Memorial services set for Wendy Churitch

We published an obituary Friday for Wendy Churitch, but plans for memorial services had not yet been finalized at that time. We have, however, since received that information, and want to pass it along.

Wendy Churitch, right, and her wife, Kay

A memorial service for Wendy, who died early Thursday morning, Sept. 29, at her home in Irving, will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas.

Friends will also gather Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at The Brick/Joe’s, 2525 Wycliff Ave., to share memories and stories in a celebration of Wendy’s life. If you have photos of Wendy, bring them with your stories.

And Wendy’s wife, Kay Mathews Churitch, has asked that in lieu of flowers, those who want to honor Wendy in some way can make a donation in her name to Operation Kindness, the pet rescue organization based in Carrollton. You can call 972-418-7297 or e-mail donations@operationkindness.org. Operation Kindness is at 3201 Earhart Drive in Carrollton.

—  admin

DEATHS: James ‘Kissey’ Olson, James Edward ‘Beaux’ Geer, Ray ‘Alpha Pup’ Witt

James “Kissey” Olson, 62, died at his home in Dallas on March 30 after recently being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Olson was native of Iron River, Mich. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He went to work for AT&T, living in Phoeniz, Little Rock and finally Dallas, where he retired.

He had lived in the Dallas area for more than 24 years.

His home here was party central and was always open to his many friends who will miss his and his hospitality.

Olson is survived by his mother, Minnie, and sisters, Ruth and Doris, of Iron River; his brother, Ron, of Milwaukee; his ex-wife, Jo, of Yuma, Az.; his two children, Scott and Amy of Phoenix, and six grandchildren; and his beloved Chihuahua, Moose.

Olson was cremated and his ashes were buried at Iron River. A celebration of his life will be held on the patio at The Hidden Door, 5025 Bowser St., on Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m.

 

James Edward “Beaux” Geer, 46, died April 13.

Geer worked as a hairdresser with Salon D for 23 years. He was also an artist who founded “Healing Texas through the Arts” to showcase new artists and make their works available to the public.

Geer was truly loved by friends and family, and he had an innocent sweetness of spirit and extraordinary talent that turned everything he touched into a thing of beauty. His paintings provided a view into his soul. He will be profoundly missed by those who knew him and will keep him forever in their hearts.

Geer is survived by his mother and stepfather, Bill and Millie Ritter of Plano; his father, Thomas Geer, Lafayette, La.; his brother Greg “Blackie” Geer, wife Kayce, daughter Typhane and grandson Thor, all of Austin; his best friend and brother-of-the heart, Dale Hall; and a host of other family and friends. Plans are pending for a celebration of life memorial gathering.

 

Ray “Alpha Pup” Witt, 59, died March 30 from an apparent stroke. Witt, loving boy and partner to Daddy Ron Hertz of Dallas and a member of the Dallas leather community, was a former member of Discipline Corps and NLA-Dallas. He held the first International Puppy title presented in 2001, thus becoming the “Alpha Pup.” His gift for storytelling and his warm heart endeared him to many in the community and his presence will be missed.Witt is survived by his partner of 9 ½ years, Ron Hertz of Dallas; his mother, Duluth Witt of Lexington, Ky.; and his canine friend “Mugsy.” A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

 

—  John Wright

Deaths • 07.16.10

Jody Ray Walden

Jody Ray Walden, 44, of Fort Worth died Sunday, July 11, at his Fort Worth home after a brief illness.

Walden was a Texas native and was self-employed. His friends said he was a multi-talented individual who adored his daughters and lived life to the fullest.

Walden was preceded in death by his parents, Arnie and Doodle Walden, and his brother, Jamie Walden.

He is survived by his daughters, Cristen Walden of Fort Worth and Alyssa Walden of Aledo; andhis  brothers, Brian Walden of Keller and Kevin Walden of Springtown.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in River Oaks. A celebration of life will immediately follow at Brian and Angie Walden’s home in Roanoke. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a memorial account for the benefit of his children set up at Chase Bank.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 16, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas