort Defiance. Interment followed with full honors at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Staff Sgt. Watts was born March 20, 1976, in Tuba City. He passed away October 11, 2013, in Gallup.
Staff Sgt. Watts graduated from Coconino High School in Flagstaff, and attended Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix. He joined the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division in 1995 to 2002. Thereafter he joined the the New Mexico National Guard 1116th Transportation Company in 203 where he was active duty until his death. While in service he was deployed on several tours. (Navajo Times, Oct. 17, 2013)

ARIZONA, St. Michaels - Funeral services were held for KRYSTAL SHANNON BEGAYE, 30, on October 19, at the LDS Church in St. Michaels. Interment followed at the Fort Defiance cemetery. Krystal was born May 16, 1983, in Fort Defiance. She passed away October 12, 2013, in Phoenix.
Krystal graduated from Gallup High School and attended Gateway Community College graduating as a journeyman in pipefitting specializing in medgas. She was a rug weaver, painter and silversmith. She was employed with TD Industries in Tempe, Arizona. (Navajo Times, Oct. 24, 2013)

ARIZONA, Chinle - Funeral services were held for GABRIEL JAMES CHESTER, JR, 25, on October 25, at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Chinle. Interment followed in Spider Rock, Arizona. Gabriel was born August 13, 1988, in Fort Defiance. He passed away October 18, 2013, in Spider Rock.

Gabriel attended school in Chinle and went to military school at Arizona Project Challenge Class XXV in Phoenix. He was employed at BV’s Tire Shop and enjoyed working there. He loved to work on vehicles, build houses, weld, and spend time with family and friends. He was a very happy and helpful person. (Navajo Times, Oct. 24, 2013)

ARIZONA, Chinle - Funeral services were held for MARY ALICE MITCHELL, 78, on October 24, at the Grace Fellowship Church in Chinle. Interment followed at the Begay family plot. Mary was born March 14, 1935, in Del Muerto, Arizona. She passed away October, 18, 2013.
Mary was employed as a head cook for Chinle Unified School District for 40 years. She enjoyed attending church, praying for people and being around family and friends. (Navajo Times, Oct. 24, 2013)

ARIZONA, Tuba City - Graveside services were held for WESLEY B. BILAGODY, SR, 91, on September 28, in Tuba City. Wesley was born April 13, 1922, in Tuba City. He passed away September 25, 2013.

Bilagody received his education in the Tuba City Boarding School system to the 11th grade. At school he was involved in sports such as boxing and track. As he grew older, he learned and followed the path of a medicine man. He had a strong work ethic and worked at the Tuba City Boarding School, the Bellemont Munitions Plant and worked for the Navajo Nation in various capacities including the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity serving as the vice president of Tuba City Chapter and working at the Senior Citizens Center. (Navajo Times, Oct. 24, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Cass Lake - DARLENE LOUISE OGEMA, passed away September 15, 2013, at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota. She was born June 28, 1943, at the Red Lake Hospital. Darlene grew up in the Ponema area. She loved to attend powwows and going to the casino. (Red Lake Nation News, Oct. 18, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Bemidji - Funeral services were held for VIOLET LAURA ROY, 73, on September 28, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake. Violet was born July 3, 1940, in Red Lake. She passed away September 24, 2013, at Red Lake IHS in Red Lake, surrounded by her family and friends. Violet grew up in Red Lake. She loved traveling around the country to visit relatives, going to the casino, bingo, going to concerts, going to powwows and loved being with her family and friends. She currently was a foster grandmother at J.W. Smith Elementary School in Bemidji, and a volunteer at the Sanford Hospital gift shop in Bemidji. Violet retired from Red Lake Housing Authority after 21 years as an Accounting Technician and then returned part time for three more years. She also worked at the Red Lake Tribal Council as a secretary for many years. (Red Lake Nation News, Oct. 18, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Bemidji - Traditional funeral services were held for MARY LOUISE JOHNSON, 58, on October 10, at the Redby Community Center. Interment followed at the Fox Point Cemetery in Redby. Mary was born July 29, 1955, in Red Lake. She passed away October 3, 2013, at her home in Bemidji. Mary was raised and educated in Red Lake, graduating from Red Lake High School. She attended Bemidji State University. She worked for Minnesota Wood Products making wreaths and decorations. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with friends, family, and loved spending time with her grandson. (Red Lake Nation News, Oct. 28, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Onigum - Funeral services were held for ANDREW WILLARD REED, 54, on September 28, at the Onigum Community Center. Interment followed at the St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery at Old Agency, Minnesota. Andrew was born January 28, 1959, in Minneapolis. He passed away September 22, 2013.
Andrew was a golden glove boxer who loved being around his grandchildren and his son. He was very proud of his native heritage, enjoyed singing powwow music and was a very good drummer. He especially loved to eat potato soup and fry bread. (DeBahJiMon, Oct. 2013)

MINNESOTA, Laporte - Funeral services were held for LILLIAN WHITE BELCOURT, 66, on September 11, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cass Lake. Interment followed at the Lakeview Cemetery in Bena, Minnesota. Lillian was born May 15, 1947, in Cass Lake. She passed away September 6, 2013, at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota.
“Lillybell” enjoyed playing her tokens at the casino and playing casino games on the computer too. She loved to clean house and cook for her family and others. Her specialties were potato salad and baked beans. She was a very good cook who would make a lot the meals for funerals. (DeBahJiMon, Oct. 2013)

MINNESOTA, Onigum - Funeral services were held for LYNDA JOAN MORRISON, 28, on October 3, at the Onigum Community Center. Interment followed at the Old Agency Cemetery at Old Agency. Lynda was born November 20, 1984, in Bemidji. She passed away September 28, 2013, in Minneapolis. Lynda attended school in Walker until she transferred to Cass Lake in the 6th grade. She graduated from Leech Lake Community College as Valedictorian in Environmental Science. She was attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis continuing in her field of study until her passing. She was a motivational speaker and had a passion for Native American Culture and the world she lived in. (DeBahJiMon, Oct. 2013)

MINNESOTA, Duluth - Funeral services were held for ALDEN JONES, 46, on October 19, at the Redby Community Center. Interment followed at the Jones Family Cemetery in Redby, Minnesota. Alden was born August 15, 1967, in Red Lake, Minnesota. He passed away October 14, 2013, at his residence in Duluth.
Alden loved going to the casino, being with his only daughter and two grandchildren and hanging out with friends in Duluth. (Red Lake Nation News, Nov. 1, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Minneapolis - Funeral services were held for FRANCINE EMBERTSON, 72, on October 21, at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Interment followed at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Francine was born January 22, 1941, in Redby, Minnesota. She passed away October 16, 2013,.
Francine is an enrolled member of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, and a graduate of Red Lake High School in 1958. She retired from Honeywell after 35 years of employement. (Red Lake Nation News, Nov. 1, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Red Lake - Funeral services were held for MARILYN JUNE STRONG, 58, on October 21, at the Redby Community Center. Interment followed at St. Antipas Episcopal Cemetery in Redby. Marilyn was born June 28, 1955, in Red Lake. She passed away October 16, 2013, at U of M Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. Marilyn grew up in Redby and later moved to Bemidji where she lived until 2010 when she moved back to Red Lake to reside with her son. She enjoyed going to the casino, going on trips, listening to music, reading, shopping, sitting outside on the deck and spending time with family. She was a fancy shawl dancer in her younger years. (Red Lake Nation News, Nov. 1, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Redby - Funeral services were held for FABIAN STRONG, SR, 82, on October 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Fabian was born February 20, 1931, in Red Lake. He passed away October 20, at the Red Lake Indian Hospital with his family friends by his side. “Bunky” attended Marty Indian School and during his high school years he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1947. He was honorably discharged in 1951. He served in the Korean War. Bunky worked in Minneapolis as a welder, truck driver, and attended Globe Business College and earned his certificate in Accounting. He moved back to Red Lake in 1975 and was employed with Red Lake Comprehensive Health as an accountant until he retired in 1991. (Red Lake Nation News, Nov. 1, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Redby - Funeral services were held for ANGEL DENISE KING, 14, on October 27, at the Redby Community Center. Interment followed at the Jones Family Burial Grounds in Redby. Angel was born September 29, 1999, in Bemidji. She passed away October 22, 2013.
