Dennis James Poni Cappo Jr., ‘Wambdi Sapa’ (Black Eagle) of Warwick, ND, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, at his home in the loving care of his family.
Dennis James Poni Cappo Jr., ‘Wambdi Sapa’ (Black Eagle) of Warwick, ND, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, at his home in the loving care of his family. He was 49 years old. The Wake for Dennis will be held on Friday, June 21 at the Tekakwitha Center, St. Michael beginning at 5 p.m. with a time of prayer and remembrance at 7 p.m. There will be final review until 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21. The procession to St. Michael will leave on Friday at 4 p.m. from the City Plaza in Devils Lake. Funeral Services for Dennis will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at the Warwick Lutheran Church with Pastor Jeff Kapelle officiating. Burial will be in the Warwick Cemetery following services. Dennis James was born on Nov. 14, 1969, at Devils Lake, ND, the son of Dennis J. Poni Cappo, Sr. and Jeanette M. Herald. He grew up in the St. Michael, ND area, attending school at Sweetwater Elementary and Central Middle School in Devils Lake, and graduated from Four Winds High School in Fort Totten. For 20 years, he worked in shipping and receiving at the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort. Dennis also worked in the kitchen at The Ranch Steakhouse and later Darrell’s Bar in Warwick until being diagnosed with Stage 4 colon, liver and lung cancer in Jan. of 2019. Dennis was famous and well-known under the many names of the successful concession stands he and Michelle, with family, operated at many events throughout the state and part of Minnesota. People were always on the lookout for the blue truck serving the many delicious creations from Dennis and Michelle. Dennis worked hard to support his family but he took time to have fun with family and friends, too. He loved fishing, camping, cook-outs, bon fires and Ranger (ATV) rides around the country. Spending time with family and friends, who were closest to him, were the best of times. Dennis was a die-hard Vikings football fan and attended several Def Leppard Concerts. ‘Livin On Love’ by Alan Jackson was his theme song. Dennis married the love of his life, his soul mate, Michelle Christofferson, on July 15, 2000, at the Warwick Lutheran Church and they have made Warwick their home through the years. He was so thankful for the love and support of Michelle and his extended family and many dear friends. Dennis is survived by his loving family. His wife of 18 years, Michelle Christofferson; mother, Jeanette Herald; stepmother, Sharon Martin; mother-in-law, Donna Christofferson; daughters, Latasha Berg and Latisha Longie; and grandchildren, Scarlett and Veronica; children, Chris Christofferson, Crystal Christofferson; grandchildren, Kiah, Jordan and Kion; and step-daughter, Allyssa (Nate) Flom; and step-granddaughter, Gracie; siblings, Janel Herald, Denise Poni Cappo, Jarrett (Jamie) Smith, Lorinda (Brett) DeMarce, Cali DeMarce, Nevesa (Dominic) Little Owl, Memory Poni Cappo, Crystal Poni Cappo, Christopher Poni Cappo, Cecelia Poni Cappo, Dorette Poni Cappo; sister-in-law, Monica Christofferson; very special and dear aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who were so very special to him. He was preceded in death by; his dad, Dennis; brothers, Gabriel Edward Smith Jr., Wambdi Shaw (Red Eagle) and Christopher DeMarce; grandparents, William Herald, James Kakenowash and Rose Poni Cappo; nephew, Forrest Evan Weber; cousin, Dennis ‘Puff’ Wilkie; father-in-law, Milo Christofferson; daughter-in-law, Amber Langstaff. Casket Bearers will be: James Thompson Jr., Stacey Thumb, Kyle Mead, Barry Geske, Eric DuBois, Dennis Graywater, Joel Redfox and Matt Georgeson. Honorary Bearers are: Darcie and Cory Delorme and family, Rich and Cheryl Martinson and family, Larry, Laverne and Tyson Sullivan, Lola Waanaton, Sharon Georgeson and family, Gabe Shaw, Jason ‘Ace’ Hoffman, Bob Brotten, Jeni Gardner, Jan ‘Ma’ Dares, Pete Weaver, Becky Richter, Ginny Creech, Leland Fossness, Julie Blessum, Pickle and Sharon Walter and family, Craig and Kitty Estenson and family, Kyle Mead and family, Gary Thumb Sr. and family, Duke and Doene Risgaard and family, Arlene Ehlers and family, Carol and Ken Walford and family, Beth Newman, Betty Bye, Dana Fitcher, Valarie Schwab, Bev Engen, Doug Messner, Norris and Char Messner and family, Sam Cloud, Tim DeMarce, Shane Eback, Bill and Beth Varty and family, John and Marva Tollefson and family, Skip and Darlys Longie and family, the Blueshield family, the Littleghost family, the Redfox family, the Greatwalker family, Sandy Barber, Bonnie and Harold Holtz and family, Ray and Barb Walker and family, Dori and Darrell Walter and family, Liz McGarvey, Marilyn LaMotte, Kristie Syverson, Priscilla Malo and family Joyce Bruce and family, Julia Kakenowash and family, Judy and Dr. Vernon Azure and family, Louis Martell and family, Mike and Ruby Lenoir and family, Art Desjarlais and family, Theresa and John Swain and family, co-workers at the Casino, co-workers at the Warwick Bar, Grand Forks Days Inn staff, the Tribal Program who helped us with lodging and travel issues. A special thanks to Altru Hospice and Andrea, Staff at Grand Forks Altru Hospital, Dr. Panico, the Grand Forks Cancer Center, Dennis’s Mom, Jeanette, his mother-in-law, Donna, all of Dennis’s family, all the Christofferson family. Dennis is in the care of the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake.