Merry Christmas 2022

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Messiah – A Sacred Oratorio, Handel – conducted by Sir Colin Davis

Woodland Park

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Jim Goethals, RIP

James Allan Goethals Obituary

James Allen Goethals
Jim Goethals

James Allen Goethals

August 2, 1936 – January 26, 2022

James Allan Goethals, age 85, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. Jim was born in Moline, Illinois on August 2, 1936, to Otto and Barbara (Blasig) Goethals. The third oldest of eight children, Jim was 11 when his family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, for 2 years before finally settling in Sturgis Michigan. Jim graduated from the University of Notre Dame with both an Accounting degree (1958), and Law degree (1962).

In 1962, he married the love of his life, Sophia Roberts, from Wichita, Kansas. They moved to Chicago where Jim worked as a Tax Attorney and their 3 oldest sons, Michael, Robert and Joseph were born. In 1966, the family moved to Sturgis, Michigan, where Jim worked alongside his father and a few years later became the President of the Sturgis Foundry Corporation. In Sturgis, Jim and Sophia were blessed with 4 more children, Peter, Carrie, Sally and Thomas. Jim and Sophia enjoyed the adventure of raising a large family and sharing their love and faith in God with all. Sadly, Sophia died of cancer in 1981. Jim continued his devotion to his 7 children, ranging in ages from 8-17 years, and was often spotted at the many sporting events his children participated in over the years (football, track, wrestling, soccer, swimming, tennis and golf). Many wonderful memories were made traveling in the family motorhome to Florida to visit family and one of Jim’s favorite vacation spots – Walt Disney World. Summer vacations were spent in Woodland Park, Colorado, and at the Cronley’s cabin in northern Michigan.

Throughout his life, Jim was an avid Notre Dame fan. From painting the family motorhome blue & gold, to having ‘ND’ painted on the bottom of the family swimming pool, the love of Notre Dame was apparent! Many fun times were had at the ND football tailgates with the Goethals’ motorhome and an array of food and drink to feed the crowds of friends and college students. Go Irish!

Jim truly loved to serve others. He devoted his life to the protection of the unborn, serving as President of the St. Joseph County Right to Life for over 40 years. He was a parishioner of Holy Angels Catholic Church, a Third Order Secular Franciscan, Knights of Columbus (4th degree), lifelong member of Rotary (59 years), President of the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, and Board Chair of Sturgis Bank & Trust. Jim moved to Dallas in 2016 to be closer to his children & grandchildren and became active with the Dallas Serra Club, East Dallas Rotary Club, St. Rita’s Men’s Christian Leadership Group, St. Monica Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary and The St. Monica Pro-Life Ministry. He attended daily Mass and enjoyed bringing Communion to the homebound in retirement homes. Jim lived a humble, faith-filled life and his greatest joy was spending time with his 7 children, their spouses and his 21 grandchildren.

Jim is survived by his 7 children: Michael (Frances) Goethals, Robert (Patricia) Goethals, Joseph (Krista) Goethals, Peter (Heather) Goethals, Carrie (John) Frain, Sally (Darren) Smith, Thomas (Liliana) Goethals; his 21 grandchildren: Riley (Martina) and Andrew Goethals; Ryan and Alex Goethals; Jeremy, Corey and Jenna Goethals; Kelsie, Nick, Matt, Sophie and Lou Goethals; Patrick, Sarah and Michael Frain; Molly, Joseph, Aidan, Natalie and Carianne Smith; and Isabela Huerta; his sisters: Sr. Mary Serra Goethals, Kathleen Boyle, Mary Ann Goethals and Cate Goethals; and his 48 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sophia Roberts Goethals; parents, Otto and Barbara Goethals; brothers, Paul Goethals and Jack Goethals; and sister, Sylvia Goethals Keeslar.

Visitation and Rosary will be held from 6-8 pm (Rosary at 7 pm) on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Calvary Hill Funeral Home, 3235 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX 75220. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, February 4, 2022 at St Monica Catholic Church, 9933 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX 75220. (St. Monica FB). The funeral Mass at St. Monica’s will be livestreamed February 4, 2022 at 11 am CST Funeral Mass on YouTube.

