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Gina Nojíwįga (Cloud) Funmaker (1901 - 1943)

Gina Nojíwįga (Thelma) "She Who Hits a Tree" Funmaker formerly Cloud
Born in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1930 (to 1943) in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Died at about age 42 in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Dec 2019
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Thelma was Ho-Chunk.




Thelma was born in 1901.


Once married, she apparently preferred the name "Thelma" over her given name "Gina." The 1940 census gives her middle initial as "B." Her clan name is given as NoGeWinKah, which is for Nojíwįga, "She Who Hits a Tree," a personal name in the Thunderbird Clan. It is from no, an older form of , "tree, wood"; ji, "to strike, hit"; -wį-, a feminine gender infix; and -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. The name refers to the propensity of the Thunderbirds to strike trees with lightning.

Marriages and Children

Her first union was to Howard White (Whitethunder) (b. 1897), and with him she had one daughter:

Virginia White, b. 1920

The censuses from 1920 to 1925 show that she lived with her parents, and only in 1926 did she move in with Howard and Virginia. She left them in 1929 to marry Harry Funmaker. In her marriage to Harry Funmaker, she had at least the following children:

Harriet Jean, b. Nov. 8, 1930
Delores V., b. Nov. 21, 1935 (1937 census)
Kenneth Elroy, b. 1934
Mary A., b. 1938 (1940 census)

For unknown reasons, Ken Funmaker does not appear in the 1937 Indian census.


She passed away in 1943 and was buried at Decorah Prairie Cemetery, Galesville, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA. (Find a Grave)


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