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Leslie Goeke

Goeke, Leslie A.

Leslie A. Goeke, April 26, 1931 - June 14, 2013, peacefully entered his eternal home at the age of 82, to reunite with his wife, Anna. He was born in Newton, Wisconsin, son of the late Edwin and Hilda (Stoltenberg) Goeke.

Following service to his country, by serving in the U.S. Army, he worked at the Manitowoc Engineering Company as a machinist for several years and then concentrated solely on farming. He married Anna Buretta on November 19, 1960 and they were blessed with 50 years together. Anna preceded him in death on August 24, 2011. Leslie was a lifelong member of Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church and served as elder on the consistory for many years, and was a member of the Adult Bible Class. Upon their retirement in 1992, Leslie and Ann moved to Manitowoc. They traveled extensively across the United States and to many countries abroad. Leslie volunteered at Pinecrest Historical Village, logging hundreds of hours of service doing clean-up work and painting, including painting the caboose.

Leslie will be fondly remembered by his brother, Arnold (Doris) of Manitowoc; his sister, Eleanor (Wilbur) Westphalen, of Plymouth; his nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. He will also be sadly missed by his pet dog, Ivy. Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann; his brothers, Roland and Wilbur; and his sisters-in-law, Irene Goeke, Idabell Goeke, and Caroline Goeke.

Funeral services for Leslie will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 22, 2013, at the Salem Ebenezer Reformed Church in Newton. Rev. Kyle Sorensen will officiate and burial will follow at St. Johns Cemetery in Town Centerville. Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the hour of services. The Stoltenberg Funeral Chapel, Cleveland, is assisting the family with these funeral arrangements.

The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Coleman and the CVICU nurses at St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay for their genuine care and concern for Leslie and for the compassion shown his family.


Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from June 16 to June 19, 2013
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