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Eileen O. Behana

October 2, 1931 ~ September 7, 2019 (age 87)


Eileen Oelrich Behana, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born on October 2 and baptized on November 1, 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska. 

She was preceded in death by her parents William F. and Anna Gehrke Oelrich; brothers Martin and Wilfred Oelrich; sister Madeleine Holmes; and nephew Paul Oelrich.
Following graduation from the University of Nebraska in 1953, she worked in Dallas, Texas and San Francisco, California before becoming a Civil Service employee.  Her federal career included jobs in Washington DC, San Diego, California, Cherry Point, North Carolina and Honolulu, Hawaii.  After 30 years’ service, she retired as military historian on the staff of the Commander in Chief Pacific at Camp Smith in Hawaii.  In 1990 she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she enjoyed volunteer work at Immanuel Lutheran Church and temporary employment at the University of New Mexico. 

Eileen is survived by 2 nieces and 3 nephews; 2 grand nieces and 5 grand nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be given in Eileen's honor to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 Gold Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. To view information or leave a condolence please visit  

Daniels Family Funeral Services
7601 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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Immanuel Lutheran Church
300 Gold Avenue SE, Albuquerque NM 87102

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