In Sturgis, Michigan, the Visitation & Rosary will be held from 6-8 pm (Rosary at 7:30 pm) on Friday, February 11, 2022 at Hackman Family Funeral Home, 807 East Chicago Rd, Sturgis, MI 49091. A Memorial Mass and Interment will be celebrated at 11:30 am on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 402 S. Nottawa, Sturgis, MI 49091. (Holy Angels FB)

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Sturgis Pregnancy Helpline, 1125 N. Nottawa Street, P.O. Box 8006, Sturgis, MI 49091 or

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Goethals family.

Jim and Sophia Goethals
Jim and Sophia Goethals

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Jeanne Nyberg, RIP

Jeanne Nyberg Obituary

Jeanne Nyberg

Jeanne Nyberg

March 19, 1929 – October 12, 2021

Orlando, Florida – Jeanne Marie Nyberg was born in Chicago, IL to Clark and Mary Ann Smith. She grew up in St Louis, MO where she graduated from high school at St Joseph’s Academy. While in college, her father was transferred to Wichita, KS where she pursued her bachelor’s degree in education at Wichita University. She married M J Nyberg in 1952 and they were married for 30 years until M J’s sudden death in 1982.

Jeanne married Bob Roberts in 1997. Bob died in December 2013.

Jeanne is survived by son, Clark (Susan) Nyberg of Lexington, KY, daughter, Teresa (Stewart) of Orlando, FL, daughter, Karen (Mike) of Truckee, CA and daughter, Ann (Chris) Mugglebee of Los Angeles, CA. In addition, she leaves grandchildren, Sean (Ivy) Nyberg, Megan (Adam) Bell, Marcus, Kaleb and Luke Rodarte, Maeve, Jack and Liam Mugglebee, along with great-grandchildren, Michael Nyberg, Nicholas, Evan, Eli, Joseph, Elizabeth and Andrew Bell.

Jeanne’s Rosary, funeral Mass and burial will be in Wichita. Her rosary will be on Tuesday, November 16 at 5:30 PM with a funeral Mass on Wednesday, November 17 at 11:00 AM. Both services will be held at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1321 Stratford in Wichita.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanne’s memory, to Heartspring or Birthright, in Wichita, Kansas. Internment will be at Lakeview Gardens.

Forever Missed

Photos of Jeanne

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (2-page PDF)

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Doug Nett, RIP

Doug Nett Obituary.

Doug Nett

Douglas Alan Nett
August 9, 1959 – February 18, 2021

Douglas Alan Nett, age 61, of Plano, Texas was born on August 9th, 1959 in Beaumont, Texas to surviving parents James L. and Shirley J. Nett of Sour Lake, Texas.

Doug loved his family. His grandson, Jeremy Bagwell, was his favorite person, as he often reminded us.

Doug enjoyed school and took part in extracurricular activities such as 4H and band. His love for 4H grew and before long he had many animals in his care. In band, he played the Saxophone and became well-versed with the guitar, too. He attended Hardin Jefferson High School and graduated from Pine Tree High School. After high school he attended Kilgore Junior College for one year and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1983.

Soon after, Doug moved to Dallas where he’d meet his wife, Kathleen. They eventually got married in 1987 at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas. They began their married life in Carrollton, Texas where they settled into their first home together. In 1995, they brought home their only child, Hailey.

With family being in Southeast Texas, there were many road trips to the hunting lease, the lake, and beach where fish frys and guitars around a campfire took place regularly. He also had a passion for homebrew and was a member of the Red River Brewers and North Texas Homebrewers Association. He entered many competitions with his brewing and earned several first place ribbons, along with a Stein. Additionally, he was a member of The Knights of Columbus Council 7850 through his church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

He is survived by daughter Hailey E. Bagwell (her husband Trevor and their son Jeremy). Doug was cherished by his four nieces and nephews, Courtney Schmitt, Jeff Malone, Daniel Malone, and Sarah Malone.

