OBITUARY: Rose Joy Crutchfield Sundberg, 1932-2023

OBITUARY: Rose Pleasure Crutchfield Sundberg, 1932-2023

Pleasure Crutchfield Sundberg peacefully returned to her Creator on
February 25, 2023 on the age of 90. She was surrounded by household that
loves her deeply. She was born on March 25, 1932 at Yah-ter he-wan on
the Klamath River, the third of 5 youngsters, to Lila and Edward
Crutchfield. She grew up in Blue Lake and attended elementary college
there and graduated Arcata Excessive Faculty with the Class of 1950.

was Yurok and descendant from many Yurok villages, each river and
coastal ner-er-nerh. Her paternal grandmother was Susie Donnelly
Crutchfield born on the village of Cho-kwee and the unique land
holder of their household property at Yah-ter he-wan inside the Yurok
Reservation. Her maternal grandmother was Mary Shaffer Natt born at
Tsurai village in Trinidad, and the granddaughter of Massive Lagoon
Charlie. Her maternal grandfather was Robert Natt Sr. from the
village of Hop-pew on the Klamath River.

had a radiant recent confronted magnificence with glowing eyes, raven black
hair like Elizabeth Taylor, a humorousness and fast wit, which
earned her the affectionate title the Native Betty White! Her
magnificence shined by all her levels of life. She was an enthralling
hostess, a vogue trendsetter utilizing her aptitude and daring wardrobe as
a backdrop to showcase native and different tribal jewellery artists when
she traveled to foyer for Indian rights. She remarked, They might
not bear in mind my face however theyll bear in mind the flashy huge Indian
rings I put on!

was a trainer of true indigenous historical past, talking the exhausting (and
generally unpopular) fact but she had grace and diplomacy;
a human rights, environmental and tribal rights activist; a servant
chief; political
activist in causes she believed in,
a lifelong
and a powerful storyteller and cook dinner. She liked jokes and had a
repertoire of many, delivering them with knowledgeable timing.
As soon as her ex-son-in-law
laughed so exhausting he blacked out and fell to the ground!

early act of defending human rights made her legendary to her
classmates. She single-handedly beat up the boy who was hitting ladies
with a swap and making them cry. She discovered how you can struggle sparring
along with her brother Invoice Crutchfield. To so many, she was a real pal.
She discovered from an previous pal who instructed her, Pleasure, if you wish to
have associates, you need to be a pal. She had associates throughout
the world.

was married for 34 years to Fred Sundberg, and collectively they’d 5
sons — Fred, Daniel, Marshall, Garth and Mark and a
Lisa. She has been the household matriarch of greater than 65 grandchildren
and counting. When
her youngsters had been younger, the household break up their time between their residence
in Trinidad and the household cabin on the Klamath River on the unique
household allotment. Within the early Nineteen Sixties the household operated the Paddle
Inn close to Johnsons, the place jet boat vacationers stopped in for lunch.
Pleasure served burgers and potato salad, and made recent sizzling pies with
regionally harvested huckleberries and blackberries served a la mode!
The pies had been so good clients would struggle for the final piece of pie
and so they wished it served within the pan with all of the leftover juices,
whereas members of the family tried to cover any additional items of pie from every
different to get pleasure from after the vacationers left. On the coast, they ran
Sundberg Trucking.

the late Nineteen Seventies the household owned and operated the Aketa Inn on the
east facet of the Arcata Plaza,
which was a restaurant and bar. Pleasure kicked off its grand opening with
the familys favourite band and pal Merv George and his Band, who
performed at nearly each Sundberg household occasion. Her
favourite track she liked to bop to was Operating Bear.