Angel attended school in Ponemah Elementary for the first years, and then moved to Red Lake. She was currently in the 8th grade at Red Lake Middle School. (Red Lake Nation News, Nov. 1, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Redby - Funeral services were held for CEDRIC SMITH, 14, on October 30, at the Redby Community Center. Interment followed at the Redby Community Cemetery. Cedric was born April 24, 1999, in Bemidji. He passed away October 23, 2013. Cedric was currently attending Red Lake Middle School. While attending Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota, Cedric was an honor roll student and on the wrestling and football teams. He also enjoyed other sports while there. He accomplished a lot of awards and ribbons. Cedric was practicing learning how to play the piano and taking guitar lessons. He was well liked by staff and peers while he attended there. (Red Lake Nation News, Nov. 1, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Red Lake - A memorial service was held for JUDITH NEADEAU, 73, on October 30. She was later cremated. Judith was born March 25, 1940, in Red Lake. She passed away October 26, 2013, at home with family by her side. Judith was born, raised and educated in Red Lake. She lived in Minneapolis from 1963 to 1985 where she worked as a teacher’s aide at Hawthorne and North Star schools. After returning home to Red Lake she worked for the Red Lake School District until she retired. (Red Lake Nation News, Nov. 1, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Naytahwaush - Funeral services were held for ROY DAVID GUINN, 60, on October 21, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Naytahwaush. Roy was born January 31, 1953, in Cass Lake. Roy attended school in Bagley and later joined the National Guard. He began logging for Art Lang. Roy also cut boughs, riced and leeched. He enjoyed spearing, ice fishing, and hunting rabbits. He was also particularly fond of playing cards, especially Cribbage and Whist. Roy cherished spending time with family and friends. (Anishinaabeg Today, Nov. 6, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Mahnomen - Funeral services were held for JORDAN JAMES HISGUN-AGUILAR, 5, on October 17, at Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen. Interment followed at Traditional Burial Grounds in Sisseton, South Dakota. Jordan was born May 3, 2008. He passed away October 13, 2013, at his home. Jordan touched the lives of many with his tremendous strength and perseverance. He overcame many obstacles with his strong spirit. Jordan was a beautiful little boy with long eyelashes and hair that we all wished we had. Even though he had little control of his body, Jordan’s bright eyes and genuine smile brought joy to many, as it showed he knew happiness. (Anishinaabeg Today, Nov. 6,2013)

MINNESOTA, Cass Lake - Funeral services were held for EVELYN EDITH SARGENT, 95, on October 16, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cass Lake. A private family interment followed at Pine Grove Cemetery. Evelyn was born March 16, 1918, in White Earth. She passed away October 11, 2013, at Havenwood Care Center in Bemidji. Evelyn attended schools in Flandreau, South Dakota and Pipestone, Minnesota, before marrying and raising her family. She worked as a cook in various capacities for the Leech Lake Reservation and lived most of her years in Cass Lake. Evelyn loved to read, crochet, play bingo and cards, tend her garden, care for her pets, and go fishing. She also enjoyed watching pro basketball, especially the Lakers. (Anishinaabeg Today, Nov. 6, 2013)

