MEMORIALS

At Shepherd of the Valley we have Memorial Services to Celebrate the lives of those who have graduated to eternal glory. We have recently started making videos of the services and posting them on Vimeo.  Click on the services below to watch them any time.  It is easy and free of charge.  Be sure to share the link to this page with those who were unable to attend.

Previously we captured audio only of our celebrations and you can listen to those by clicking on them below. 

 

John Bretz Celebration of Life was held in the Sanctuary on October 1, 2021 at 10:00am.  It is now available to view online right now by clicking on this paragraph or on John’s picture below.

 

Bulletin from John Bretz’s Celebration of Life:

 

REMEMBERING A LIFE WELL-LIVED

May 24, 1940-September 10, 2021

 

Remembering John      VIDEO PRESENTATION

    

GATHERING

 

WORDS OF GRACE

 

GREETING

 

HYMN OF REFLECTION:     I Can Only Imagine

           

PRAYER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

SCRIPTURE READING: THE 23RD PSALM  Congregational Reading UMH #754

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
The Lord makes me to lie down in green pastures:
leads me beside the still waters.

For the sake of the Lord’s name.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,  

    I fear no evil:

for you are with me; 
   your rod and your staff they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies:
   you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me   
all the days of my life:    and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.      

 

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: I’ll Fly Away TFWS# 2282

                                                                                

REMEMBERING John      Family and Friends

                                                                                           

SCRIPTURE LESSONS:

2 Corinthians 5:1-6, 5:11-12 and 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (The Message)

                                                         

A MESSAGE OF HOPE                                                 

 

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER  

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen

 

ENTRUSTING JOHN INTO GOD’S CARE

 

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Amazing Grace UMH #378 (V. 1, 2, 5, 6)

                                                                 

*DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING

 

*BENEDICTION

 

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Shalom to You         UMH #666

 

Internment/Military Honors following the worship service at:

the Coachella Valley Public cemetery 82925 Avenue 52, Coachella, CA 92236.

Following Internment, you are invited to a reception following

 in the church Fellowship Hall.

 

Officiants: Rev. Dr. Lynn Reece

Accompanist: Mr. Jerry Bursch

A/V Production: Mr William Wysong

A/V Assistant: Ms. Melissa Pryor

 

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Memorial donations in honor of John can be made to

Shepherd of the Valley UMC

 

John Bretz, 81, of Indio, California passed away September 10, 2021 in Indio, California. He was born May 24, 1940 in Carlsbad, New Mexico to George Raymond and Josephine Hudson.


John was married to the love of his life Paige Bretz. He earned an associate degree at San Bernardino College in 1970. He went on to earn his Bachelors in Sociology in 1974 at University of Riverside. He was a heavy equipment mechanic in the USAF from 1957-1961. He was also a part of the Strategic Air Command. After many other jobs and volunteer positions, he finished his passion when he started his career as a parole officer. Soon after his retirement from the State of California, he continued working for classic towing for 20+ years. He then went on to starting his own business as a private investigator (Bretz Investigations) going on to add Bretz Bail Bonds. He loved all his jobs. He attended Shepherd of the Valley Church. He was a member of the Fraternal order of Police and an honoring member of the Coachella Valley Latino Peace Officers’ Association.


He is survived by his wife Paige Bretz; daughter Rhonda Zaragoza; daughter Kimberly Bretz; son Scott Bretz; son Sean (Vivian) Roby; daughter Kerrie Ann Diaz (Luis); numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a great grandchild. His brothers George Hudson and Frank (Mary Beth) Hudson.
He was preceded in death by his son Michael Bretz, parents George Raymond and Josephine Hudson, his brother and sister Frances and Jimmy.


In addition, he was very proud of his grandsons Michael John, and Sean (Junior) Roby.


John leaves behind countless friends who he made feel like family, and family who he made feel like friends. He will continue to live on in our heart and memories.

 

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Joe Botelho’s Celebration of Life was held in the Sanctuary on Sunday, September 12, 2021.  Click here or on Joe’s picture to watch the video of the service.

