PATRICIA ANN BAHN GOEHE
1934 - 2020
BORN
1934
DIED
2020
PATRICIA ANN BAHN GOEHE

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Patricia Ann Bahn Goehe a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, teacher, mentor, and friend to many. Pat was born in Staunton Illinois on February 17, 1934 and left us to start her latest journey on October 15, 2020.
First and foremost a teacher, Pat joined the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Department of Speech Communication in 1969, retiring as an Associate Emeritus Professor in 1994. With a background in speech, theater and English, including both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from SIU Carbondale, Pat received numerous awards over her long career, including her most treasured accolade, the Great Teacher Award in 1993 from SIUE where she sponsored the Very Special Arts Festival offering individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience the arts in a hands-on way through interactive performances, art projects, and more. Some of Pat's favorite memories included performing the role of Grace in Amazing Grace and directing The King and I, and starring opposite of Johnny Haymer of M.A.S.H. fame in the play Tribute in St. Louis. Pat's favorite musical was Les Miserables and she had been looking forward to seeing her heartthrob Hugh Jackman in The Music Man, before Broadway went dark due to everyone's curse of 2020, COVID-19.
Pat dedicated her life to making a difference and breaking barriers, and retired to her beloved Santa Fe, New Mexico to focus on her writing, publishing two children's books. She was an avid patron of the arts, especially the New Mexico School for the Arts, where she attended every possible performance. Pat also loved dogs, and had a lifelong connection to St. Clare of Assisi, but her greatest gifts were her children Linda, Chris, and Gretchen and grandchildren, Max, Vincent, Annemarie and Loralai, whom she always encouraged to be the person they wanted to be and to follow their dreams no matter what anyone said.
Donations in Pat's memory can be made to the New Mexico School for the Arts at nmschoolforthearts.org/giving or by contacting Aline Harris-Ellis at 505-216-7888 x409.


Published by Santa Fe New Mexican from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, 2020.
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What fun we four mothers had planning creative summer experiences for our children -there were seven of you. Pat always came up with very creative experiences for our children- like the blow-up whale. We ended each summer with a Mother's retreat, leaving our children with their dads as we four moms headed for a 2-day retreat where we laughed and visited all night and shopped all day. Fun time! Gretchen and Chris, do you ever think of those days? I certainly think of you. I know you will miss your Mom and her creativity! I do! God blessings.
Ruth Ann Brinkmann
Friend
February 17, 2021
I sincerely hope someone in Pat’s family gets to read this as a reminder of how many lives Pat touched. Pat and I became friends through what most would call odd circumstances. It started when Pat gave a less than favorable survey during an auto claim. Fate would have me calling her to find out what could have been done differently. Pat and I had what I can only describe as an instant connection as we talked not about the auto claim mostly but communication in general along with various hurdles in life. I was going through a really tough time in my career and Pat was an enormous comfort to turn to for support and guidance when I needed someone most. We ended up exchanging personal emails and chatting here and there about various things. Pat was so bright and talked so, so fondly of her children and family. Her sense of adventure and determination to live life on her own terms were so influential for me. Pat even mailed two signed books for my nieces that have been read over and over. It was with great sadness that I came upon her passing. I wish for comfort during this difficult time for her family and to again remind them how many people were fortunate enough to experience her spark.
Ashli Warren
Friend
January 1, 2021
I sincerely hope someone in Pat’s family gets to read this as a reminder of how many lives Pat touched. Pat and I became friends through what most would call odd circumstances. It started when Pat gave a less than favorable survey during an auto claim. Fate would have me calling her to find out what could have been done differently. Pat and I had what I can only describe as an instant connection as we talked not about the auto claim mostly but communication in general along with various hurdles in life. I was going through a really tough time in my career and Pat was an enormous comfort to turn to for support and guidance when I needed someone most. We ended up exchanging personal emails and chatting here and there about various things. Pat was so bright and talked so, so fondly of her children and family. Her sense of adventure and determination to live life on her own terms were so influential for me. Pat even mailed two signed books for my nieces that have been read over and over. It was with great sadness that I came upon her passing. I wish for comfort during this difficult time for her family and to again remind them how many people were fortunate enough to experience her spark.
Ashli Warren
Friend
January 1, 2021
I grew up with Pat from first grade through high school. She charmed our small town at special events and meetings with her readings and acting ability. Later we began to reconnect with emails, some small gifts and a lot of memories from our home town. I knew all of her siblings and sadly to say, have never met her children. Pat visited us here in Florida a few years ago and she always remembered our birthdays with a clever unusual birthday card. She will be missed in my life and so many others. RIP dear Pat.
Shirley Rauzi Guignard

Shirley M. Guignard
Friend
November 6, 2020
As a faculty colleague at Santa Fe Community College, I always appreciated Pat's devotion to our students and her thoughtful engagement and contributions to our faculty development retreats. I miss her, and I offer my heartfelt sympathy to her family.
Shuli Lamden
Coworker
October 30, 2020
Pat was a kind and talented woman. She was part of my life as a child and I thrived from her creativity and enthusiasm. Sending my love to Gretchen, Chris and family.
Katy Krchniak Katzenberger
Friend
October 27, 2020
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