Shana Marie Helper was born May 5, 1971, in Eagle Butte, S.D., to Pete Helper Jr. and Gail Red Bull. Shana, 48, of Oglala, made her journey to the Spirit World on September 22, 2019, at the Rapid City Regional Health Home Plus Hospice House in Rapid City.
Shana is survived by her children, Jeremy Blacksmith, Tasina “Sheen” Helper, Corey ”Baby” Blacksmith, and Dani Martin; mother, Corrine Brave; sisters, Lori Bagola, Dana Chase In Winter, Sam Blacksmith, Angel Helper, Jessica Helper, and Essence Belt; brother, Jay (Felicia Ruff) Helper, Vince Helper, Douglas Kasier, Gerald Helper, Jesse Rouillard, and Gilbert Blacksmith; grandchildren, Trivean Blacksmith, Archer Blacksmith, and Zayden Helper; and special niece and nephew, Tracy “Mizarella” He Crow and JoDean “Jobeaners” Blacksmith.
Shana was preceded in death by her parents, Gail Red Bull and Pete Helper Jr., and her grandparents who raised her, Lillian and Pete Helper, Sr.
Pallbearers will be Harland “Wiggz” Dreaming Bear, Jr., Stephan “Bone Horse” Kills Small, JoDean “Jobeaners” Blacksmith, Donovan “Charge” Kills Small, Michael “Mother Earth” Featherman, Gilbert “Hoksila” Blacksmith, Shelden “Kelgen” He Crow; and Sheldon “Effi” Flute.
Wake Services: Two night wake service starting at 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Re-Creation Center in Oglala, SD with evening services starting at 8:00 PM each night of the wake services.
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Re-Creation Center in Oglala, SD
Officiating: Pastor Leon Schwartz
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Ivis Long Visitor
Graveside Services: Cremation to follow services
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD