Maurine Shegonee, age 75, died at home Thursday June 9, 2022 surrounded by her loving family and caregivers.
Maurine was born April 22, 1947 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to Charles and Mary (Smith) Shegonee. Maurine was adopted at birth and raised in the ways of the Ho Chunk people by her mom, Emmaline Claire Wilson Twinn. It was Emily who instilled all the wonderful motherly values and sense of family in Maurine who in-turn was a guiding light and special example for her children and grandchildren. Emily was the driving force in who Maurine was to become. Maurine was rich in life; happy in her work and generous to a fault with both her time and talents. Reasons she became such a wonderful stepmom and foster parent as well. She was admired for her lifelong friendships. She was a woman of integrity and honesty. She was and independent woman and strong-willed.
I mentioned happy in her work… except for the long, long second shifts that kept her busy at night, only to come home and work at her weaving or beadwork through the night in order to be up for breakfast before sending the kids to school and then finally finding time to sleep. Relentlessly a hard worker, and a selfless woman sacrificing for her children and others so they wouldn’t have to.
Working at night was also her creative time as Maurine was not only a craftswoman but her designs and ways of expressing herself made her a true artisan; particularly in her weaving and yarn-work as well as her beadwork. She spent alone time reading and doing large print cross word puzzles. Maurine was never simple (though she liked to think so) as she was always humble.
Surviving Maurine are her children John William Shegonee, Christine (Christopher) Sweet, Jessica Lynn Stacy, and Daniel Charles Stacy; her stepchildren George Owen Stacy Jr. and Melanie Rose Stacy; her 15 grandchildren Kristopher John Lockman, Gariel D. Shegonee, Monte Z. Shegonee, Maleana Cloud, Joshua Cloud Jr., Jaret J. Decorah, Abigail M. Shegonee, Jaelyn Cloud, Cecilia Cloud, Dash Alfred Stacy, Dannika Mon Funmaker, George Preston Stacy, Ruby Maurine Funmaker, Zachara Noreen Stacy and Jesse Eugene Stacy, her two great-grandchildren Blake Shegonee and Kiyah Cloud. Further surviving Maurine is a lone sibling her brother Charles Shegonee Jr., as well as her very precious great-grandpup Oliver Mittens.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her other siblings; Bonnie Twinn, Neoma J. (Shegonee) Denny and Rhonda Marie (Shegonee) Burwell.
Services for Maurine will be held at the District 1 Community Center Saturday Morning June 11, 2022 following a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Clayton Winneshiek will preside with burial following the service at the UCC Church Cemetery.
The Buswell Funeral Home, 106 S. Second St., in Black River Falls, WI is assisting the Family, (715) 284-2231