and Fred had been lively supporting their childrens sports activities groups and
schooling, Pleasure served on the PTA, Fred coached baseball, and so they
hosted crab feeds to lift cash to help their childrens groups
and college occasions. They began the Little League baseball program in

the early Nineteen Sixties Pleasure was one of many unique assignees of the Cher-Ae
Heights Indian Neighborhood of the Trinidad Rancheria.
served as Chairperson there for over 26 years, and she or he is the second
longest seated feminine chairperson of any Tribe within the State of
California (1962-1988). Throughout
her time as Chairwoman she set up the most important Indian bingo corridor in
Northern California.

devoted her life to the betterment of providers for Indian folks.
Her accomplishments and contributions so quite a few they’d be
not possible to state briefly. Among the many many issues she was the
proudest of serving to to ascertain culturally applicable indigenous
curriculum with the NICE Undertaking; and
serving on the United
Indian Well being Companies, Inc. (UIHS)
of Administrators for 41 years turning into the longest serving board member
(1974-2015) and an outspoken advocate for well being look after California
Indian communities. Psychological well being was her principal concern, and she or he
served on the Humboldt County Psychological Well being Advisory Board. Pleasure additionally
proudly served as a Board Member for the Inter Tribal Council of
California, the California Rural Indian Well being Board, the Nationwide
Congress of American Indians, American Indian Scholarship, Inc., and
the Northwest Indian Cemetery Safety Affiliation (NICPA).

was an
early protector
so when conventional
on the Klamath had been being challenged, she leveraged
her place as a tribal authorities chief and stood
within the hole the place she might to guard the rights of the Yurok folks
till they’d a type of a authorities to guard the
salmon, different pure assets and ceremonial rights. She would take
Yurok folks to the State Capital to rally and defend their rights.
She knew by having their very own authorities would give the folks
providers they had been eligible for like housing and so forth.
the alternatives
got here
to kind a Yurok tribe she was supportive. After seeing a couple of failed
makes an attempt of the Yurok folks organizing she teamed up with Jesse
Quick and Jimmy James and different Yurok activists
used her diplomacy to work with Hoopa tribal leaders to resolve
that arose from the
4 a long time lengthy authorized
battles known as the Jesse
that went all the best way to the Supreme Court docket.
Its influence
prompted a legislative effort
that created the
Hoopa-Yurok Settlement Act signed into legislation by President Reagan in
1988. Pleasure,
Jesse and others
lengthy journeys to testify in Washington, DC in entrance of the Home and
Senate Choose Committees on Indian Affairs in
help of a
tribal authorities for the Yurok folks in
their indigenous lands and
a basis for
the folks to
transfer ahead.
of the Hoopa Tribe over their homelands and three Rancherias
together with her personal.
They traveled all through Yurok nation holding conferences to coach
and seek the advice of the Yurok folks concerning the laws. Whereas
feelings and controversy abound with Yuroks on many sides over the
problems with the laws, ultimately she meant effectively by her actions
and liked the folks. Many households had been harm over these conflicts.
She discovered therapeutic in feeding the folks on the Sumeg brush dances and
seeing the households come collectively to heal family members. A few of her
biggest opponents turned her associates by this course of.

in 1975 by Governor Jerry Brown to the California State Park and
Recreation Fee, Pleasure made the unprecedented movement to
repatriate the human stays from Yurok villages excavated by State
Park sanctioned archaeologists and housed at a State Parks
warehouse in West Sacramento. Her movement was seconded and handed, and
she known as her pal again residence, Walter Lara, Sr. The following day he and
Victor Cutnose confirmed as much as take the bones again residence for reburial in
an undisclosed location. Walt recalled they tried to cease him and
flashed him papers, however he pushed previous them and introduced the ancestors
again residence.

