Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 26, 2014

Florence (Ambler) Goethals

FRANKFORT — Florence (Ambler) Goethals, 99, of Frankfort, died Feb. 24, 2014, at the Maples.

She was born and raised in Manitowoc, Wis., where she worked for more than 25 years at the Mirro Aluminum Goods.

The highlight of her childhood was traveling to Halifax, England, on the Queen Mary with her mother and sister at age 14 to find work, which was so scarce in Manitowoc. They lived and worked there for over a year before returning to Manitowoc to her father and brother.

She resided at The Maples for the last seven years and enjoyed and appreciated all the staff and residents very much. Previous to that she resided in the Diamond House Apartments in Thompsonville, where she was one of the very first “senior” residents of the “new” development when it was built in the 1980s. Prior to that she lived on Crapo Street in Elberta. She enjoyed her morning coffee for many years with her dear friend, Mabel Little, in Elberta.

Florence very much enjoyed being a mother and a homemaker. After her children were in school she worked at the Elberta Packing (Canning Factory) Co. in Elberta and later at Pet Milk, Inc. in Frankfort.

She was a member of the Elberta Methodist Church for many, many years until moving to Thompsonville to be closer to her daughter. At that point she became a member of The First Congregational Church of Thompsonville, where she was the “oldest” living member for many years.

Florence always enjoyed a good beer and burger and a good laugh! She enjoyed watching ice skating and baseball games on television. She thoroughly enjoyed doing embroidery work before her eyes started to fail her.

She is survived by her children, Harold (Ann) Goethals, of Reedsville, Wis., Sue (Craig) Meredith, of Thompsonville, and Fred (Mary) Goethals, of Frankfort; grandchildren, Lindy (Kenny) Donald, of Florence, Miss., Chris (Jill) Meredith, of Lake Ann, Joe (Rachael) Goethals, of Manitowoc, Wis., And Jeff Goethals, of Manitowoc, Wis.; also great-grandchildren, Hunter Craig Donald, Ashley Goethals, Khali Goethals and Sami Myers.

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