Janel Dawn Herald, 54, passed away Saturday, February 26th, 2022 at Essentia Health in Fargo North Dakota. Janel was born February 13th, 1968 to Donald Belgarde Sr. and Jenette Herald in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. She grew up in Spirit Lake, North Dakota. She attended Wahpeton Indian School, Flandreau Indian School, and graduated Four Winds High school in 1986. Upon completing school, Janel enrolled in the U.S. air force. While in the service she met Darren Wott Sr and delivered her first two children, Darren Jr. and Gabrielle. They lived in various locations around the U.S. Upon retiring with an honorable discharge, she met and married Ken Dale. They had two children together, Kendra and Alan, and settled down in Germany while Ken was stationed there. They then moved to Rapid City, South Dakota where Ken was relocated. She made the decision to move back to Devil’s Lake to be closer to family and welcomed her youngest son, Caden Kakegamic. She then started to miss the essence of a larger city and made her way to Fargo, North Dakota. Janel was a huge fan of watching Korean dramas. She loved to travel and she’s visited Peru, Netherlands, France, England and all 50 states of the US. She enjoyed playing Bingo with her mother Jeanette and playing at the casino. But above all, her family was most important to her. She most enjoyed visiting and spending time with her parents, siblings, and children. She shared a special bond with her baby brother, Gabriel. He affectionately called her nanny. She cared for him like a son and he was a prominent part of her life. She is remembered for her devotion and love for her family, her imagination, and creativity. Janel is survived by her precious and loving family including her children Darren (Vanessa) Wott (Gilbert, AZ), Gabrielle Wott (Fargo, ND), Kendra Dale (Fargo, ND), Alan Dale (Rapid City, SD) and Caden Kakegamic (Manitoba, Canada); Grandchildren Aubrey Moore, Hayley Moreno and Kinsley Wott; Sisters and brothers Denise (Gary) Jacques, Jarrett Smith Sr, Lorinda (Bret) Leben, Cali DeMarce, Tammy Smith, Dondra Wrinkler, Michelle (Chris) Bustos, Sheridan McNeal, Jeremy Belgarde, Angela Belgarde, Heather Belgarde, Linda Adams, Memory Poni-Cappo and Nevasa Poni-Cappo; Special Aunt Rhonda McKay; Special nephew Jarrett Smith Jr; Special niece Victoria Wolters; as well as many dear Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Janel is preceded to her spiritual by her parents Donald Belgarde Sr and Jeanette Herald; Brothers Dennis Poni-Cappo, Gabriel Smith and Donald “Sunny” Belgarde Jr; Grandparents William Herald, Mary Herald Thompson and Mary Jane; Aunt Roxanne Herald; Nephew Nathanial LeBeau and many other loving family members & friends. A prayer service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday March 5, 2022 at the St Michael Catholic Church in St Michael, ND. A memorial reception at the Tekawitha center will immediately follow until 5:00 pm Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, North Dakota.

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  1. So sorry for your great loss. Prayers for you all and I thank her for her service for our Country. May she RIP.

  2. May the Creator comfort you and welcome to the Great Encampment of all the tribes. May you find Solace and restfulness in Peace. Always fly high with your Family, Friends, and Relatives.
    You will very sadly missed but never forgotten.

  3. My Dear Friend, may you Rest In Peace. You were more than just a beautiful woman. You were a super intelligent, head strong warrior, always ready to fight for justice. I will miss you. Prayers for your family who must go on without you.

  4. I am at loss for words. I seriously did not think this would be the end of your story. I thought that you would beat covid. You had a spirit that was determined, and you always spoke up and fought for what was right. It has been a gift to have gotten to know you and have had the time to have them deep conversation we had. You always seemed to make sense of things that I questioned. An you were always rooting me on about my education. The stories you would talk about with traveling and you never thought twice to take the front of the line or move into action when someone or something was not right and needed a voice. I will forever remember you as the warrior that you were. Rest easy my friend and I will pray for your journey. Extended prayers for your children and grandchildren.

  5. Sending our condolences to Janels family. We are so sorry for your loss. Janel was a wonderful caring woman. we are saddened to hear of her passing.

  6. my heart and prayers are with my cousins children and grand-children, I wish I could be there in person to say this to you all…I do love you and pray for strength and healing in your time of need…

  7. My old HS friend. We recently reconnected to share stories but also advocacy needs. You will be missed. Your intelligence changed the world….your smile brightened days. Rest in Power my friend.

  8. I’m at a loss for words. You’ve gone too soon. I hurt everyday thinking of you. I will always cherish the memories and the time we had together. You have given me the most precious gift ever, our son Caden. I will always take care of our tiny bb Janel. Love, thoughts and healing prayers goes out to the family.

  9. Rest In Paradise My sister at arms!! A beautiful soul has passed on but left us with many cherishing memories!!! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family!! She will never be forgotten🙏🏼🌹🙏🏼🌹💗💗-Longie Family

  10. rest in peace your with your family your always a respectful lady always ready to help anyone that needs help but my niece when tunkasina calls us home there is no way around rest in peace in the angels in heaven my prayers are with the family toksa ake tell your mom hi for me

  11. Dear Janel I’m so sorry this happened to you! We were best friends at Four Winds HS & cheerleaders together long ago. You joined the AF after I did & we lost touch. I wish we could’ve known each other more later in life. You are gone too soon

  12. Dear Janel, I am so sorry this happened to you! We were best friends at Four Winds HS & Boys Basketball cheerleaders together. You joined the AF after I did & we lost touch. I wish I could have known you more later in life.You are gone too soon.

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