1976, the Northwest Indian Cemetery Safety Affiliation (NICPA)
was based by Walts Uncle Milton Marks, the primary grassroots
Indian group of its type within the nation. Marks reached out to
Professor Dave Fredrickson (Sonoma State College), to staff up with
conscientious archaeology college students to assist NICPA develop an Indian
owned consulting enterprise to conduct area critiques of initiatives and
make appropriate suggestions for web site avoidance and safety. Pleasure,
Walt, and plenty of others had been lively in NICPA, educating folks
(together with archaeologists) concerning the sins of archaeology that robbed
graves within the identify of science. Years later historian Tony Platt would
interview Pleasure, Walt and others about their experiences in his guide

(2011, Heyday Books, Berkeley).

concept for a state park that includes a reconstructed Yurok village was
first proposed in 1928 by Alfred Kroeber. In 1991, the idea
lastly turned a actuality with the opening of Sumeg village at
Patrick’s Level State Park, since renamed Sue-meg State Park. Given
her household ties to the Ner-er-nerh coastal Yurok at Trinidad and Massive
Lagoon, Pleasure was a key member of the Sumeg Advisory Committee
appointed by Superintendent Invoice Beat, who met over two years to
present steerage and assist plan the design, makes use of and operation of
Sumeg for schooling and the cultural enjoyment of all guests. Each
12 months on the final weekend in June, Pleasure and Walt Lara, Sr. and
their households
have organized
annual Brush Dance at Sumeg Village for
over 30 years,
a therapeutic ceremony that introduced collectively contributors from the Yurok,
Hupa, Karuk, Tolowa and Wiyot tribes and the better group
(Indian and never). Yearly Pleasure
mustered a military of potato peelers, cooks, servers and dishwashers,
and recent salmon was cooked Yurok-style on redwood sticks over the
hearth. She raised funds annually to pay the Drugs Lady and to
feed the a whole lot of dancers and observers by holding an annual Tea
by the Sea, at really excessive tea replete with desk linens, fantastic
china cups and saucers (pinky finger prolonged was a should), delectable
tea desserts, little sandwiches and such, and a Silent Public sale with
great gadgets donated by her extensive attain of associates and associates.
Hats and girdles had been necessary apparel, with prizes for the most effective
hats. She was the most effective hostess ever, all of us felt at residence and completely satisfied to
help the Brush Dance at Sumeg.

her later years she traveled the world China along with her sister
Elaine, and Africa, Egypt, the Caribbean, England, Scotland and
Eire, Italy, Lake Titicaca in Peru, Mexicos Copper Canyon by
practice, New Zealand on the invitation of Maoris, and extra along with her
many expensive girlfriends and daughter. Pleasure and the girlfriends would get
collectively for weekly dinners and walks up on Trinidad Head for
moon and solar
rises on Easter and New Years, and an annual Winter Solstice
Celebration. She
had a rule they adopted, Effectively hear about your aches and
pains for 3
minutes, then you need to shut up! They most popular to deal with
having enjoyable. And we
overlook the Moonies, she liked gathering along with her associates and
howling on the full moon! Whereas
a few of the ladies are nonetheless upright, she might be completely satisfied to see her
expensive associates on the Pearly Gates, together with however not restricted to Nancy
Hilfiker, Peggy Stebbins, Maxine Raymond-Lewis, Jenny Hawks and
Olivia Jackson.

introduced her pleasure was having margaritas, going to events for household
associates, seeing her namesake nice granddaughters Kaia Rose and Kalia
Pleasure, going to the Greenback Tree and taking part in slots on the Heights
On line casino, and stunning the on line casino host John Morias with one in every of her

was preceded in dying by her mother and father Lila Natt Crutchfield and Edward
Crutchfield; grandmothers Susie Donnelly Crutchfield and Mary Shaffer
Natt; Grandfathers Robert Natt Sr. and William Crutchfield,
sisters Elaine Clary and Mary Jackie Birchfield; brother
William Crutchfield,
Sr., and
her son Marshall Sundberg.

