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Hermaline Wounded Knee



FORT THOMPSON – Hermaline H. Wounded Knee, 75, made her journey to the Spirit World on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Sanford Chamberlain Hospice Unit, due to a cancer related illness.

Hermaline H. Tehyantakiya Yamayankapi “Come to See Me, Along Ways” was born on January 31, 1943, as the daughter of Rachael Pearl (Voice) Head and Lee Rubin Head, in Old Fort Thompson. She attended grade school at Fort Thompson BIA School, in Old Fort Thompson before dropping out of school to take care of her ill mother. As a result, she found her passion to care for others which led her to the Community Bailey Hospital in Chamberlain where she became a nurse’s aide. She held this position for 26 years. With her most recent employer, Lode Star Casino, she had dedicated 26 years before her retirement.

She met the love of her life Leon Wounded Knee and they were united in marriage on February 8, 1973. To this union a son was born, William Joseph Wounded Knee, whom hours later passed on. They raised two children Janice Sazue and James Sazue and one adopted son Lee Wounded Knee. Also, at this time they were foster parents to many children.

Hermaline is survived by a her three children Janice Sazue, James Sazue and Lee Wounded Knee, Sr.; brother Rodney Head and family; and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her mother Rachael Pearl (Voice) Head; father Lee Rubin Head; husband Leon Wounded Knee; son William Joseph Wounded Knee; sisters Lavina Wells and Donna Maria Head; brother-in-law Lester Wells, Sr.; nephew Harry Lee Head; and grandson Brian Lucas Jones.

A one night wake service started on Monday, August 6, 2018 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Thompson. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Thompson. Burial was at the St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery in Crow Creek.

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