Celebration of Life Bulletin:

GATHERING

WORDS OF GRACE

GREETING

*HYMN OF REFLECTION:  Ave Maria    Andre Bocelli

PRAYER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

SCRIPTURE READING: THE 23RD PSALM  (KJV)     Congregational Reading  led by Tom Clements

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN:     How Great Thou Art   UMH # 77

REMEMBERING JOE           Family

VIDEO PRESENTATION 1

REMEMBERING JOE            Friends

VIDEO PRESENTATION 2                                                                                         

SCRIPTURE LESSONS: John 11:25-26

A MESSAGE OF HOPE           Pastor Lynn                                      

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER    

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen

SPECIAL MUSIC    One Pair of Hands     Carroll Robertson

ENTRUSTING JOE INTO GOD’S CARE

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN:     Amazing Grace   UMH #378 (V. 1,2,5,6)                          

*DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING

*BENEDICTION

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Shalom to You        

MILITARY HONORS

Please remain in place for Military Honors

*Please stand if able

 

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Deborah Jean Suer’s Celebration of Life was held in the Sanctuary on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11:00am.   Click here to watch the video of the service.

The Bulletin for the celebration:

REMEMBERING A LIFE WELL-LIVED

January 6, 1954 – July 15, 2021

*Please stand if able

Remembering Debbie    VIDEO PRESENTATION

GATHERING

WORDS OF GRACE

GREETING

*INSTRUMENTAL HYMN OF REFLECTION: Ave Maria     Jerry Bursch    

PRAYER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

SCRIPTURE READING: THE 23RD PSALM   Deandra Suer

            Responsive Reading    UMH #754

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Hymn of Promise    UMH # 707                                              

REMEMBERING Debbie       Family and Friends                                                                         

SCRIPTURE LESSONS:      John 14:2-3 (CEB)                                  

A MESSAGE OF HOPE      Pastor Scott

PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER   Pastor Scott

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

ENTRUSTING DEBBIE INTO GOD’S CARE

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Amazing Grace   UMH #378 (V. 1,2,5,6)

*DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING

*BENEDICTION

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Shalom to You       

Deborah Jean Suer (aka Debbie) was born in Rockville Center, New York January 6, 1954. She grew up in Seaford, New York (Nassau County, Long Island) to Ruth and Anthony Pilato. The oldest of 4 siblings, Patricia, Richard, and Ronald, Debbie attended Island Trees High School. She later attended Travel School to work as a Travel Agent in New York City and Long Island from 1976 – 1984. She met Marty Suer during those years, and they married in 1990 after driving across county to live in Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, California. She moved to the Coachella Valley Desert region in 1992, and felt lucky to work remotely from her beautiful new home in Bermuda Dunes.

Her work life included Debbie’s Family Child Care, Desert Dream Dogs (hot dog stand inspired by her time in NYC), and training to be a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the State of California. She was a wellknown businesswoman throughout the Coachella Valley

In 2002 after many years of preparing, she and Marty adopted their daughter Destiny through the County of Riverside. Then in 2005 they adopted their daughter Deandra, Destiny’s biological half-sister. Both girls grew up in a loving household surrounded by children and love.

She graduated from the College of the Desert (COD) in 2012 Summa Cum Laude and was the graduating class speaker. While at COD she received numerous awards and honors.

In 2013 she focused on full-time caregiving for her husband Marty who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, and passed away in 2016. Then, from 2016-17 she focused on full-time caregiving for her father who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, all while being a mother of two young daughters. She was a loving caregiver to many.

She was well-loved and her unexpected passing is a tremendous loss to her family and community.

Officiants: Rev. Dr. Lynn Reece and Rev. Scott Andrews

Accompanist: Mr. Jerry Bursch

A/VTechnican: Mr William Wysong

 

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At Shepherd of the Valley we have Memorial Services to Celebrate the lives of those who have graduated to eternal glory. We have recently started recording the audio of our celebrations and you can listen to them here. Be sure to share the link to this page with those who are unable to attend.

Here are some recent recordings of Celebrations of Life at Shepherd of the Valley.

 

Lee Ellis’ Memorial Service Part 1

Lee Ellis’ Memorial Service Part 2

 

 

Kyle McCormack’s Memorial Service Part 1

Kyle McCormack’s Memorial Service Part 2

 

 

Betty Jane Bryant’s Memorial Service Part 1

Betty Jane Bryant’s Memorial Service Part 2

 

 

Larry Wakefield’s Memorial Service Part 1

Larry Wakefield’s Memorial Service Part 2

 

 

Bob West’s Celebration of Life Part 1

Bob West’s Celebration of Life Part 2