He was preceded in death by wife Kathleen, grandparents George and Lily Nett and Lee and Odile Thibodeaux.

A visitation will be held Sunday, February 28, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Allen Family Funeral Options.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 pm on Monday, March 1, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75023. There will be a Rosary prior to Mass, starting at 11:30 am. The Mass will be Live Streamed at the link below:

Following Covid protocol, facial masks will be required during all services. No reception will take place after the funeral mass.

If it is your wish, the family suggests memorial donations, in Douglas’s name, to the Glioblastoma Foundation at

Photos of Doug.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (2-page PDF)

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The Chosen


The Chosen | Official Trailer HD


1. It’s Different… In a Good Way

The Chosen is similar to Risen, the excellent faith-based film that followed a Roman military tribune as he encounters the risen Christ. Like that 2016 movie, The Chosen tells stories of radical transformation. But unlike Risen– which used a fictional character as its main character – The Chosen spotlights the real-life men and women who knew Christ. The first four episodes examine Matthew, Peter and Mary Magdalene. We watch their emotions and personalities develop, from one episode to the next.

“We have the time to really make these characters into human beings and spend time with them,” Jenkins told Crosswalk, comparing the character development in The Chosen to that in Downton Abbey or “any other show that people binge-watch.”

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Kathleen Nett, RIP

Kathleen Nett obituary.

Kathleen Nett
Kathleen Nett

Kathleen Patrice Nett
October 7, 1959 – August 5, 2020

Kathleen Patrice Nett, age 60, of Plano, Texas was born on October 7th, 1959 in Grand Junction, Colorado to surviving parents William E. and Terry Malone of Englewood, Colorado.

Kathleen’s greatest treasure was her role as Mimi to 5 year-old grandson, Jeremy Bagwell.

Kathleen excelled at school and met lifelong friends at Richardson High School and Baylor University where she graduated in 1981 with a BSN, RN. She then began her career as a nurse, which started her lifelong calling of helping others.

Soon after, Kathy and Doug would meet at a church dance and eventually get married in 1987 at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas. They began their married life in Carrollton, Texas where they would settle into their first home together and bring Hailey home in 1995. With her brother and sister in the neighboring city of Plano, the Nett’s moved to Plano in 2008 and all 3 siblings lived within 5 minutes of each other. This meant family dinners happened often and saved seats were common for Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Kathleen spent much of her free time volunteering with various support groups. She loved spending time with her many friends; attending regular Bunco games or meeting the ‘Mum Moms’ for dinner long after their kids graduated.

She is survived by loving husband Douglas A. Nett, daughter Hailey E. Bagwell (Trevor), siblings Kevin Malone (Renee), Maureen Malone, and William E. Malone, Jr. Kathleen was cherished by her four nieces and nephews, Courtney Schmitt, Jeff Malone, Daniel Malone, and Sarah Malone.

She was preceded in death by youngest brother Kelly G. Malone and eldest sister Josephine E. Malone.

A visitation and Rosary will be held Sunday, August 16, 2020, 3:00 – 6:00 pm at Allen Family Funeral Options, 2112 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, Texas, 75023.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am (CDT) on Monday, August 17, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75023. The Mass will be Live Streamed at the link below:

Following Covid protocol, facial masks will be required during both services; the viewing / Rosary and Mass. No reception will take place after funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations, in Kathleen’s name, to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

Photos of Kathleen.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (2-page PDF)

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Mike Roberts, RIP

Mike Roberts Obituary, from Arlene Roberts:

Michael Louis Roberts
Mike Roberts

Roberts, Michael Louis
10/18/1956 – 7/30/2020

With heavy hearts, the family of Michael Roberts has said goodbye to an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Mike passed away due to complications of FTD (frontotemporal dementia). Mike was a custom home builder and built numerous beautiful homes across the Colorado front range. He is survived by his wife Arlene, daughters Lindsey and Julia, and granddaughters Cecelia, Calina, and Hadley. Mike’s love of life was abundant and he will forever be missed by those who loved him. His impact on those around him will never be forgotten. We are grateful for everything he brought to our lives. Donations can be made to AFTD (The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration). A celebration of his life will be held, and details will follow.

