Mrs. Josie Falterman, 93, of Harrison, AR previously, of Houma, LA, died Friday, January
20, 2017 at her daughter's home in Harrison. A Visitation and Funeral Mass will be
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in the Annunziata Church in Houma, LA. Family viewing will
be from 12:30 to 1:00; public viewing, 1:00 to 2:00 and the Funeral Mass at 2:00 P.M.
Father Mike Tran will be celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Francis De Sales
Josephine Bertha Falterman was born, Friday, August 17, 1923 in Houma, LA to Nicholas
and Helen (Voison) Gaston. Josie was a lifelong resident of Houma and graduated from
the St. Francis De Sales High School. After graduation, she attended Hotel Dieu School
of Nursing in New Orleans, LA and graduated with her Bachelors in Nursing. She went to
work as a Registered Nurse with Ellender Hospital and later for the Terrebonne General
Medical Center working in the E.R., Surgical and later in local nursing homes. While
working in the hospital, she met Don Falterman and they were married on February 4,
1947 in Houma. In 1956 the family moved to the suburbs of Houma--Bayou Blue. She
retired from nursing in the early 1980's. Josie and Don moved to Ridgedale, MO to be
near their youngest daughter, Donna in 2009 and then moved to Harrison, AR to be
near her oldest daughter, Darlene in 2012. Her husband, Don died in November of 2012.
Josie always enjoyed helping others, caring, loving, mentoring and nursing them. She
had what is known as a Servant's Heart. She had a strong faith and taught her family
about the love of God and financial responsibility. In her younger days she sang in the
St. Francis De Sale Church Choir and was a member of the Firehouse Squares, a square
dancing club. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cross stitching, sing and cooking. She was
particularly talented in the preparation of Gumbo and chicken stew. She was a member
of the Annunziata Catholic Church of Houma, LA.
She is survived by her son, Darrell Falterman and wife, Debra of St. Augustine, FL; two
daughters, Darlene Coffman and husband, Donald of Harrison, AR, Donna McManus and
husband, Patrick of Ridgedale, MO; one sister, Marie Gaston of Harrison, AR; five
grandchildren, Catherine Goodrich, Mary Ellis, Chad and Brian Coffman and Allison
Boudreaux; nine great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Benjamin, Tiffany, Jennifer, Katelyn,
Hunter, Parker, Shelby and Brian Michael; one great-great-grandson, Adam Coffman.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Darnell "Don" Falterman; one brother,
Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home
15945 U.S. Hwy 160
Forsyth, MO. 65653
"There is a Difference"
Mrs. Josie Falterman
August 17, 1923 - January 20, 2017