Lorita Running Hawk


Funeral services for 74-year old Lorita Running Hawk are Wed, May 24, 2023 at 11:00 at Joyner Hall in Pine Ridge, SD, with traditional Lakota services by Mr Fred Cedar Face

Burial is at the Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery in Pine Ridge.

A one-night wake service starts at Tues, May 23, at 2:00 at Joyner Hall in Pine Ridge

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Lorita Florence (Black Elk) Running Hawk “Canupa Waste Win” was born on March 3, 1949, in Pine Ridge to Wilson Black Elk and Sarah Walking Elk. Lorita made her journey to the Spirit World on May 14, 2023 at the Pine Ridge IHS Hospital in Pine Ridge, SD.

Lorita is survived by her siblings Benedict (Marla) Black Elk, Owen (Dawn) Black Elk, Calvin (Theresa) Monroe, Iva Black Elk and Avis Monroe; stepdaughter Maxine Running Hawk; hunka daughters Marlene Bear Stops, Raylene Ochoa, Ranae & Marian Bagola, Cynthia Johnson, and Louella Youngman; hunka sons Jr (Donna) Whalen and Dwayne (Rose) Stenstrom; hunka sister Bernice White Hawk; nieces/nephews Faye Richard, Justine (Mike) Carlow, Carrie, Jessica, Iva, Luwayne, Tara and Lillian, Kristan, Kenneth and Clifford Black Elk, Jenny (Ed) Stover, Wilma Returns From Scout, Kathy Eagle Hawk, Margaret and Marianne Roan Eagle, Iris (Richard), Artigene and Vina White Hawk, Quincy Red Feather, Joe Sierra Sr, Bruce Black, Duane “Canupa” Martin, Sharon Two Bulls, Ann Two Bulls, Mary Two Bulls, and Frank Two Bulls Jr; grandchildren Antoinette Janis, Marguerite Janis, Trinity Janis, Rhea, Kyana, Ryel, and Katelyn Running Hawk; great-granddaughter Aria Janis; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Lorita was preceded in death by her parents Wilson Black Elk and Sarah Walking Elk; husband Floyd Bruce Running Hawk; siblings Webster Poor Bear, Thomas Poor Bear, Loren Black Elk, Wilson “Wally” Black Elk, Stella Black Elk, and Clifford Black Elk Sr; nephews David “RC” Janis, Benedict Black Elk Jr, Bert “BJ” Montileaux, and Brent Two Bulls; niece Mariah Montileaux; and grandsons Nicholas Janis, and Jonathon Haas.

Pallbearers will be Ben Black Elk, Chris Black Elk, Kenny Black Elk, Calvin Monroe, Louis Trey Janis III, and Joan Spotted Bear.

Honorary pallbearers will be All Whalen Families, Janis Families, Running Hawk Families, Two Bulls Families, Titus Families, Mousseau Families, Alice Running Hawk, All Sundancers from Grandma Bernice’s, and All Friends & Relatives-near and far.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD