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Obituary for Curtis Russell LaClaire was called home on October 31, 2018.

Curt was the Mendota Community Tribal Chairman for 2 terms. The Mendota Community will miss him. Curt came to the Wacipi / Pow Wow each year and carried in the LaClaire / LeClaire Staff. If Sandy and family wants we will honor Curt at our next Wacipi / Pow Wow Sept 13-15-2019, this will be our 20th Wacipi / Pow Wow. We missed Curt at our last Wacipi / Pow Wow.

Rest in peace!

The Mendota Tribal Council & Our Community Members.

Love Sharon

Curtis Russell LaClaire

Obituary for Curtis Russell LaClaire

Curt LaClaire was called home on October 31, 2018, passing peacefully after a 13 month battle with cancer.

Curt married Sandy (Iverson) 48 years ago, and together they raised 9 wonderful children. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 42 years. He loved people, especially youth. He was always involved in serving in the Church, spending many years as a Scoutmaster.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather, his greatest joy was his 28 grandchildren. Curt is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Pauline (Helseth) LaClaire.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; his children: Kim (Todd) Sinjem, Curtis (Becky) LaClaire, Derek LaClaire, Keith (Kayla) LaClaire, Dionne (Steve) Sandall, Joel LaClaire, Spencer (Tatiana) LaClaire, Paul (Jane) LaClaire, Noelle (Josh) Slagowski; his siblings: Bruce (Carol) LaClaire, Vicky (Pete) Eckman, Doug (Linda) LaClaire, Susie Foty, Renee Foss, Dennis (Karyn) LaClaire; and his grandchildren: Sofia, Hogan, Lola, Ethan, Eli, Jonah, Janie, Sadie, Lukas, Isabelle, Mason, Alex, Elsie, Violet, Stevie, Lillian, Landon, Scarlet, Isaac, Juliet, Olivia, Brooklyn, Hadley, Teagan, Milo, Ari, Leo, Finn, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Special thanks to the staff at HCMC Cancer Center and Heritage Hospice for their tender care of Curt.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4700 Edinbrook Terrace, Brooklyn Park, MN. A viewing will be held prior to services beginning at 9:30 a.m. private interment will follow services. Those wishing to send flowers may have them delivered to Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home 515 Highway 96 West Shoreview, MN 55126.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family under the “Tribute Wall” tab above.

Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center

3515 69th Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN, 55429




Obituary for Arthur “Sung Ska Natan” Owen

Obituary for Arthur “Sung Ska Natan” Owen

Arthur “Sung Ska Natan” Clark Owen, 68, of Prairie Island, died unexpectedly at United Hospital in St. Paul. He was born December 7, 1949 to Amos and Ione (James) Owen in Red Wing. He graduated from Red Wing Central High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War and was a combat veteran. He attended the University of Minnesota where he studied political science and later he studied at the London School of Economics. He married Beverly Androsky and later Stephanie Autumn. Despite each marriage ending in divorce they were both blessing and helped to build the large family that Art was so proud of. In 2005, he married Carrie Morris in Mankato. Art loved playing sports and had been very athletic, especially following his time in the service. After the death of his father in 1990, Art carried on the Dakota traditions and ceremonies. He cherished his Dakota Wicohan. He became instrumental in building bridges between native culture and western culture and educating people both within and outside the Tribe on the importance of maintaining cherished native traditions. His awards and acknowledgements are numerous and he was responsible for starting the Buffalo Project on Prairie Island. He enjoyed working out at the YMCA, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling the world and he always made sure to enjoy his favorite meal – breakfast.
Art is survived by his wife, Carrie; children, Todd Reichelt of Germany, Jessica Owen, Michelle Wayne, Kachine Camp, Craig (Noy) Camp, Mashugashon Camp, Ujon Camp, Leah (Redwing Thomas) Owen, Austin Owen, Wynona Owen and Jack Seiji Rios Shibata; many grandchildren and the many children, grandchildren and godchildren that he has helped raise and care for; sibling, Brenda Owen Milano, Linda Owen, Ray Owen, Michael (Claudia) Owen, Clifford (Debbie) Owen and Duane “Duffy” (Timya) Owen; as well as many nieces and nephews, other family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Ione; and infant brother, Hepi.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the Prairie Island Community Center. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 until the time of the service at the Community Center. Burial at the Prairie Island Community Cemetery. Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.

Margaret LeClaire Nordin passed away Oct 25, 2018. Rest in peace my precious auntie🧚‍♀️.

Margaret LeClaire Nordin my precious Auntie passed away last night Oct 25, she was 98. She is my mother Selisha LeClaire’s younger sister. Auntie Margaret was the last of her siblings. The picture below is her and her siblings. Now they are all together again forever. Grandma Lilly Felix LeClaire and Albert LeClaire are happy to have all their children together again. Rest in peace my dear auntie I love you. Say Hi to my Mother and all my family. My condolences to all of Auntie Margaret’s family.

She is the woman on the right 🧚‍♀️


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People have been asking me where this picture came from. It was an article the Circle Native Newspaper did on us. When we came back home to Mendota our ancestral home. Our families have been here for hundred of years. The article was called New Growth from Old Roots done in February 2000.

Dick Bancroft died July 16th, 2018

Dick Bancroft died early yesterday morning 7/16/2018. He was a great man, he and his art will be dearly missed.

He was in hospice.  Memorial to be announced.  A huge loss to our world and movements.  He did such incredible brave work and was so fun.  We’ll miss him.

Love Sharon

Dick Bancroft. Photographer

Photo by Annette Lopez

Rest in peace my dear uncle Russell F. LaClaire died November 29, 2017.

Russell F. LaClaire

LaClaire, Russell F. Age 95 of Mendota passed away November 29, 2017. WWII Veteran. Preceded in death by wife Pauline; parents Albert and Lillian; siblings Albert, Raymond and Selisha. Survived by sister Margaret; children Bruce (Carol), Curt (Sandy), Vicki (Peter) Eckman, Doug (Linda), Susan Foty, Renee Foss, Dennis (Karyn); 25 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren. Visitation 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, December 8 at Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel, 2901 Johnson St. N.E. Memorial service 11:00 AM Saturday, December 9 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 100 Silver Lake Road N.W., New Brighton. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828

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