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Linda Marie CroakerMay 19, 1953 ~ October 6, 2017 (age 64)
Linda Marie “Toad” Croaker “Makoons” (Little Bear), born May 19, 1953 to Lawrence and Denice (Frazer) Croaker, Sr., in Grafton, ND, passed away on October 6, 2017 in Fargo, ND surrounded by her family.
Linda grew up in Cass Lake, MN and graduated from Cass Lake – Bena Schools. She also attended United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND and Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, MN. She held several jobs over the years, including working for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe in Cass Lake, the Minneapolis American Indian Center in Minneapolis, Cass Lake – Bena Schools in Cass Lake in both Indian Education and Special Education. She also worked at Anishinabe Legal Services as a legal secretary where she began training to be a Paralegal.
She loved spending time with her family, siblings, children and grandchildren, dancing and life! She enjoyed playing her card games, Yahtzee, sewing quilts, and listening to music and bands.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Denice (Frazer) Croaker Sr.; brothers, Lawrence Croaker Jr. and John Woods Sr.; her sister, Judith Croaker; one nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is survived by her children: Deanna Croaker and Kelly (Caroline) Hart; grandchildren: Zara Croaker and Dwayne Hart; sisters: Barbara (Tom Cloud Sr.) Croaker, Carol Croaker, Connie (Richard Schulman) Headbird; brothers: Roger (Kathy) Croaker Sr., Ricky (Dawn Flaherty) Croaker, Donald (Deborah) Croaker Sr., William (Faye) Croaker Sr., Charles Croaker Sr., Grover Johnson; sister-in-law, Myra Woods; her very special friend and companion, Keith Sheehan, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Also, a big thank you to Myra Woods and Toni Silverthorn for taking such special care of Linda.
The Wake will begin at 5:00 P.M. on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the White Earth Community Center (formerly the Cass Lake American Legion) in Cass Lake, with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service, and continue until the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Interment will be at a later date.