is survived by her brother Robert Crutchfield, Cousin Jean Walker,
her expensive associates Jackie Hammer, Rachael Joseph, Janet Eidsness,
Shirley Shortridge, Walt Lara and her weekly dinner crew Lesley
Sundberg, Lisa Spellenberg,
Cathy Coffman, Susie Knight, Yoshika Skelton and her niece Tracy Lee
Crutchfield. Her youngsters: Fred Sundberg, Sr., Dan Sundberg, Garth
Sundberg, Mark Sundberg, Sr. and Lisa Sundberg; grandchildren, nice
grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins
and associates too quite a few to say right here by identify however she liked and
cherished every one. Even when she didnt all the time get your
identify proper shed say a minimum of I didnt name you by the canine

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might be a viewing at her daughter Lisas residence on Sunday March 5
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Joys hearth might be going, and a possibility for
family and friends to ship Pleasure the issues she’s going to want within the subsequent
world. Pleasure might be laid to relaxation in a non-public ceremony on the household
graveyard at Yah-ter he-wan on March 6, 2023. She might be adopted by
a procession leaving 1220 Boyd Street in Arcata at 8:30
on Monday March 6, heading west on 299 to 101 North. They may exit
at Trinidad the place she might be led by the Trinidad and Westhaven Fireplace
Departments at 9 a.m.
to make her closing drive by the Trinidad Rancheria and the Metropolis
of Trinidad then they’ll proceed north to be loaded into the
Klamath at Ter-wer. She is going to then be carried by boat to her closing
resting place. Household graveside providers will begin at 11 a.m..

are her first line of grandchildren: Marci Sundberg, Chris Sundberg,
Fred Sundberg, Rachel Sundberg, Adam Sundberg, Megan Sundberg, Nick
Sundberg, Max Sundberg, Ryan Sundberg, Angela Sundberg, Ronald
Sundberg, Sheri Sundberg, Jennifer Sundberg, Randy Sundberg, Renea
Sundberg, Mark Sundberg II, Stacy Sundberg, Terry Brown, Aliesha
Brown, Zack Brown, and Kayla Maulson.

Honorary pallbearers: Bob Crutchfield, Invoice Crutchfield, Ron Birchfield,
Terrance Brown, Kevin Maulson, Danny Chapman, James Brown, Justin
Brown, Michael Cady, Nate Cady, Mike Ruiz, Nick Excessive, Matt Rivas,
Nate Quinn, Jerry Brink, John Provolt, Brandon Sundberg, Jordan
Brown, Jeremiah
Brown, Thomas Brown, Cameron
Cox, Willard Carlson, Will-bear Carlson, Walt Lara, Sr., Walt Lara,
Jr., Ernie Albers Jr., Muss Colegrove, Walter Grey, Gary Risling,
Merv George Jr., John Inexperienced, Ted Hernandez, Virgil
Moorehead, Sr.,
Rodney Vigil, Frank Masten, Matthew Sylvia, Peter Nix, Joe
Giovanetti, Loren Bommelyn, Leo Carpenter, Jr., Joe Lindgren, Danny
Cox, Invoice Briggs, Travis Nabahe, Greg Anderson, Dick Kidder,
Morias and Butch Rindels.

lieu of flowers please make donations to the Trinidad and Westhaven
Volunteer Fireplace Departments in gratitude to those that served her as
her well being failed. (Checks made out to both, or for tax deductable
donations receipts, the Westhaven Volunteers is a 501(C)3
non-profit.). TVFD PO Field 370, Trinidad, CA 95570 or WVFD PO Field 2141
Trinidad, CA 95570 or at

household additionally needs to thank Joys physician Antoinette Martinez and
the staff at UIHS for the years of care, in addition to the employees at St.
Josephs Hospital who graciously hosted the household as we mentioned our

additionally wish to thank Pauls Mortuary in providers they supplied
so we might perform our non-public ceremonies and burial.

household is internet hosting a Celebration of Joys Life on April 15, 2023, at
the Bingo Corridor on the Heights in Trinidad, from midday to three p.m.
questions please contact Lisa Sundberg at 951-833-8888 or by e-mail at


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