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Dorothy Goesch

Dorothy Erika Goesch

Friday, February 13th, 1925 - Friday, March 27th, 2020
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Dorothy Erika Fernsten Goesch, 95 years of age, lately of Provo, Utah passed from this life into the next on Friday, March 27, 2020 at her home in Provo, Utah. She died as a result of the infirmities of old age.

Mrs. Goesch was born on 13 February 1925 in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah to Henry Gustav Fernsten and Olive Ann Argyle. She and her family resided in Lake Shore, Utah County until she was about 6 or 7 years of age when the family moved to Calistoga, California. She was a graduate of Oakland High School in California and married Gordon W. Goesch in 1950. Mr. Goesch passed away in January 1991. Mrs. Goesch remained a widow for the rest of her life. She and Gordon raised their family in Oakland until 1958, when they relocated to San Jose for a year and then to Los Gatos, California. The moves to San Jose and Los Gatos were occasioned by Mr. Goesch’s work with International Business Machines Corporation. Dorothy continued to live in their home in Los Gatos until she returned to Utah County in August 1993. There she purchased a home in Provo where she lived until the end of her life. She relocated to Provo with the expectation and hope that her grandchildren would attend Brigham Young and she could be close to them and offer them “safe haven” from the rigors and occasional loneliness of university life. She lived to see her purpose fulfilled.

Prior to her marriage to Gordon, Mrs. Goesch worked for Shell Oil in San Francisco. After her marriage, she devoted the rest of her life to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a full-time homemaker

Mrs. Goesch was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Of particular note was her service in the Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association. She served at the ward and stake levels in that organization as a counselor and president. She attended over 30 Girls’ Camps serving as Camp Director or one of the camp cooks. She was artistically inclined and was a long time member of Ikebana International, a group specializing in artistic Japanese flower and ornamental small plant arranging. She also hand-decorated numerous small furniture items for each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. For several years immediately prior to her death, she was a member of Comitas Cultural Club.

She was the mother of four children, Kimberle Argyle, Stewart Edward, Kristen Ann and Kendall Leigh. Survivors include three of her children Stewart (Mildred Allred) of Woodbridge VA, Kristen (Joseph Schillage) of Los Gatos, CA, and Kendall (Mark Mugleston) of Gilbert, AZ; grandchildren Bradley Andersen, Erika Andersen, Alicia Falls, Chloe Andersen, and Justin Andersen, Seraph Johnston, Gordon Goesch, Bergen Goesch, and Greta Winslow, Tanya Brown, Samuel Schillage, and Michael Schillage, Anne Hillstead, Alison Hillstead, Mark Mugleston, Madeline McEntire, and Michelle Mathews. At the time of her passing she was great grandmother to 27 beautiful great grandchildren.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no funeral or memorial service will be held. There will be a small graveside service with grave dedication held at the Los Gatos Memorial Park in San Jose, California. At present, California graveside interment rules are “10 people, 10 minutes.” Mrs. Goesch’s living children and their spouses will be the attendees. A memorial service will be held after the pandemic is resolved.

Dorothy’s children and grandchildren wish to publicly thank the leaders and members of the Summit Ward for 26 years of love, kindness and support. What a huge debt of gratitude the whole Goesch clan owes to those wonderful Saints.
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Tamera Murray

Posted at 11:34am
Dorothy was a bright spot in our ward and neighborhood for as long as we lived on Devonshire Drive. Even when we built our home on Pebble Lane and shared the same ward building Dorothy would let Taz sneak some fudge from the library! My mom was a year older than Dorothy and I was raised in Walnut Creek with my dad working for Shell Oil. I always felt a bit of home when I was around Dorothy. She reminded me so much of my own mother with her proper ways and such a refreshing reminder of the “right” ways of doing things!! I will always remember her reminding all of us young and older women that nylons MUST be worn to church that bare legs were just not appropriate! Dorothy commanded respect in a way that I’m afraid is lost on newer generations. The young women loved her though!! They could feel her love for them my own daughter included. My daughter Jordan had a special relationship with Dorothy and I couldn’t have been more pleased with such a role model. When I was Laurel advisor I asked Dorothy if I could bring my girls over for her to show us all of her hats! She was so gracious to do that and brought us all up to her bedroom and pulled them all out complete with original hat boxes and told us stories of being a secretary at Shell Oil in San Francisco after the war. She told us how a proper woman dressed in those days and let the girls all pick a hat to try on and take pictures. It was a highlight for them and a day they always remember to this day. Dorothy will be greatly missed but will always be remembered with great admiration in the Murray home. Dorothy loved the fact that I had a daughter Kendel too and would always remind me of that and spoke so fondly of her sweet daughter!!
Much love and condolences to the family.

Tammy, Taz, Kendel, Jordan, Jocelyn, Colton and Gage Murray

Sandra Patton

Posted at 09:54pm
Dorothy would come to the temple every Tuesday. Because I served on Tuesdays, I would always feel blessed to see her there. She only stopped coming last year because of her hearing.

Colton Murray

Posted at 06:23pm
Dorothy was the kindest and sweetest lady. I’ve known her my entire life! She was so happy and nice all the time. Even when I was surely an annoying little kid growing up she would always spend a minute to talk to me and take interest in my life, and of course give me a little piece of her amazing homemade fudge. She was so incredibly Christlike. I just hope her family knows just how many people she impacted with her kindness and love! Much love to all the Goesch family.


Posted at 05:56pm
Dorothy was my favorite part of walking through the halls at Church. Every week she would bring her homemade fudge and there was a lineeeeeee by the library not only to try it but to chat with the happiest lady around. Even though she was 70 years older than me, she was one of my closest friends in the Ward! I looked forward to returning home and visiting once in college to see her standing at the doors welcoming everyone in. I could always count on a hug, a beautiful smile, and the kindest words in the world. I will miss that friendly heart! She makes me want to learn how to make fudge, but more importantly, she makes me want to be the warm, friendly face standing at every door.

Sandra Patton

Posted at 05:51pm
I can't even imagine entering the door of the chapel without Dorothy there to greet us!

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