NEW BERN | Shirley E. Goodman, age 92, passed away on June 2 at CarolinaEast Medical Center, New Bern, NC. Born in Fisherville, Ontario, Canada on July 27, 1921 she was the daughter of American parents Chester M. Eisaman and Helen Shivey Eisaman. She graduated from Meadville High School, heading her class in commercial studies. Upon graduation, she worked for Talon, Inc. until the start of World War II, when she went to Frazer Brace, a defense contractor.
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Shirley married her high school boyfriend on August 15, 1942. They would've celebrated her 72nd wedding anniversary this upcoming August. During World War II she worked as secretary to the alumni director at Allegheny college while Harry was overseas in the U.S. Army. Upon his return, they stayed in Meadville for him to finish at Allegheny and then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for graduate school in 1948. They moved to Cleveland where their child were born. In 1961, they moved to Erie, PA and she worked as a secretary for the director of the New Bern Historical Society.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester M. and Helen S. Eisaman and a brother, Chester M. Eisaman Jr. She is survived by her husband, Harry K. Goodman; a son, Edward (Ted) C. Goodman; and a daughter, Helen J. Goodman and her fiancé Bill Reight.
Shirley was an avid reader, embroiderer, and a wonderful correspondent with family and friends. Always enthusiastic, caring, supportive and generous, she will be deeply missed by the family and friends who knew and loved her.
Visitation with family in New Bern will take place at Cotten Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the New Bern Historical Society Battlefield Fund, at 511 Broad St, New Bern, NC 28560 or the
at 3219 Landmark St, Greenville, NC 27834.
Online condolences may be made to the Goodman family by visiting www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in Sun Journal on June 3, 2014