May 10, 2002
Roman J. Sigana
Roman J. “Ba-Noon-Da-Goo-Sid” Sigana, 79, of Red Lake died
Thursday, April 25, 2002, at Red Lake Hospital.
A funeral Mass was conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 29, in
St. Mary’s Church, Red Lake, with The Rev. Pat Sullivan officiating. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery under
the direction of Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home.
His sons served as honorary pallbearers.
Roman J. Sigana was born Sept. 8, 1922, at Ponemah to John
and Edna (Iceman) Sigana. His Indian
name was Banoondagoosid, which means Coming Voice.
He attended school at Ponemah and graduated from Red
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served until the end of
1945. On Aug. 17, 1947, he married Mary
Jane Jourdain at Red Lake, where they had since lived.
He was a postal worker and a truck
driver. He was also employed by
Potlatch and delivered the Ojibwe News.
He was a member of the American Legion and a life member of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As a
young man he played basketball and boxed. Throughout
his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and
visiting with his
family at home.
He is survived by his wife; fours sons, Emmanuel R. Sigana
Jr., Darrell (Diane) Sigana, John Sigana and Mike (Janice) Sigana;
daughters, Mona Sigana, Carol Sigana, Wanda Sigana, Eldora (Arlen)
Cora Sigana, Molly Sigana and Margaret Sigana; 37 grandchildren, 36
great-grandchildren, two great-great- grandchildren; and a sister,
preceded in death by his parents, a brother,
two daughters, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.