Obituaries

In response to requests from our readers, the Navajo Times will post obituaries as they are published in the print edition of the Navajo Times.

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Aug. 21, 2014


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Colleen Garcia

WINDOW ROCK -- Funeral services for Colleen Garcia, 32, of Fort Defiance, will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Window Rock, with Pastor William Kempkes officiating. Burial will follow at the family plot in Deer Springs, Ariz.

Colleen was born April 21, 1982, in Fort Defiance, into the Dibélzhini (Black Sheep Clan), born for Hashtl'ishnii (Mud Clan). She died Aug. 8, 2014, in Omaha, Neb.

Colleen is survived by her husband, Neil Brawner; son, Neil Isaiah Brawner Jr.; daughters, Leticia M. Garcia and Marissa M. Soqui; and parents, Emma and Brent Sazue, and Alvin Becenti.

Colleen is preceded in death by Mary B. Wauneka.

Pallbearers will be Woodrow Wauneka, Frank A. Alvarez, Leonard K. James, Jeremiah Scott, and Eric A. Bryant.

A reception will take place at the Christian Reformed Church following services.

Juan T. Begay

PINON, Ariz. -- Graveside services for Juan T. Begay, 95, of Pinon, Ariz., will be held today, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. at the family plot in Pinon.

Juan was born Dec. 1, 1922, in Blue Gap, Ariz., into the Ma'ii deshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan), born for Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House Clan). He died Aug. 16, 2014, in Show Low, Ariz.

Juan was a medicine man who did carpentry work and was employed with the railroad. He helped many people across the reservation with his Misfortune Way singing ceremony, tending to his cornfields and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Juan is survived by his sons, Johnny Begay, Juan T. Begay Jr. and Larry Begay; daughters, Loretta Charley, Cindy Lincoln, Sara Joe, and Lena Tsosie; brother, Dan Joe Kay; sister, Mae Tso; and 26 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Juan is preceded in death by his wife, Mary K. Begay; son, Leonard Begay; brothers, John Chee, Kee Yazzie and Herbert Scott; sisters, Annie Chee and Tsihi; and great-grandson, Isiah Begay.

Pallbearers will be Jonath Begay, Damian Lincoln, Johnny Begay Jr., Tyler Charley, Kevin Charley, and Donnie Tsosie.

A reception will take place at the Begay residence following service.

Silver Creek Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


Gregory E. Joe

PINE SPRINGS, Ariz. -- Graveside services for Gregory E. Joe, 32, of Pine Springs, Ariz., were held Aug. 15 in Pine Springs. A reception followed in Pine Springs.

Gregory was born Sept. 8, 1981, in Gallup, into the Naakai dine'é (Mexican Clan), born for Dibélzhini (Black Sheep Clan). He died Aug. 11, 2014, in Querino Canyon, Ariz.

Gregory attended high school and vocational school. He enjoyed playing sports, the outdoors, camping, fishing and playing with children.

Gregory is survived by his son, Geayrn Joe; daughter, Gailyn Joe; father, Wilson L. Joe; brothers, Reuben L. Joe and Kendall A. Joe; sister, Nakarri J. Joe; paternal grandparents, Frank and Elizabeth Secatero; and maternal grandmother, Nora Frank.

Gregory is preceded in death by Rose C. Joe.

Pallbearers were Dewayne Joe, Kendall Joe, Reuben Joe, and Will Gutierrez.

Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Peter John Cleveland

The information received from Rollie Mortuary in regards to Peter John Cleveland's obituary announcement published in last week's issue was incorrect.

The correct information is as follows: Peter is survived by his mother, Alice Holland.

Peter is preceded in death by his father, Paul Cleveland; brother, Herbert Cleveland; and stepfather, David Morgan.