Donna “Elaine” Regguinti, “Anang Ikwe” which means “Star Woman”, age 68, of Deer River, Minnesota and the Bear Clan journeyed to the spirit world on Friday, December 27th, 2019 from Essentia Hospital in Deer River, MN. She was born on January 20th, 1951 in Cass Lake, MN to Margaret (Fairbanks) Ferber.
Elaine was born in northern Minnesota and spent most of her childhood growing up in Ball Club. She moved to Minneapolis in her teenage years. She was a proud member of the Leech Lake Band and moved back to the reservation in the mid 90’s. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 20 years of service and would later retire from the Leech Lake Reservation. She went on to substitute teach for the Red Lake, Ponemah and the Bug-o-nay-ge-shig schools and volunteered as a driver for medical appointments. Elaine loved to travel and follow the powwow trail as often as she could, where she loved to jingle dress dance. She loved her powwow family, just as much as she loved her own. Her family meant the world to her and she loved spending time with them; especially her kids and grandchildren. Elaine loved being with them and doing whatever she could for them. She had a passion for giving back to her Mother Earth and encouraged others to do so. Elaine was an amazing woman who gave of herself, helping even people she didn’t know. She took pride in being grammatically correct and would correct you if you weren’t. She was also very proud of being on the Red Road, with 30 plus years of sobriety. Elaine was a wonderful mother and grandmother and she will be forever missed.
Family that Elaine is reunited with are her mother, Margaret Ferber; brother, Gordon Regguinti; sister, Laura Warner; grandsons, Joe Richard Dodson and Richard Byrd Dodson III; father of her children, Thomas Edward Wilson, Jr. and many other relatives.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Cari (Joe) Frenzel of Puposky, Crystal (Chad) Wilson of Ball Club, Corey Wilson of Bemidji and Camille Wilson of Ball Club; brothers, Johnny (Pat) Regguinti and Randy (DeEtte) Ferber; sisters, Tammy Eyre and Debbie Wiita; 15 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, special friend, Richard Parker, several nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
An overnight wake for Elaine will begin at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 3rd and continue until her 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, January 4th all to be held at the Ball Club Community Center in Ball Club, MN. Pallbearers for Elaine will be Gabriel Hager, Jr., Jared Frenzel, Dante Wilson, Devin Johnson, Randy Ferber and Joseph Frenzel. Her honorary pallbearers are all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
Elaine’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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