Karen Ducheneaux Nitzschke

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October 28, 1941 – January 21, 2018

Karen Nitzschke, 76, of Swiftbird passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at her home. A remembrance ceremony was held January 27, 2018 at the Ducheneaux Chapel at Swiftbird. Burial was in the Ducheneaux Family Cemetery at Swiftbird. Karen Rae Ducheneaux was born on October 28, 1941 to Frank and Ellen “Babe” (Claymore)

Ducheneaux at the Old Cheyenne River Agency. She was the seventh of their eleven children. Her siblings were Joan (LeBeau), Henry “Bud,” John, Wayne, Anthony “Claire,” Franklin, Rochelle, Greg, Les, and Candace. Karen grew up in various locations on the Cheyenne River Reservation such as the old house at Stove Creek and the Old Cheyenne River Agency when her parents moved to town. She attended the Cheyenne River Boarding School, St. Joseph Indian School, and eventually graduated from Cheyenne River High School in 1959.


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