Barbara Goken

Posted 6/8/20

DE KALB - Barbara Druen Goken, 81, formerly of Mendota, died June 4, 2020.

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Barbara Goken


DE KALB - Barbara Druen Goken, 81, formerly of Mendota, died June 4, 2020.

A celebration of life will be at a later date. Private family interment will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Lee.

Barbara was born Nov. 26, 1938 in Ophir Township (Triumph) to Ervy L. Druen and Helen J. Fults Druen. She married Edward G. Goken of the Lee/Shabbona area on May 21, 1960 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mendota. He died of cancer on Aug. 28, 1992 at the age of 52.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Ted) Plote of Malta and Cindy (Marty) Banks of Kirkland; one son, Timothy (Melinda) Goken of Cartersville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Amanda Banks (John) Guerrero, Megan Plote (Jason) Windland, Angela Gabel, Michelle Banks (Mike) Hoehn, Kale Gabel, Joe Plote, Emily Banks (Jake) Judisch, Amy Gallagher, Nick Gabel and Dakota Goken; and seven great-grandchildren, Gabe Guerrero, Alex Guerrero, Laura Guerrero, Timothy Plote, Kenneth Plote, Hayley Windland and Oliver Hoehn. She also has many nieces and nephews who were close to her in age and she was especially close to her niece, Angie Druen Felt of Kewanee and nephew, Dan (Joyce) Druen of Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Randy, on Nov. 6, 2003 at the age of 42; her parents; and three brothers, William Lawrence “Larry)” Druen, who was 18 years older, Oather L. Druen, who was 16 years older and Ralph Ivan Druen, who was 14 years older. All three served in active duty during World War.

Barbara attended Gorman Grade School in rural Mendota for eight years with the same teacher and classmates every day and then went to Mendota High School, graduating in 1956. She worked at Portland Federal Savings and Loan Association in Louisville, Ky. for one year and Blackhawk Loan Company in Mendota for a year. She and her husband lived in the Shabbona and Kirkland areas for many years. The couple’s son, Randall was born March 3, 1961 at the Rochelle hospital, daughter Susan was born Oct. 13, 1962 at St. Mary’s hospital in DeKalb, daughter Cynthia was born Sept. 22, 1963 at Mendota Hospital and their youngest son, Timothy was born July 25, 1966 at Sandwich Hospital. She also lived in the Rochelle area before moving to Sycamore Woodgate for over 18 years.

Barbara worked at the Salvation Army Social Services of DeKalb County for 28 years as an administrative assistant, serving eight Salvation Army offices during that time, before retiring in early 2004. She loved the work there and the people she met and served. She also worked part time at the Family Service Agency in DeKalb for 3 1/2 years. She was an active member of the Al Anon program of DeKalb and met many good and faithful longtime friends. She spent much of her time making digital scrapbooks for family members and making cards for many people for special occasions; that was her passion and she wasn’t afraid to learn new things. She loved to read books on the Nook her children gave her. She also was a member of the Kishwaukee YMCA and attended many recoup classes there during the years and attended Christ Community Church in DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Memorial Fund, addressed to the Goken Family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit or call (815) 756-1022.