ELLEN E. GOERTZEN

Ellen



   Ellen Goertzen,  (Mrs. Virgil) age 76, of Faribault, died Thursday,
September 6, 2007 at her home.
   Memorial services will be at the Congregational Church of Faribault,
UCC, on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Nancy C.
L. Peebles officiating.
   A memorial visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on
Monday, September 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church for one hour prior
to the service on Tuesday.
   Ellen, the daughter of William and Esther (Johnson) Jahnke, was born on
January 30, 1931 in Hutchinson.  She graduated from Hutchinson High School
and from Mankato State Teachers College.  She taught in North Mankato and
Mankato State College and was a Home Economics Teacher at the Faribault
Junior High School for 26 years. On July 18, 1953 she married Virgil
Goertzen, and he preceded her in death on November 22, 1960.  She was active
in her church, Faribault Area Community Theater, PEO and numerous
educational and social organizations.  She was an avid sports fan and
enjoyed being an involved parent in her childrensą lives.
   She is survived by two children, Debra (and Paul) MacDonald of
Louisville, KY and James (and Grace) Goertzen of Phoenix, AZ a brother
Wendell (and Lois) Jahnke of Mankato; nieces; nephews; and other relatives
and friends.
   She was also preceded in death by her parents.
   Memorial gifts may be directed to the Congregational Church of
Faribault, UCC, Faribault Area Community Theater or MSU, Mankato Theater
Department.
 
 


Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below


Name:
Annette (Pofahl) Emory
Email:
jaceemory@usfamily.net
Date:
Wednesday September 12, 2007

Memories

To Mrs. Goertzen's family: I have many great memories of your mother. She was certainly my favorite teacher when I was a ninth grader in 1968-69. I always enjoyed my Home Ec class with her, especially the sewing unit, and my sewing skills today were the ones I learned from your mother, my mother knew how to sew, but never had the patience to pass that talent along to me. So, thank you for sharing part of your mom with me. This has been a sad time for my family also as my sister, Alta, is at this same time on the Boldt Memory Pages. You have my sympathy. Annette (Pofahl) Emory, Lakeville, MN FSHS Class of 1972.


Name:
Todd Driessen
Email:
tgd7365@msn.com
Date:
Wednesday September 12, 2007

Memories

I was sorry to hear of your Mom's passing...she was a great lady and I have many fond memories of her as a teacher and as a parent of a friend. Having recently lost my mom, I share in your loss. May God's grace give you comfort at this time.


Name:
Karen Jaeger
Email:
birdshore@cox.net
Date:
Wednesday September 12, 2007

Memories

Jim and Deb: Our sympathies to you at this time of loss. I taught across the hall from Ellen for many years, even substituting for her on occasion during free periods and so forth. We always had fun discussions and conversations, a lot of good times throughout the years. Dean always enjoyed visiting with Ellen about you, Jim, and your basketball days as well as other sports events. She will be missed by many but celebrated for what she added to our lives. Prayers, Dean & Karen Jaeger, Chandler, AZ


Name:
Lisa Burkhartzmeyer
Email:
lburkhartzmeyer@hotmail.com
Date:
Tuesday September 11, 2007

Memories

Jim and Deb and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a great person. I was fortunate enough to have her as my Home Ec. teacher back in the "old days". I also enjoyed talking to her in the recent years about school issues and I appreciated her thoughts and guidance. I am sorry that I won't be able to be at her service but please know that I am sending you my thoughts and prayers your way.


Name:
Vivian Schneider
Email:
Date:
Monday September 10, 2007

Memories

With sympathy to you, Deb and Jim, on the loss of your Mother. She was helpful to many and will be missed. With sympathy, Vivian


Name:
Jeanne (Stoeckel) Langeslag
Email:
jmlangeslag@ll.net
Date:
Sunday September 09, 2007

Memories

Mrs. Goertzen was my 9th grade Home-Ec teacher back a few years(!) ago...Ellen continued to be my friend. We would visit and "catch-up" when she stopped for her danish and coffee at Dusek's, where I worked. I was saddened to learn of her passing...my thoughts and sympathy go out to Ellen's family and friends...she will be greatly missed. Jeanne


Name:
Lynn Borwege
Email:
lynnerb@hotmail.com
Date:
Sunday September 09, 2007

Memories

Deb and Jim & family, I wish Jim and I were there to be with you to celebrate your mothers life. She was such a fun lady, she always had nothing but great things to say about the two of you. She kept us updated on everything you were doing since we were in town and you were both far away. Glad we were part of all of your lives. Thinking about you in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Lynn Borwege