Leah Sprague-Fodor. Photo courtesy Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians

Gun Lake Tribe mourns loss of former chair Leah Sprague-Fodor at age of 48

Leah Sprague-Fodor, a former chairperson of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, passed away on Sunday. She was 48.

Sprague-Fodor first joined the council of the Michigan-based band, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, in 2012. She served as chair in 2016, succeeding her father, D.K. Sprague, in the post.

"Leah held a special place in the hearts of each and every person who knew her," the tribe said in a statement on Wednesday. "She devoted her life to serving the Gun Lake Tribe with an emphasis on caring for the elders and tribal youth."

Funeral services will take place Friday morning at the Gun Lake Community Church in Wayland. The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday . at the Kubiak-Cook Funeral Services Dorr Chapel in Dorr. Details can be found on the Kubiak-Cook website.