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Olivia Marcia Eastman April 5, 1945- April 15, 2021


Last updated 4/19/2021 at 10:25pm

Olivia Marcia Johnson-Eastman, Mahpiya Aku Win, age 76, of Red Iron Lake, SD journeyed to the Spirit World on April 15, 2021 in Fargo, ND.

She was born on April 5, 1945 in Sisseton, SD the daughter of Elvin Stavick and Rose Blossom Johnson. Olivia married Wayne Eastman on July 20, 2005.

Olivia loved teaching the Dakota language. She had attended the Wahpeton Indian Boarding School and was not allowed to speak the language – so teaching it became very important to her. She went to school to become a dental assistant. She worked for IHS. She then furthered her education to become a teacher and taught at the Enemy Swim Day School and SWO College, teaching the Dakota language. Olivia also worked on the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Language Archives to insure the continuation of the Dakota language. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and doing crafts. The most important thing to Olivia was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survived by her children Loris Johnson, Leah Quinn Fool Bear, Lynnelle Quinn and LuJuanna Quinn-Hartmen; numerous step-children; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; siblings Wanda Johnson, Cynthia Starr, Ronald Brant, Stacy Brant Sr., Matthew Stavick, Jesse Stavick, Tisha Stavick and Tyrell Stavick; many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings Inez Marks, Rita Brant Holy Bull, Alcott Brant Sr., Michael Brant and Gary Brant.

Funeral service for Olivia Johnson-Eastman will be Monday, April 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Church, Eden, SD. Filmore Simon and Jr. Heminger will officiate. Interment will follow at Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Cemetery.

The family wake will be held beginning at 7:00 PM Friday, April 16, 2021 at the family residence, 44455 SD Hwy 10, Sisseton, SD.

All-night wakes will be held beginning at 7:00 PM Saturday, April 17, 2021 and Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Buffalo Lake District Center, Buffalo Lake, SD

Casket bearers will be Bryan Twilling Sr., Brent Starr, Ryder Dirtseller Jr., Wambli-Wastá Brant, Alcott Brant Jr., Gary Brant Jr., Eric Tiger, Nickolas Johnson, Leonard DuMarce III. and Nathan Owen.

Honorary Bearers will be Matthew Stavick, Jesse Stavick, Tyrell Stavick, Terry Wienbach and Jesse Larson.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN served the family.


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