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Shawna Marie Defoe

April 22, 1993 ~ October 27, 2016 (age 23)

Shawna Marie DeFoe, “Ozhaawashko-Giizhig” Blue Sky, 23, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.  On Thursday, October 27, 2016, she started her four-day journey to the spirit world to be with our creator, Gitchi-Manidoo.

Shawna, “Ozhaawashko-Giizhig”  was born in Minneapolis, MN to Josephine “Josa” Defoe (Fond-du-Lac) and Steve Barber (Lac Courte Oreilles) on April 22, 1993.  She is from Fond-du-Lac Reservation.  As a young girl, Shawna was a fancy dancer.  She graduated from Fond-du-Lac Ojibwe school in 2013.  She loved the game of volleyball and played for Fond du Lac Ojibwe School; it was her favorite sport.  She also loved to spend time with friends and family.  Spending time with her daughters, Mariah and Allibelle, filled her heart the most.

Shawna is survived by her daughters, Mariah La’Rose Holm-DeFoe, and Allibelle La’Raina Northrup; mother, Josephine Diane DeFoe (Andrew); father, Steve Alan Barber (Patricia); brothers, Richard J. Stiffarm (Erin), Kristopher A. Stiffarm (Deseray), Cotee L. Hoffman (Joshua), Jeremy J. DeFoe (Amber), Brian K. Wichern, James R. Wichern; sister, Desiree Conger; aunts, Debra, Patricia, Arlene, Nita, Bonnie, Pamela, Rosemary, Barb, Becky, Annie; uncles, Dale, Lee, Theodore “Ted”, William, Nelson, Bill, Phillip, Brian; nieces and nephews, Jessica, I’Liana, Avii’anna, Ellianna, Aubrianna, Aubrey, Mercedes, Kareena, Aidon, Ty, Houston, Clarence, Wabanung; she is also survived by many cousins, extended family, and friends.

Preceding Shawna in death were her grandparents, Josephine (Smith) DeFoe, Edward DeFoe, Neva (Delapast) Belille, and Franklin Barber; uncles, Jeffrey DeFoe, Robert “Bobby” Delapast, Frank Barber, and Tim Belille; and nephew, Bill Fowler.

The wake will begin Sunday at 6:00 and continue until the Traditional Service on Monday at 11:00 at the Fond-du-Lac Headstart Gymnasium, Cloquet, MN.  Michael Smallwood will be the Spiritual Advisor and burial will be in the Old Holy Family Cemetery, Cloquet, MN.  Arrangements are being handled by Souder-Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service.


 Service Information

October 30, 2016

6:00 PM
Fond du Lac Head Start gymnasium
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720

Funeral Service
October 31, 2016

11:00 AM
Fond du Lac Head Start gymnasium
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720

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