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Verna M. Goetsch

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Verna M. Goetsch Obituary
Goetsch, Verna M.

Verna M. Goetsch, age 76, of the Town of Lincoln, Adams County (Coloma), died Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Douglas Schalow will officiate. The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. Burial will be Thursday at the Neibull Cemetery in Big Flats. Online condolences may be expressed at

Verna was born July 16, 1940 in Friendship to Vernon and Belva (McGregor) Crothers. Belva died in August of 1940 and Verna was raised by grandparents, Jack and LaVinnie Crothers. She attended Adams area grade schools in both Big Flats and Neibull and graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. She married David Goetsch on January 11, 1960 in Wisconsin Rapids. Three children were born to Dave and Verna, Dennis, Kathleen and Karen.

Verna was active with her children's activities in baseball and bowling. She was a junior league coach at Bowlmor. Verna enjoyed her family vacations and having everyone at her home for get-togethers at Christmas and birthdays. She enjoyed remodeling her house, working outside, going to Branson, MO for trips and country music, sewing and crafts, and hunting and fishing with her family. She moved to the family farm in 1980 and worked in the Grand Marsh area where she operated Patrick's Lake Bar and other establishments.

She is survived by her children, Dennis Goetsch and Kathleen (Mark) Hockerman both of Wisconsin Rapids; her grandchildren, Kelsey Hockerman and Kristen LaCaze and her children, TJ and Aubree. She is further survived by her stepmother, Lorraine (Les) Richard; her sister, Lenore (James) Haferman; and a special friend of the family, Dinah LaCaze.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, Edna and James McGregor and LaVinnie and Albert "Jack" Crothers, and infant daughter, Karen Goetsch.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on July 10, 2017
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