Joann A. Gogal, 59, of Bozeman, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010.
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She was born Nov. 14, 1950, in Rochester, N.Y., to Grandville Leroy "Roy" and Pauline Pearl (Wasylishyn) Ackley. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1968.
Following high school she married Thomas Gogal, and the couple made their home in Bozeman, where she raised her two girls, Joleen and Jamie.
She worked at Country Lanes in Bozeman for 30 years as the manager until it closed in 2006.
Joann loved all animals, she enjoyed relaxing with the sun on her face, but mostly she will be remembered as a strong, selfless woman, passionate about her family and finding joy in living her life for others.
She was preceded in death by her father, Roy.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas of Bozeman; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joleen and Chris Dann of Covnington, Wash., and Dr. Jamie and Kevin Straub of Raymore, Mo.; granddaughters, Madison, Makayla, Kendall and Taylor; her mother, Pauline Ackley of Bozeman; brothers, Gordon (Sharlene) Ackley of Holden Beach, N.C., Roger Ackley of Rochester, N.Y., and Kenyon (Kimra) Ackley of San Diego, Calif.
A celebration of Joann's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Evangelical Free Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719.
Condolences and memories may be made to www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 3, 2010