Obituary for Arlene Northbird
Arlene June Northbird whose Ojibwe name in “Nukashi” which means “Hummingbird”, 61, of Cass Lake, MN died Monday, August 6, 2012 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Traditional Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Friday, August 10, 2012 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake. A wake will begin Wednesday at the Veteran’s Memorial Building and will continue until the time of the service. Interment will be in Family Burial Grounds in Cass Lake, MN. Arrangements are with the Cease Family Funeral Home of Cass Lake.
Arlene was born July 13, 1951 in Cass Lake, MN, the daughter of Louis, Sr. and Adella (Stillday) Northbird. She was raised and educated in Cass Lake, attending school both in Cass Lake and Bemidji. She loved to: tease and joke around, go to family gatherings and spend time with her family and grandkids. She followed her cultural ways by berry and pine cone picking, the wild rice and the maple sugar harvests. She loved being an active member of the mide’ society and the miidewiiwin lodge. She was an avid star gazer. She also liked gathering roots and plants for medicine and traditional purposes.
Arlene is survived by daughters- Jolene Northbird of Cass Lake Lori Reyes of Cass Lake Sons- James Reyes of Cass Lake Thomas Reyes, Jr. of Ashland, Wisconsin Daughter- Justine English of Cass Lake Special daughter – Ciji Jarecki of Ashland, Wisc. Special friend- Thomas L. Reyes, Sr. of Ashland, Wisc. Grandchildren-Jaime Pemberton, Jenika Pemberton, Jayden Pemberton, Naykota Jackson, Ashkii Jackson, Mitena Jackson and Yahto Jackson Brothers -Gerald (Suzanne) Northbird Sr. of Cass Lake Gordon (Peggy) Northbird of Cass Lake Gene Northbird of Cass Lake, Pat (Chyrle) Northbird of Cass Lake, Sisters- Melvina, Lois and Brenda Northbird -all of Cass Lake, MN. numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers- Leslie Northbird, Louis “Acey” Northbird nephews- Barry Northbird, Bryan Northbird and Scott Bowstring and son-in-law – Ray Pemberton.
Active Casketbearers are Mike Bowman, Darryl Northbird, Gordon Northbird, Rod Northbird, Gene Northbird, Jr., Richard Northbird, with alternates- Jon Finn and Gary White.
Honorary Casketbearers are Margaret Jordan, Jon Finn, Gary White, Ben Cameron, Jeff Harper, Thomas Reyes, Sr., all of her grandkids, Justine English, Jaime Pemberton, Jenika Pemberton, Jayden Pemberton, Naykota Jackson, Ashkii Jackson, Mitena Jackson and Yahto Jackson.