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Goohs, Evelyn Lydia SAN DIEGO -- It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of Evelyn L. Goohs. Born in Lorain, Ohio, on her brother's tenth birthday, Evelyn had a life full of highlights and challenges. When she was eight days old, her family survived one of the worst tornadoes ever to hit the Lorain-Sandusky area in northern Ohio. The second of four children of Grover Cleveland Smith and Emilie (Kurecka) Smith, she grew up during the Great Depression. Married in 1943 to a young Navy officer, Christian Goohs, the couple were posted to San Diego, California, where Chris was assigned to the German POW camp since he spoke fluent German. When their first child was born in San Diego, their pediatrician was Dr. Benjamin Spock who later became famous for his book Baby and Child Care. Evelyn was a talented person. She played percussion in high school band and once joined a jazz band (until her mother found out). She was in drama in high school, but singing was her passion and she sang in school and church choirs all of her life - most recently at San Raphael Church in Rancho Bernardo. She loved to paint, especially watercolors. Unfortunately, all of her art work perished along with her house in the Witch Creek Fire in 2007. Fiercely independent, she lived alone in her rebuilt house in Rancho Bernardo until declining health and an accidental fall took her life. She will be fondly remembered by her family and all those who knew her. She is survived by her four daughters, Patricia J. Petersen, Janet M. Cherif, Karen S. Maccree, and Christine A. Donaldson, and her four sons, David M. Goohs, James R. Goohs, Robert J. Goohs, and Charles A. Goohs. Also surviving are two sisters, Maxine Dittmer and Jeanne Riegel, both of Lorain, Ohio, thirteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial will be in Ohio.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 24, 2013
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