MINNESOTA, Mahnomen - Funeral services were held for BETTY LESLIE, 73, on October 16, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church i Beaulieu. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaulieu. Betty was born March 20, 1940, in Mahnomen. She passed away October 12, 2013, at the Mahnomen Health Center Nursing Home. Betty grew up in the Mahnomen area and attended school. Betty was a devoted mother and always kept busy helping others. She pitched in to help with any job whether it was farm work, hunting, or any other needed task. Betty was an outdoor enthusiast and loved spending time in the woods. In her younger years, Betty was often found hunting, fishing, gathering blueberries, and baking. (Anishinaabeg Today, Nov. 6, 2013)

NEW MEXICO, Crystal - Funeral services were held for LONCIE P. BROWN, 86, on October 7, at the Crystal LDS Church. Interment followed at the family ranch in Crystal. Loncie was born December 24, 1926, in Mesa Verde, Colorado. She passed away October 1, 2013, in Crystal. Loncie graduated from Navajo Community College and worked for BIA and NCC/Diné College. She also worked as a waitress during World War II and supported the late John Brown, Jr., of the first 29 Navajo Code Talkers. She served many years as secretary/treasurer for Crystal Chapter. (Navajo Times, Oct. 10, 2013)

NEW MEXICO, Mexican Springs - Funeral services were held for DENISE AMANDA ROMERO, 22, on October 24, at the Saint Francis Church. Interment followed at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Mexican Springs. Denise was born December 9, 1990, in Gallup. She passed away October 20, 2013, in Cortez, Colorado. Denise graduated from Gallup High School and attended the University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch. (Navajo Times, Oct. 24, 2013)

OKLAHOMA, Apache - JOHN EDWIN ANDERSON, 81, passed away October 18, 2013, at his home with family by his side. He was born May 28, 1932, at Gerty, Oklahoma.
John was Chickasaw and Choctaw. He volunteered extensively in his communities in Chickasha and Apache with youth, elders and churches. He was always known to check in on someone sick or even to visit them cheering them with his bright smile. He traveled to Washington D.C. last year with the Chickasaw Nation for veteran honors. (Chickasaw Times, Nov. 2013)

OKLAHOMA, Ringling - Funeral services were held for SYLVIA MAUDE AWTREY, 86, on October 22, at Alexander Funder Home Chapel of Ringling. Sylvia was born February 6, 1927, at Ringling. She passed away October 15, 2013, at Healdton, Oklahoma. “Skeets” was raised at Mountain Home attending school there. After school she attended cosmetology school and became employed as a beautician in Norman, Oklahoma. She was a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She attended the Asphaltum Assembly Church of God. (Chickasaw Times, Nov. 2013)

OREGON, Portland - Burial services were held for GREGORY DEE SMITH, 54, on November 9, at the Agency Cemetery at Warm Springs. Gregory was born August 31, 1959, in Bend. He passed away October 19, 2013. Greg was an enrolled member of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. He graduated from Madras High School in 1977, where he enjoyed golf and bowling. He continued his higher education receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2006 from Portland State University. He was working on his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. While attending college he worked for OSHU, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Portland State University in office administration. Greg enjoyed spending time and volunteering at the Native American Student Community Center at Portland State University. He was active with the Native Center Powwows and offered assistance whenever he could. (Spilyay Tymoo, Oct. 30, 2013)

WASHINGTON, Yakima - Funeral services were held for ANNA LEAH TAHKEAL-SPEEDIS, 57, on September 25, at the Independent Shaker Church. Interment followed at the 1910 Shaker Church Cemetery. Anna was born September 9, 1956, in The Dalles, Oregon. She passed away September 23, 2013, with family at her side in the Yakima Memorial Hospital.
Anna is  a member of the Yakama Nation. She was a member of the Independent Shaker Church of White Swan for 39 years. Anna graduated from Wapato High School before continuing her education at Eastern Washington University and Haskell Indian Nations University. She worked with many programs with the Yakama Nation, including the Area Agency on Aging Program, the Community Health Representative Program in Goldendale, Washington, as a Yakama Tribal Police Department dispatcher, and lastly as a telephone operator with Yakama Legends Casino. (Yakama Nation Review, Oct. 14, 2013)

