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Leota Mae (Losh) Luskey


Leota "Mickey" Mae Luskey, 72, of Suttons Bay, Michigan, formerly of Bena, MN, passed away in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, September 13, 2012. She was born, the daughter of Charles and Irene (Johnson) Losh, on August 15, 1940 in Cass Lake, MN.

Mickey's family was very important to her. She was a stay-at-home mom while her girls, Michelle and Jerri Lynn, were young. Mickey was always willing to help people, many times greeting newcomers to town with meals and delivered "Meals on Wheels" to the elderly for many years. She was an amazing cook, everything that she cooked was wonderful, but her grandkids especially loved her "chicken rice". Mickey loved to travel home to Bena for the powwows in Cass Lake. She was a dedicated Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy watcher and really enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Mickey especially loved to go thrift store shopping. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Mickey was preceded in death by her parents; Charles and Irene, sister; Gloria, and two grand-daughters; Angel Chippewa and April Lovell.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband; Gerald R. Luskey of Suttons Bay, MI, two daughters; Michelle Madrigal-Perez of Colquitt, GA and Jerri Lynn Luskey of Suttons Bay, MI, brothers; Leonard (Marilyn) Losh of Cass Lake, Lyman (Joann) Losh and Robert (Peggy Shepard) Losh both of Sugar Point, MN, Melvin Losh, Raymond Losh and Rayis (Doreen) Losh all of Bena, MN, grandchildren; Nichelle, Danielle, Victoria, Sonia, Mistyrose, Carmen, Taylor, Dylan, Shaina, Kenda, great grandchildren; Jada, Lydia, Alexa, Nayely, Llesenia, Jonathon, Jovani, Damien, Tomas, Chloe, Eli, Kingston, Stormy and Mateo, numerous nieces, nephews. Other relatives and many more special friends.

A wake service for Mickey will begin at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2012 and continue until the 11:00 a.m. service on Thursday, September 20, all at the Bena Community Center in Bena, MN. Pastor Mark Olson will officiate. The Leech Lake Nations Drums and the Ojibwe Hymn Singers will provide the traditional native-american music. Mickey's Pallbearers will be Dylan Luskey, Duane Losh, Keevin Losh, Carl White, Warren White, Charles Losh, Donny Losh, Tyler Losh and Roy Lovelace. Honorary pallbearers are all her grandchildren. Interment will be held in the Lakeview Cemetery at Bena following the service.

Arrangements are entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at


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