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April D. Tollefson

October 2, 1995 — October 2, 2022

April D. Tollefson

April “Maple Dawn” Tollefson, “Adimani” (Steps On and Keeps On Walking) 27 of Devils Lake and St. Michael ND passed away Sunday, October 2, 2022 at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at the St. Michael’s Recreation Center beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The procession to St. Michael will leave at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. A Prayer Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Recreation Center and April will be taken to the John and Marva Tollefson home for the Wake. Burial will be in the Toillefson Family Cemetery on Monday morning, October 10, 2022 with a meal and give away to follow at St. Michael’s Recreation Center.

Maple Dawn was born on October 2, 1995 in Devils Lake, the daughter of Curtiss Tollefson and Rachel Feather.  She was raised in the St. Michael area and graduated from Warwick High School. She began working at the Dakota Dry Bean and this is where she met the love of her life, Nick Auker. They established their home in Devils Lake and were the proud and loving parents of Logan.

April was very artistic and was known for her photography, self-made art work and writing. She just loved to have her Dad come for a visit, so she could joke and tease him. They had that special father-daughter bond. April was very close to her brother, Johnson and they were like twins because they were only 10 months a part in age.

Our precious “Maple Dawn” has left us too soon. We love her, we will miss her so much and we will carry her memory in our hearts forever.

April’s loving family left to grieve her death are her fiancé Nick Auker; son Logan; mother-in-law Connie Auker; Dad Curtiss Tollefson; special aunts Robin (Jeff Azure) Tikanye and Harriet Feather; brothers Johnson Tollefson and Josiah Tikanye; sisters Isabella, Brooklynn, and Gabby; sisters Felicity, Hailey, Sydney, Dacia and Gimanawaste Tollefson, Caley Rose Littlewind and Elisha Baker; brothers Eugene II and Eryx Littleghost, Dante, Tayler and John III Tollefson; grandparents John and Marva Tollefson, Leticia Littleghost, Mark (Vanessa) Littleghost, Marilyn LIttleghost, Bud and Renita Shaw and Jeaneen Littleghost; great grandmothers Helena “Walks Far Woman” Littleghost, Onna Littleghost, Nancy Thomas, Marylou Steinhaus, Elizabeth McGarvey, Roberta Littleghost, Johanna Hunt, Darla (Larry) Thiele, Lorna (Ronald Sr.) WalkingEagle, Sheila, Adeline, Joan, June, Julie and Karen Blueshield, Lila Waanatan Anderson, Nicole Anderson and Diane Messner; great grandfather Philip Longie Sr.; grandfathers Richard Littleghost, Alvin Blueshield, Eric Dubois, Daniel Tollefson and Rudolph Tollefson; uncles John II (Mary) Tollefson, Mike (Dacia) Tollefson, Eugene (Lynn) Littleghost, Michael (Isabella Sanchez) Auker, Russell Littleghost, Rory (Kayla) Littleghost, Mark Littleghost Jr. and Merrill Ironhawk; aunts Renae Allery, Geneva BigTrack, Angie Little, Lisa Little, Tracy Chase, April Littleghost Trottier, Kristena Kalenza and Jenny White-Chavez; cousins Toby Hill, Shelby, Kinsley, Andreza, McKinley, Durrani, King, and Myla Tollefson, Carter Jo, Aspen and Jolynn Azure; special friend Luwanna “Dolly” Cavanaugh and many nieces, nephews, cousins.

She follows to the Spirit World, paternal grandfather Rudolph and Eustean Tollefson, Eugene H. and Elizabeth (Waanatan) Littleghost; great great grandparents, William and Eva (Longie) Waanatan, James and Agnes (Feather) Littleghost; great grandfather Inkpá duta; great great grandfather Chief BlackEagle, Francis Littleghost, Jordan Littleghost and Jerome Waanatan; nephews Billy Eugene Tollefson and Johnathan Wayne Tikanye Jr., niece Genesis Azure.

Casket Bearers will be Nick Auker, Michael Auker, Michael Tollefson, John Tollefson II, Curtiss Tollefson, Dante Tollefson, Tayler Tollefson and John Tollefson III.  Honorary Pallbearers will be all of April’s many dear friends, Bailee Longie, Isaiah Strouse, Antoine Motley, Dominic Baker, Monae Mendoza, Felicity Tollefson, Tayler Ross, Shirley Hooey and her beloved relatives. If we forgot to name anyone, please forgive us as we do our best during this very difficult time.



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Past Services

Gathering of family and friends

Sunday, October 9, 2022

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

St. Michael's Wellness Center

, Saint Michael, ND 58370

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Wake and Prayer Service

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Graveside Service

Monday, October 10, 2022

Starts at 6:00 am (Central time)

John and Marva Tollefson Residence

509 U.S. Rte 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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