Goff, Juanita Mercer

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Born:       December 1,1928 in Blackberry, Itasca Co., MN
Death:     January 14, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Itasca Co., MN
Burial:     Hazelwood Cemetery, Blackberry Township, Itasca Co., MN
Findagrave:  196131198
Spouse:  William Dale Goff
Parents: George Mercer Waugh and Ilura Mae Dinehart

Juanita Mercer (Waugh) Goff
Photo: Obituary

Juanita Goff, age 90, of Grand Rapids, MN passed peacefully in her home on Monday, January 14, 2019, surrounded by her family.

Juanita M Goff (Waugh) was born to George and Ilura Waugh in a little cabin in Blackberry, MN, during a snow storm on December 1,1928. She grew up living in various places around the Grand Rapids, MN area, attending elementary and high school in Grand Rapids. Juanita graduated 12th grade from Maplewood Academy, Hutchinson, MN and then earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Union College, Lincoln, NE. She was working in Boulder, CO when she met William Goff, who was working on an army base.

Waugh-Goff Wedding, 1952
Ilura Waugh, Juanita (Waugh) Goff, Bill Goff, George Waugh
Photo: Goff Family

They were married in 1952, lived in Spokane, WA for a short while, later settling in Grand Rapids, where Juanita worked in the hospital. Over the years, they raised seven children, ran Bill’s Greenhouse, and Juanita continued working at the hospital. She served in the medical-surgical unit, obstetrics, as supervisor and emergency room nurse, and ended her 44-year career working in obstetrics. Juanita enjoyed attending church at Blackberry Seventh Day Adventist Church, she crocheted many beautiful blankets and sweaters, maintained beautiful vegetable and flower gardens, and enjoyed riding her horse.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her husband William.

Juanita is survived by her sister Joyce (Fred) Gray, seven children; Carol (Victor) Penrosa, Nancy Goff and Ed Rumbaugh, Ronald (Cheryl) Goff, Mary Goff, Kathleen Goff-Harmon, Patricia (John) Reszetylo, Rebecca (James) Wilkins. 12 grandchildren; Sara Nicholson, James Goff and Jonathan Goff, Renee Goff and Nina Conrad, Tracy, Kristen, and Nicole Harmon, Elim and Cynrick Reszetylo, Jamie and Nathaniel Wilkins. Also surviving are nine great grandchildren.

Her family thank Essentia Health Itasca Hospice for their assistance.

Visitation will be Friday, February 08, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Blackberry, MN followed by the 11:00 A.M. Memorial Service. Pastor Doug Hardt will officiate. Burial will be at Hazelwood Cemetery, Blackberry Township, Minnesota at a later date.

Friday, February 08, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Seventh Day Adventist Church
25321 Dove Lane
Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744

Memorial Service:
Friday, February 08, 2019
11:00 AM
Seventh Day Adventist Church
25321 Dove Lane
Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744