WASHINGTON, Wapato - Funeral services were held for GARRY LEE TAHKEAL, 60, on October 12, at the 1910 Shake Church. Interment followed at the 1910 Shaker Church Cemetery. Garry was born November 2, 1952, in Toppenish, Washington. He passed away October 10, 2013, with family at his side in his home. Garry is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation and was raised and educated in Wapato. He attended school in Wapato. During his high school years he attended numerous Indian boarding schools and graduated from Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon. He then pursued his college education at the University of Colorado in Boulder, JM Perry Technical Institute, and many industrial schools. Garry was well known in his younger years as being a dedicated fisherman on the Columbia River. (Yakama Nation Review, Oct. 22, 2013)

WASHINGTON, Toppenish - Funeral services were held for NAOMA ALEXANDRA GEORGE, 33, on October 18 at the Toppenish Longhouse. Interment followed at the Wischum Cemetery at Dallesport, Washington. Naoma was born March 28, 1980. She passed away October 15, 2013. Naoma was brought up in the Wa’ashat religion at the Toppenish Longhouse. She was a root digger and berry picker, and did beautiful beadwork. (Yakama Nation Review, Oct. 18, 2013)

WASHINGTON, Yakima - Funeral services were held for LEONARD TULEE, 54, on October 15, at the 1910 Shaker Church of White Swan. Interment followed at the Methodist Cemetery at White Swan. Mr. Tulee was born in Harrah, Washington. He passed away October 11, 2013, in Yakima. Leonard is a member of the Yakama Nation. He worked 35 years in Toppenish and Glenwood for the Yakama Nation Forestry Service in fire control and as a log scale operator. (Yakama Nation Review, Oct. 18, 2013)

WASHINGTON, Toppenish - Funeral services were held for ROSS LEE GEORGE, 68, on October 22, at the Toppenish Community Center. Interment followed at the 1910 Shake Church Cemetery. Ross was born October 21, 1944, in Toppenish. He passed away October 20, 2013. Ross was instrumental in the development of Native Youth Sports in the Lower Yakima Valley and throughout the Pacific Northwest. He was honored for his love and dedication to youth sports, by being the first Native American inducted into the Chicano Latino and Native American Softball Hall of Fame. Being an avid pool player, he was also instrumental in starting the Mid Vally Pool League. (Yakama Nation Review, Oct. 18, 2013)

WASHINGTON, Tulalip - Funeral services were held for WENDY LEIGH GOBIN-YOUNG, 52, on October 21, at the Tulalip Tribal Center. Interment followed at the Mission Beach Cemetery. Wendy was born June 23, 1961, in Arlington, Washington. She passed away October 16, 2013, after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma cancer. Wendy was a very active participant in school and graduated from Arlington High School in 1979. Throughout her life she dedicated her time to the Tulalip Tribes holding numerous positions including, but not limited to, a receptionist, fish hatchery technician, member on the Enrollment Committee and TERO Commission. She also held the position of Enrollment Manager for 8 years, attending conferences and trainings all over the United States bringing various new changes to the Enrollment Department. During this time, Wendy began assisting families with funeral arrangements and was offered the position of Funeral Services Officer. Wendy was a member of the Tulalip Tribes and was well known for her intricate micro-beadwork and Native American jewelry. She loved traveling to powwows, canoe journeys, Makah days, conferences and exhibitions throughout many states and reservations. (Tulalip See-Yaht-Sub, Oct. 30, 2013)

WASHINGTON, Toppenish - Funeral services were held for DELSIE RITA ALBERT-SELAM, 90, on October 28, at the Toppenish Longhouse. Interment followed at the Petes Cemetery near Mabton, Washington. Delsie was born June 13, 1923, at Kaizer Butte, Washington. She passed away October 26, 2013, at the Toppenish Community Hospital. Delsie grew up along the Columbia River, attended school at Alderdale and Patterson Washington. She lived and worked various fruit and vegetable harvests in Gresham, Oregon and the greater Portland area and in the shipyards during the war eras. She moved back to the Satus area in 1959 where she made her permanent home raising 10 children, she was a member of the Rock Creek and Satus Longhouses and supported the Toppenish Longhouse. She was and avid traditional food-gatherer, following all the root-seasons, picked huckleberries, and chokecherries for many longhouses. (Yakama Nation Review, Nov. 1, 2013)

