Sandra Rose (Columbus) Geshick, Zitkada Wa?te Win “Good Bird Woman”, age 64, of the Lower Sioux Community, entered the Spirit World Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at her home surrounded by family. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Visitation is from 4:00 p.m. Friday until the time of service at the Community Center. There will be a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Friday. Burial is in St. Cornelia’s Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Sandra Rose (Columbus) Geshick was born November 19, 1951 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Thomas and Iola (Mireau) Columbus. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Cornelia’s Bishop Whipple Mission. Sandee graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma in 1969. She furthered her education at Gustavus Adolphus College and received her Associate of Arts Degree in Dakota Studies at Sisseton Wahpeton Community College. Sandee later attended Southwest State University. She taught Dakota culture and language to young children in Montessori Schools and to older children and adults through the Shakopee Mdewakanton Community Education Department. The kids at the school all loved her and caller her Kunsi. Sandee married Ray Geshick in a traditional wedding in 1995 at the Lower Sioux Community. She loved her culture and language, and was very instrumental in bringing it back to the Oyate. Sandee was a member of the Ladies Guild, Dakota Women’s Society, Wisdom Steps, and Grandmother’s Society. She loved cooking and baking, flower gardening, and caring for her plants. Sandee was very meticulous in her quilting.
Sandee is survived by her husband Ray of 21 years; daughter Tamica Columbus of the Lower Sioux Community; granddaughter Sabrina Columbus-LaRose; siblings: Tim Columbus of San Diego, CA, Roland Columbus of Redwood Falls, Lillian Wilson, LaVonne Swenson, Marilyn HisDay, Vincent Columbus, Dan Grey Eagle, all of the Lower Sioux Community, Chris Columbus of Redwood Falls, and Melissa (Chris) Chee of the Lower Sioux Community; Hunka sister Shirley Bad Wound; mother and father-in-law Raymond (Holly) Geshick Sr. and Dorothy Strong; brothers and sisters-in-law Ann, Wanda, Jeff, and Charles Geshick; niece Priscilla “Scootie” Gruendemann and her children; many other nieces and nephews; her students, relatives, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Alvin, Delano, Clyde, Kevin, Leon, and Glenford Columbus, sister Ramona, nieces Autumn Rose Jones, Salina Eller, and Monique Wilson, and nephews Chad Dean Gruendemann, Dennis Whipple, Donovan Golubowicz, and Willard Columbus.