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For the Record
April 2009

Steven James "Eagleskin" Bigcrane, Sr.
RONAN — Steven James "Eagleskin" Bigcrane, Sr. 48, of Clarice Paul, Ronan left this world to be with his parents John Francis and Alice Y. Hawk Bigcrane on April 18, 2009. He was born on May 11, 1960 in St. Ignatius at the Holy Family Hospital.

He is survived by his loving companion, Venita Lozeau Wall; his children Charlyn (Brian) Chapman and Steven "Woody" Bigcrane, Jr; brothers Roy, Art, Lester, James and Ed and sister Arlene, all of Ronan and sister Ellen Rose Pretty On Top of Crow Agency.

Wake services began at the Longhouse Sunday evening. Rosary services were Monday at with funeral services on Tuesday. His resting place is at Snyelmn Sntmtmne. 

Ezra James Farmer
PABLO — Ezra James Farmer, born March 17, 2009 left this world to be with Grandfather April 30, 2009.

For the short time he was in this world he brought us so much joy to our hearts, he gave us so many loving memories that we will never forget.

He was preceded in death by his uncle Lakota V. Farmer; cousin BJ Gardipe; great-great grandfather Thomas M. Pablo; great-great grandmother Laura Pierce; great-great grandfather Thomas E. Pierce, Sr.; cousin Terje Pablo; great-great grandfather Bud farmer; and great-great grandmother Ladean Peak.

He left behind his loving mother Lakita R. Farmer; grandmother Theresa D. Pierce; grandfather Rodney Grund; great-grandparents Thomas and Mildred Pierce and Keith and Connie Farmer; aunts Rochelle L. Selfors and Sierra J. Nafziger; great-great grandmothers Vida J. Pablo and Virginia Farmer; great uncle Wade Pierce and great aunts Anita R. Pierce and Lisa Johnson and many, many cousins.

The wake was held at the family home in Pablo with graveside services held Tuesday at the Ronan Cemetery.

Beverly Doraine Morigeau
DIXON — Beverly Doraine Morigeau of Dixon passed away at home on April 28, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Hamilton on September 13, 1932 to Warren and Mavis Smith.

On August 5, 1950, Bev married Elmer "Sonny" Morigeau, Jr. and together they raised five children of their own and provided a home to numerous others.

Bev was best known for all her leadership activities with youth. These included working for Dixon High and Two Eagle River Schools, Inter-Tribal Youth Practicum, Junior Tribal Council, and Summer Youth Employment. Activities she loved included bowling, softball, ice skating, dance skating, roller skating, powwows, traveling to workshops/conferences and attending all her children’s activities and sporting events.

She is survived by her husband Sonny and children Doug (Cheryl), Jim (Marlene), John (Charlotte) all of Dixon; Vicki Morigeau (David Velarde) of Dulcy, NM ; Eileen (Thaddeus) Marion of Great Lakes, IL; and Annie Clairmont of Polson. She has 24 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and a sister Carol (Ken) Williams of Superior.

She is preceded in death by an infant daughter Linda, her parents Warren and Mavis, and a grandchild Elijah Alexander.

Services were held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius on Saturday, May 2 and burial followed at the family plot in Dixon.

Jayse Antoine Joseph
FARGO, ND — Grandpa and grandma’s little angel whose Indian name is Wegadabiiyose, which means, Walks Softly on Water, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital.

Jayse was welcomed into this world on September 8, 2007 in Deer River, Minnesota, by his parents Rosanne D. Joseph and Justin (Bellanger) both of Deer River and Douglas Kingbird, Jr. He loved to spend time at grandma’s house playing with his cousins and friends.

Jayse is preceded in death by great-grandparents Nancy and Leonard Joseph of Elmo and George and Maxine Partridge of Red Lake, Minnesota.

Jayse is survived by his parents and brother Javel Joseph; grandparents Desmond L. Joseph of Pablo and Candace Partridge-Gotchie of Red Lake; and Ramona Smith and Douglas Kingbird, Sr.; uncles Ryan, George and Andrew Gotchie all of Red Lake; Marcus and Desi Joseph, Jr., both of Arlee; aunties Lanette Joseph, Rozlyn Joseph, and Marty (Lakota) Fiddler, all of Arlee.

Funeral services were held at the Community Center in Bena, Monday, May 4. Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji, Minnesota, was in charge of funeral arrangements.