Photos of and with Mike over the years.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (2-page PDF)

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Gabe Markel, RIP

Gabe Markel obituary.

Gabe Markel
Gabe Markel

Markel, Gabe
July 8, 1994 – June 8, 2020

Gabe Markel was born on July 8, 1994, in Denver, Colorado and died on June 8, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. He is survived by parents, Robert E. and Melissa Markel, his sisters: Carrie Markel and Madison Markel and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Rosary will be Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6pm, Horan & McCoanty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO, Funeral Mass will be held on June 24, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 6673 W. Chatfield Ave., Littleton, CO. Donations, in Gabe’s name, may be made to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado. Please share condolences at

Photos of and with Gabe over the years.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy (2-page PDF)

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Next JJJJ in 2020 – Cancelled

JoJo’s July Jamboree 2020

The next JJJJ preliminarily scheduled for July 2020 has been cancelled due to the conronavirus.

March 26, 2020

Hello Wonderful Cousins!

I pray that you all are healthy and enjoying your family time at home. In light of the uncertainty of the upcoming months, the plans for the 2020 JoJo July Jamboree has been cancelled.

A good idea is to have mini family reunions in the meantime.

I highly suggest making contact with the Aunts and Uncles as they were really looking forward to seeing all of the nieces and nephews.

If you need their phone numbers let me know. My Dad, Uncle Jim Goethals, is doing well. He is staying with Sally right now and well fed!

God Bless,
Carrie Frain

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We are starting to talk about a possible JJJJ in 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort (CMR) – Yelp | TripAdvisor | Google

Possible Date?

Thursday – Sunday, July 23-26, 2020

We need to hear from family members if they are interested in attending, and, if so, how many people age 18 and older might attend, so that we can discuss whether to move forward.

In 2020, Sally and Carrie contacted CMR and negotiated a rate of $229 + $24 resort fee & tax per day. We need to reserve a minimum of 10 rooms, and each family can put down one credit card to reserve rooms for their clan.

Let us know of your interest: contact Sally, Carrie, and Chug at
jojojulyjamboree -at- gmail

In 2015, the contact with CMR had a room block reserved that totaled 80 room nights (Thursday 20, Saturday 30, Sunday 30). (For 2020, we were considering a room block of 15, 25, 25.)

Please note that CMR is under new ownership – Dolce, owned by Wyndham, a timeshare company….

The $24 daily resort fee covers self-parking, unlimited wifi, in-room coffee and tea, tennis on any of CMR’s 17 courts, and access to fitness and workout facilities.

Triple B Ranch is availble both Friday and Saturday nights for a family BBQ.

After we determine if the JJJJ 2020 should go froward, more details will follow, and we will then be looking for volunteers to organize and coordinate activities!

Preliminary planning for

Family Dinners
Evening dinner at Triple B Ranch, Woodland Park
Possibly another evening dinner TBA

Possible Events
Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt
Poolside happy hour Sunday afternoon/Monday afternoon
Poker Night
S’mores and Drinks fireside each evening
Daily Rosary
Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Sunday brunch at the Broadmoor? (some folks did that in 2015)
Butte Opera House matinee and explore Cripple Creek
White water rafting
(CMR Resort has various amenities: tennis, sail boats, kayaking, beach, pool, fitness gym)

See TripAdvisor for other hotels available in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs

See also: Magnuson Hotel Manitou SpringsYelp | TripAdvisor
Daily rates at the Magnuson Hotel Manitou Springs are under $150.

You can send email to:
jojojulyjamboree -at-
Chug Roberts: chugach -at-
Sally Smith: sasmith4246 -at-
Carrie Frain: carrie.g.frain -at-

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