Josephine Garcia Gohde "Grandma" 94, of Bozeman passed away Sept. 3, 2015. She was born April 13, 1921 in Eagle Pass, Texas to Julia (Lopez) and George Diaz Garcia. Josephine grew up on a farm in Uvalde, Texas, where she worked alongside her parents and siblings.
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She later married Ray Gohde in 1943; the couple had two children Glenn and Gladys. The couple later divorced.
Josephine wanted to explore new things and settled in Sidney, Montana where she would raise her children and work alongside her family again on a farm. Work was no stranger to her and started working for Sidney Sugars and Sidney Cleaners. During that time she meets many people that she would call friends for a lifetime.
On a vacation with family they stopped in Bozeman, Montana, she instantly fell in love with the mountains and everything the once little town had to offer. She then called Bozeman her home. Josephine worked for Gallatin Laundry and then took a job for MSU as a custodian. She would later retire from MSU to care for her mother.
Josephine always had a beautiful garden, she was well known for sharing her goodies. Grandkids and family would gather around just to taste the sweet zucchini bread, banana bread and pies.
Josephine enjoyed her time camping, fishing, sewing, raising children, dancing, cooking and most of all telling a good story to make everyone laugh.
She was "Grandma" to all and will be greatly missed by so many.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother George and sister Lenora.
Survivors include her son Glenn (Kathy) Gohde of Green Valley, Arizona; Gladys Gohde of Belgrade, Montana; five grandchildren Mike Gohde, Eli (Chrissie) Gohde, Tom (Tricia) Gohde, Scott Gohde, Crystal (Steve) Gohde Andrews; 11 great-grandchildren Braxton, Desiree, Dakota, Jeramiah, Memphis, Emma, Hailey, Brock, Hannah, Brody and Savannah; three great-grandchildren Cj, Emery and Adalynn Faith due in January; brother Jack (Grace) Garcia and sister Dorothy McQuiston: and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be will be Thursday starting at 9 a.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel. The vigil service will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 8, 2015