WASHINGTON, Renton - Funeral services were held for VIRGIL ROY, 77, on September 27, at Anthony’s Catholic Church in Renton. Virgil was born May 2, 1936, in White Earth, Minnesota. He passed away September 18, 2013, at home under the care of his loving wife Gayle. “Bud” spent his childhood on the White Earth Indian Reservation where his father ran a country general store. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, and the outdoors. He was very proud of his Native American ancestry. He attended school in Bagley and Thief River Falls Area Vocational School for Auto Mechanics. He was a Master Mechanic. He helped many people and was very generous with his knowledge and time. (Anishinaabeg Today, Nov. 6, 2013)

WISCONSIN, Crandon - Funeral services were held for BERTHA MAE PEMMA, 69, on September 21, at Lake Lucerne Gospel Chapel. Interment followed at Potawatomi Tribal Cemetery. Bertha was born August 3, 1944, in Hayward, Wisconsin. She passed away September 18, 2013, due to liver complications. Bertha loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She operated and worked at a day care and baby sat for many children throughout her adult life. Bertha’s biggest passion in life was BINGO! She loved talking with the Carter casino employees. She loved to attend powwows and watch her grandchildren dance. During the summer months, she liked to watch co-ed softball games and tournaments. She loved to attend family picnics and gatherings. (Potawatomi Traveling Times, Oct. 15, 2013)

WISCONSIN, Milwaukee - Funeral services were held for DAVID RAYMOND SKENANDORE, 57, on October 21, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena, Wisconsin. Interment followed the church cemetery. David was born December 27, 1955, in Milwaukee. He passed away October 15, 2013, in Milwaukee. David worked as a crane operator for a construction company. When not at work, he enjoyed beading, playing his X-Box, watching the Packers and Brewers, working on cars with his daughters and loved spending time with his grandchildren. (Kalihwisaks, Oct. 31, 2013)

WISCONSIN, Oneida - Funeral services were held for MILDRED D. VERBRUGGEN, 82, on October 21, at Holy Apostle Episcopal Church in Oneida. Interment followed at Holy Apostle Episcopal Cemetery. Mildred was born July 7, 1931, in Oneida. She passed away October 17, 2013. Mildred worked in the food service at a number of locations. She enjoyed her time at St. Norbert College serving the Green Bay Packers during training camp. (Kalihwisaks, Oct. 31, 2013)

WISCONSIN, Keshena - Funeral services were held for BENJAMIN LYLE NINHAM, 79, on October 21, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, Wisconsin. Military Rites were conducted by the Menominee American Legion Post #497 at the church following the service. Benjamin was born November 27, 1933. He passed away October 16, 2013. Benjamin was an excellent athlete and excelled in all sports. He was inducted into the Menominee Hall of Fame and almost became a professional baseball player. After graduating from high school, Benjamin enlisted in the United States Army. He worked at Menominee Tribal Enterprise until retiring. He was also on the Keshena Fire Department and volunteered for many organizations including Habitat For Humanity. He was also a member of the Menominee Vets. (Kalihwisaks, Oct. 31, 2013)

WISCONSIN, Oneida - A military service was held for HOBERT M. JOHN, 80, on October 26, at the Holy Apostle Cemetery. Hobert was born June 16, 1933. He passed away October 14, 2013. “Hoby” lived in Oneida until 1950, when he enlisted in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He served on the USS Tutuila (ARG-4) and received an honorable discharge in 1955. His career for 32 years was an Aircraft Mechanic for United Airlines. During his free time he loved being with his family, hunting and fishing. (Kalihwisaks, Oct. 31, 2013)

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