Native American Press / Ojibwe News

May 10, 2002
Roman Sigana

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 Lake High School.

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; seven daughters, Mona Sigana, Carol Sigana, Wanda Sigana, Eldora (Arlen) Lussier, Cora Sigana, Molly Sigana and Margaret Sigana; 37 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, two great-great- grandchildren; and a sister, Goldie Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, two daughters, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.   



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