Alberta E. Goebel


MENDOTA - Alberta E. Goebel, 100, of Mendota died Jan. 5, 2018 at the Mendota Lutheran Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with Rev. Janet Lepp officiating. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.

Alberta was born Aug. 8, 1917 in Mendota to O.C. and Maude (Greenbaum) Winters. She married John A. Goebel on June 29, 1941 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on March 14, 1999.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane (David) Campbell of Lincoln and Kathleen (Craig) Copper of Batavia; one son, John “Jeff” (Sue) Goebel of Nellysford, Va.; six grandchildren, Andrew and Paul Copper, Mali and John Goebel, Melissa Remolina and Jennifer Read; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by her husband and one sister.

Alberta was a 1935 graduate of Mendota High School and went on to the University of Chicago and Pestalozzi-Froebel School, Chicago where she received her teaching certificate. She began her teaching career in Kewanee and later taught at Northbrook and Lincoln Grade Schools in Mendota before her retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, served on the church council and was a member of the Sewing Circle and the Rachel Circle. She was a volunteer with the Red Cross Blood Drive and Mendota Community Hospital. She was a co-author of Mendota's 125th Anniversary book, “Tracks of Time.” She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

Memorials may be directed to the Mendota Lutheran Home, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry.

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