Karen Louise (Whitebird) Martinez0-Garcia

October 11, 1953 ~ February 27, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Karen Martinez0-Garcia Obituary

Karen Louise Martinez-Garcia, age 70, of the Eagle Clan and Frazee, MN, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at St. Mary’s Essentia Hospital in Detroit Lakes, MN. She was born on October 11, 1953, in Cass Lake, MN, the daughter of Eunice (Diver) Whitebird.

Karen enjoyed going for walks, being outdoors in the woods, especially the pine trees. She was a very caring and loving woman. She enjoyed keno, going to the casino, playing bingo, arts and crafts, crosswords, word searches, and traveling. Karen was a woman of faith and enjoyed going to church. She liked going to pow wows and You Tube, watching anything “Big Foot” and listening to music. Karen was a strong and courageous woman who battled fearlessly against everything that she faced. Karen will be greatly missed by all who know and loved her.

Those who Karen is reunited with are her mom, Eunice; son, Marcell Norcross; daughter, Cheryl Norcross; sisters, Genevieve Hanks and MaryJane Cobenais; life long companion, Douglas Norcross, Sr.; grandson, Robert Bueno, Jr.; great-grandson, Ricco Castilleja; numerous nieces and nephews.

Those Karen leaves behind to forever cherish her loving memory are her son, Douglas Norcross, Jr.; daughters, April Norcross and Valerie (Jason) Whitebird; brother, John (Wendy) Whitebird; 6 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

An overnight wake for Karen will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024, and continue until her Christian Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, all to be held at the Onigum Community Center in Onigum, MN. Father William “Bill” Butcher will officiate. Those helping to lay Karen to rest are Anthony Wright, Sr., Jonathon Wright, Ken Rice, Cruz Whitebird, John Larson, and Jason Brown. Honorary pallbearers are all of Karen’s Family and Friends. Interment will be in the Old Agency Catholic Cemetery in Onigum, MN.

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

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March 1, 2024

1:00 PM
Onigum Community Center
Onigum Road
Onigum , Minnesota 56484

Funeral Service
March 2, 2024

1:00 PM
Onigum Community Center
Onigum Road
Onigum , Minnesota 56484


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