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Olivia Marcia Eastman


April 16, 2021

Olivia Marcia Eastman

April 5, 1945 - April 15, 2021

Olivia Marcia Johnson-Eastman, 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, Matthew Stavick, Jesse 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.

All-Night Wakes will be held beginning at 7:00 PM Friday, April 16th continuing through Sunday, April 18th at the family residence, 44455 SD Hwy 10, Sisseton, SD (Red Iron Lake Housing District)

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 Jr. 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.

All Night Wakes:

Friday, April 16th, Saturday, April 17th, and Sunday, April 18th

Red Iron Lake Housing District

44455 SD Highway 10

Sisseton, SD

Funeral Service:

Monday, April 19, 2021

2:00 P.M.

Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Church

Eden, SD

Interment to follow:

Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Cemetery


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