Whimsical 04

Melissa Lee Tiessen

March 23, 2001 ~ September 17, 2020 (age 19)


Melissa Lee Tiessen, 19 years young, journeyed to the spirit world on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 from the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND.

She was born in Bemidji, MN on March 23rd, 2001 to Shelly Hanson and Chancey Tiessen.  Melissa grew up in Bena and Prescott and would have graduated from the Cass Lake/Bena High School this year.  She enjoyed writing, drawing, photography and listening to her music.  Melissa liked hanging out and cruising around in her Ranger with her family and friends.  She also loved spending time with her siblings and her special Aunty Bug.  Melissa was loved terribly by all the people who came into her life.

Family that welcome Melissa to the spirit world are her grandma, Marilyn Hanson; uncles, Gary Hanson, Jr. and Thomas Chase; special friend, Monica Salas and many other family members.

Those she leaves behind to cherish her memory are her grandpa, Gary Hanson, Sr.; parents, Shelly Hanson and Chancey Tiessen; biological father, David James Jones; brothers, Braylon and Brayden Tiessen and Tyler Oehler; sisters, Angel Tiessen, Marilyn Joy Hanson II and Leslie Hanson; aunties, Kathleen (Todd) Hanson and Crystal (Gil) Hanson; nieces, Aubri and Aliyah Gotchie and Anora Moses-Nabors; nephew, Roderick Moses-Nabors; cousins, Kayla and Caleb “Bro” Duoos; her significant other, Shane Oehler, lifelong friend, Dakota Moses; many aunties and uncles, numerous relatives and too many friends to list.

An overnight wake for Melissa will begin at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, September 24th and continue until her 11:00 a.m. traditional service on Friday, September 25th all to be held at the Bena Community Center in Bena, MN.  Helping to lay Melissa to rest are Shane Oehler, Dustin Chase, Randy Hanson, Nicholas Jones, Jr., Daunte Curry, Steven Lee O'Brien, Jr., Andrew Oehler and Quint Ironnecklace.  The alternate pallbearer is Antonio Hanson.  Her honorary pallbearers are all her family and friends.  Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Bena, MN.

Melissa’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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September 24, 2020

12:00 PM
Bena Community Center
15032 Old Housing Dr.
Bena, Minnesota 56626

Traditional American Indian Service
September 25, 2020

11:00 AM
Bena Community Center
15032 Old Housing Dr.
Bena, Minnesota 56626

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