Dolores M. Goetschius(1933-2012)

WELLSVILLE - Dolores M. Goetschius, 79, of 3471 North Drive, Riverview Heights, died Thursday (Oct. 11, 2012) surrounded by her family and friends.
She was delivered by her grandmother on April 12, 1933, at the home of her grandma and grandpa Graves in Graves Town. She was a daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Graves) Joyce. On July 3, 1954, in Wellsville, she married William K. Goetschius, who survives.
Dolores had many fond memories of her childhood. When she was five years old, her dad walked her every day to the county school on top of Meservey Hill. Her teacher was Florence Harder Carpenter. She attended for two years before attending the Fords Brook School and, later, the Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville.
She was a 1951 graduate of Wellsville High School, where she met her husband in the ninth grade. He sat behind her and tied the large bow of her pink dress to her chair! She ended up marrying him four years later. She also recalls that her dad gave her a cow that she named Maudine, which she dearly loved. She was employed as a licensed teacher's assistant at Wellsville Elementary School, and she loved each and every child in her classroom. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She had a beautiful life and was loved by her family and many friends.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons, William F. Goetschius of Wellsville and Brian (Dawnell) Goetschius of Texas City, Texas; a daughter, Deborah A. Goetschius of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren, Joseph Calvin, Jared Lee, Julia Teresa, Gabriel Jan, Gregory Brian, Mary Grace, Madeline Rose, Ryan (Missy) William and Brody Paul Goetschius; a great-grandson, Tyler Fitzgerald; two sisters, Anita (Clifford) Cornell of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mary Frances (Gordon) Burdick of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews; and her former daughter-in-law, Julie (Joe) Tripodi, who along with the staff at Manor Hills was a great help to the family over the last two years.
She was predeceased by a niece, Teresa M. Burdick.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday (Oct. 14, 2012) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. The Rev. Thomas Roman will be celebrant. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Published in The Olean Times Herald on Oct. 12, 2012