White, Mary L. Corbine “Mindamoia” (Elder Woman)

Reserve, Wisconsin (NFIC) 6-09

Mary L. Corbine White of Hayward passed away March 21, 2009 at Golden Living - Valley of Hayward.

Mary Lavira was born on January 10, 1918 in Hayward, the daughter of Basil Corbine and Francis Isham Trepanier. Mary grew up and attended Hayward Indian School in Hayward. She worked at the Omni Lab in New Post and for Honeywell in Minneapolis, MN Most of all Mary spent her life as a homemaker. From time to time she was active in the LCO Community. Mary, along with her husband James E. White of 57 years, were strong American Indian movement activists since 1969. She was known as the Ogitchi da ikwe during the 1971 Winter Dam take over where she was the first and last person at the site. She also was an avid square dancer and loved to travel and play bingo.

She is survived by her sons Fred & Mike Tribble both of Hayward, James White III of Minneapolis; brothers Patrick Trepanier of Hayward; sisters Roberta (Jim) Essex, Alma Mich, Edna Murphy of all of Scranton, PA, Cyrilla “Squeeky” Streubel of Hayward; granddaughters Phyllis Kirchner, Lynette Tribble, Tammy Barber, Valerie Tribble, Mary Tribble, Kari Tribble, Melissa Crow all of Hayward, Rachel St. Catherine of Minneapolis; grandsons Terry Tribble  of Palm City , FL, Mike, Jeff & Kyle Tribble all of Hayward; 24 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband James E. White Jr.; brothers Irwin Isham, Jack, Joe, Ted, Jerome, Alfred and Kenneth Trepanier; sister Loretta Martinson, great granddaughter Tiffany Nicole Bunker.

The Funeral Service was March 25 at Pineview Funeral Service in Hayward.  Father Gregory Hopefl officiated.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Dennis Banks, Ellie Webster, Clyde Bellecourt, Donald Gokey III, Fredrick William Greendeer, Jon Kirchner, Nicholas Quagon, Jeff Savage and Wendy Savage.

Casket Bearers were James Louis III, Dylan St. Catherine, Jeff Tribble, Kyle Tribble, Mike Tribble Jr. and Terry Tribble.