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Mary Charboneau


Mary Evelyn Charboneau 88 of Fort Totten, ND passed away on Friday March 4, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

Mary Evelyn Veale was born on March 10, 1927, in Harbertonford, England to Fredrick and Mary Rose (Penhale) Veale.  In her teen years Mary worked at her Family’s Bakery.  During WWII she met the love of her life, Frank Charboneau who was stationed in England.  Mary and Frank were married on March 24, 1945, at St. Peters Church in Harbertonford, England.  Frank was sent home but due to illness Mary did not join Frank until 1946, and for the next 70 years she called the Spirit Lake Reservation home.  Mary and Frank raised five children Rosemary, Robert, Frank Jr., Jeannie and Stacie.  Mary was employed at various jobs in Devils Lake until she was hired as a cook for the Fort Totten School.  She cooked at the old school until they moved to the new Four Winds building.  Mary truly enjoyed cooking for the children of the Spirit Lake Reservation.  She retired in 1991 due to illness.  In her later years Mary enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her family.  Mary and Frank’s home was always filled with Grandkids and they wouldn’t have had it any other way.  Frank passed away in 2005.  In 2010, after 64 years Mary returned to England to visit her sister Jean.  She was accompanied by her grandson’s Frank Charboneau and Robert Thompson Sr.  They spent three weeks there and visited Mary’s English family.  When she returned home, one of her Grandchildren told her “I thought you might end up staying in England”, to which Mary replied “No, I was born there but this is my home.”  Mary was a very kind and generous woman who always helped out anyone in need.  She was a very Spiritual person who had a very strong Catholic Faith.  When Mary first came over from England she converted from being a Lutheran to a devout Catholic.  She was member of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church and was a part of the Sunday Morning Rosary Group.

Her Family will forever miss their “English Rose”.

Mary is survived by her children Robert Sr. (Alfrieda), Jeannie and Stacie, grandchildren Angela (Joe), Connie, Kristi (Robert), Jennifer (John), Nellie (Desmond), Jeriann (Shane), Rose (Jerry), Frank (Lakeisha), Bobbi, Robert Jr. (Lashanda), Cassandra, Sam (Starr) and Amanda, Special Great Grandson Kyle Sr.(Bonnie), 66 Great Grandchildren and 13 Great-Great Grandchildren.  Sister-in-law Theresa Charboneau, Daughters-in-law Cheryl Cloud, Patty Altinger and Vicki Gourneau; Adopted Son Cecil Longie; Brother-in- Christ, Father Charles Leute; and many Nieces and Nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Frank, Children Rosemary and Frank Jr., Grandson Shawn Charboneau Sr., Brothers Claude Veale and Fred Veale, Sister Jean Veale, Brothers in law Max Cook, Charlie Charboneau, Joe Charboneau, Clarence Charboneau and Anthony Charboneau Sr., Sisters in law Edna Veale, Vesper Charboneau and Cecilia Cook.  Nephews, Charles Jr., Arthur, Rickie, Russel, Mickie and Joe Charboneau, Scott Cook, Great Niece Heather Kurtz, Good Friends Diane Woods and Delores Lohnes.

Officiating:  Father Charles Leute, OP

Casket Bearers: Frank Charboneau, Kyle Charboneau, Robert Charboneau Jr., Peter Charboneau, Robert Thompson, Sr., Sam Cloud, Joseph Charboneau, Robert Thompson Jr. and Krista Thompson.

Honorary Bearers: Myra Pearson, Tracy Charboneau, Carol and King Walkingeagle, Al and Cheryl Laducer, Charlotte Burdick, Amy Charboneau, Catherine Howard, Beverly and Ken Graywater, Cody and KJ Graywater, Brian Pearson, Reaba Mack, Melba Bouvier, Birdie Lara, Tony and Vina McDonald, Antonette Halsey, Helena Littleghost, Libby Littleghost, Pauline Greywater and Family, Corrine Chaske, Velma and Vern Lambert, Sonta and Dean Dauphinais, Adele and Joe Lara,  Hermenia Mckay, Fritz Wetzel, Sherry Cook, Karen Cook and Carol Hicks, Ron Cook, Max Cook and Jerry Cook, Myrna Demarce, Mary and Chuck Trottier, Penny and Bruce Walkingeagle, Chelsea Lawrence, Shelly and Misty Luger, Evie McDonald, Robin Smith, Kathy and Rod Smith, Rena Lohnes, Ernestine Herman, The Late Anthony Charboneau’s Family, Trudy LaRoque and Deb LaVallie, Maria Baker and Kenny Baker, Jr., Jason Thompson, Mary’s Bingo Crew: Bonnie Jerome, Angel Thompson, Clarice Lawrence, Brenda and Patty Jackson, Diane Jackson and Doris Longie.  If we forgot to list anyone please forgive us it was not intentional.

Mary’s Family would like to thank the Hospice Nurses, Peggy, Sami, Amy, Farrah, Amber, Ashley, Heather and Susan.  A special Thank you to Dr. Bharath and his Nurse Judy.


VISITATION: Begins at 5PM Friday (March 11th)

at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Fort Totten

ROSARY & VIGIL SERVICE: 7PM Friday in the church


Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Fort Totten, ND


Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:00AM


St. Jerome's Catholic Cemetery, Crow Hill District, Fort Totten, ND

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Name: Paulette Driver

Date: March 11, 2016

Message: I'm so sorry, may she rest in peace, Dear Mary. She is a beautiful Person and angel now.  She was always so nice and full of compassion. always taking care of somebody. I have some beautiful memories of her.

Sincere condolences and prayers are sent to for Bob, Jeannie, Stacey and all the grandkids she helped to raise and whoever else was there at her home to enjoy her company. Sad to lose her, but she is so full of joy now to see all her loved ones who passed before her. 



Name: Diane Brines

Date: 3/10/2016

Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you, from the Hanson family.



Name: Jon Daniels

Date: 03/10/2016

Message: My condolences to Robert and Jeannie on the passing of their mother.

I remember her well when I was at your home.  Especially her singing.

My she journey well.



Name: Fran McDonald-Uribe

Date: 3/9/16

Message: My thoughts and prayers are with the Charboneau family.  Mary was such a God fearing, meek and humble woman of great faith in the Lord.   Rain, snow or shine she was always present at the church Sundays.   She was such a good example of what being Catholic was all about and one of the familiar faces I enjoyed seeing when I would go home to visit and attend church.  God grant Mary and her family peace.  Mitakuyapi Owasin


Name: Deanna Smith Erickson

Date: March 8, 2016

Message: Keeping the Charboneau family in my thoughts and prayers during this time.  



Name: Brian Pearson

Date: March 7, 2016

Message: My condolences to all of Grampa Frank & Gramma Mary Charboneau family.  May the creator give each of you strength and guidance to help you through this very difficult time.  I can honestly say I know she is at peace and happily being reunited with the love of her life Grampa Frank with no more suffering or loneliness although I personally know how strong at heart she was.  She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.  Prayers and thoughts to all of the Charboneau family, from her favorite lawn ornament Brian.