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Rhonda Sharon Burnette


Rhonda Sharon Burnette

August 12, 1968 ~ June 22, 2022 (age 53)

Rhonda "Hondo" Sharon Burnette, age 53, of the Turtle Clan of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and of Bemidji, MN, started her spiritual journey Wednesday, June 22, 2022, from the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND. She was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 12, 1968, the daughter of Ronald Burnette and Anna May (Whipple).

Rhonda grew up in the Little Earth projects in Minneapolis, where she loved playing basketball with her sisters and a tag game called 60 all over the projects. Some would say she couldn't keep her nose outta trouble growing up which lead to them moving up north to Sugar Point when she was a teenager, where she graduated from the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School. Rhonda would light up the room when she entered, she liked to make people laugh, and was always willing to help anyone out. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. She enjoyed visiting with friends and simply catching up with them. Rhonda liked being outside and going for walks. She loved her dreamcatchers and the Minnesota Vikings. Rhonda enjoyed played the dice game 10,000 and blackjack with friends or listening to her music, whether it be 90's rap, classic rock, or country. She loved to cook for her kids and always made herself at home in any of their kitchens. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Those greeting Rhonda in the spirit world are her mom, Anna May Whipple; father of her kids, Terrance Shaugobay; son, Joseph Iceman; sisters, Lisa and Michelle Burnette; grandma, Dorothy Whipple; auntie, Beverly; 3 angel grandchildren; and close friend, Howard Whitefeather.

Those left behind to cherish Rhonda's memory are her father, Ronald (Tamara) Burnette of Bemidji; boyfriend, John Roybal of Bemidji; sons, Jonothan Shaugobay of Longville, MN, Alvin Burnette of Mille Lacs, MN; daughters, Ronnie Burnette of Sugar Point, MN, Leah, Terri (Dorian), and Kaylee (Gary) Burnette of Bemidji, Leona (Matteo) Shaugobay of St. Paul, MN; sisters, Dureen, Renee, and Tara Burnette; 5 grandchildren, Letecia, Anthony, Ason, Karson, Octavia; mother-in-law, Leona Shaugobay; daughter-in-law, Christina Pierre; best friend, Beth Wiese and all her loved ones and friends.

A two-night wake for Rhonda will begin Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. and continue until her Thursday, June 30, 2022, 10:00 a.m. service, all to be held at the Bena Community Center. Spiritual Advisor will be Allen Hardy. Those helping to lay Rhonda to rest will be Alvin Burnette, Jonothan Shaugobay, Dorian Bismarck, Matteo Goggleye, Gary Vanpelt, and Leah Burnette. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Burnette, Justin Robinson, Sr., Dale Burnette, Christina Pierre, Sophie Pierre, and John Roybal.

Rhonda's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at




June 28, 2022

5:00 PM

Bena Community Center

15032 Old Housing Dr.

Bena, Minnesota 56626

Traditional American Indian Service


June 30, 2022

10:00 AM

Bena Community Center

15032 Old Housing Dr.

Bena, Minnesota 56626


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