Alice Elizabeth Carufel, of Lac du Flambeau, who completed 87 years of devoted service to her family, community, country and Tribe passed on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, due to a long illness.
Alice Elizabeth Carufel (Redwing) born June 16, 1925, Flandreau, S.D., to George and Sarah Redwing. Alice was the youngest of four children including brothers, James, John, and sister Elsie. As an enrolled full-blood member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, she attended the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, graduating in 1944.
Alice enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945, completed training at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Ill., attaining the rank of Pharmacist Mate-Third Class. Upon graduation, Alice was stationed in the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bronx, N.Y., serving until her discharge in 1946.
Upon discharge, Alice returned to Chicago to seek employment, where she met David G. Carufel of Lac du Flambeau, and they were later married Dec. 29, 1948. Dave and Alice remained married for 45 years until Dave’s passing April 13, 1993. Alice and Dave were blessed with four children: Sally, Robin, Donald, and Charles.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, George and Sarah; brothers, James and John; sister Elise; and her husband, David, of 45 years who passed in April 1993.
Alice is survived by daughter, Sarah (Richard) Williams of Broomfield, Colo.; sons Robin, Donald, and Charles of Lac Du Flambeau. Additional survivors include 13 grandchildren, 13 great-children.
Grandchildren: Jennifer (Jason) Wolf of Denver, Colo., Elizabeth Redwing (Vincent) Sheely of Broomfield, Colo., Ida Alice Williams of Denver, Colo., Elisabeth Carufel of Lac du Flambeau, Emma Carufel of Lac du Flambeau, Winona Carufel (Jorrell LaBarge) of Lac du Flambeau, Iris Carufel of Wittenberg, Donald Carufel Jr. of Wittenberg, David A. Carufel of Lac du Flambeau, Kenneth Carufel of Marty S.D., Dakotah Carufel of Lac du Flambeau, Charles Carufel Jr. of Lac du Flambeau, Cetan Wanbli (Eagle Hawk) Williams of Broomfield, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Shane Wolf of Denver, Colo., Axel Wolf of Denver, Colo., Gabriel Douglas of Broomfield, Colo., Isabella McDonald of Broomfield, Colo., Vivian Sheely of Broomfield, Colo., Clover Sheely of Broomfield, Colo., Theresa Williams of Hayward, expected great-grandson Denver, Colo., Cante Skuye (SweetHeart) Carufel-LaBarge of Lac du Flambeau, Kenyon Carufel of Marty, S.D., Katani Carufel of Marty S.D., Kenneth Carufel, Jr. of Marty S.D., Robyn Carufel of Marty S.D., and Kale Carufel of Marty S.D.; cousins, Beverly Wakeman of Flandreau, S.D., Juanita Nesji of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Robert Redwing of Flandreau, S.D.; nephews and nieces, Raymond Redwing of Flandreau, S.D., and Ida Hasvold of Bonner Springs, Kansas.
The wake services were held Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Lac du Flambeau Tribal multi-purpose building, with a Mass held at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lac du Flambeau, and interment in the Lac du Flambeau Community cemetery.
Pall bearers were grandsons David A. Carufel, Kenneth Carufel, Dakotah Carufel, Donald Carufel, nephews, Michael Anthony Carufel and William Kuckkahn.
The Lac du Flambeau Tribal Veterans provided honors for their fallen comrade.