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Margery "Midge" Goossen

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. -- Margery “Midge” Goossen, 87, daughter of the late Addison R. and Florence Dean Hopkins, died Dec. 29, 2004 at Gallagher’s Adult Home in Mahopac, where she had been a resident since 2000.

Mrs. Goossen was born April 23, 1917 in Brewster. Prior to her health-related move to Mahopac, she had been a resident of Brewster all her life. She graduated from Brewster High School in 1934 and received an R.N. from Columbia-Presbyterian School of Nursing in 1938. On May 10, 1941, she married Behrend “Ben” Goossen at the home of her parents in Brewster.

Prior to our involvement in World War II, Midge worked as a nurse, including being the school nurse at Brewster High School. She left that position to be near her husband as he was posted in a variety of military posts around the country. During much of her adult life, Midge was a stay-at-home mother. Once her children were grown, she worked as a Welcome Wagon hostess in the Brewster area and in sales at American Family Crafts in Danbury, Conn.

She was an active part of the Brewster community for many years, having served as a volunteer with the Putnam Hospital Auxiliary, predominantly through work at the Eagle Eye Thrift Shop. She also served as a volunteer with the Landmarks Association and the Southeast Museum. She was an active member of the Brewster Garden Club for many years.

Although her husband predeceased her in 2002, she is survived by her daughter, Chloe Morris of Reston, Vt.; sons, Dean Goossen of Evanston, Ill. and Reed Goossen of Bennington, Vt.; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Janet H. Barnes of Baldwinsville.

Following cremation of the remains, a memorial service will be held in Brewster. The service will be held at the Walter Brewster House, Oak Street, Brewster at 2 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2005. Arrangements are being handled by Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster.

Contributions in her memory may be made to: Friends of the Senior Citizens of Putnam County (FSCPC) Adult Day Services, Putnam County Office of Aging, Carmel, NY 10512.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 5, 2005
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