Mary Elizabeth (Zirnig) Goddard

Born: Thu., Oct. 13, 1921
Died: Sat., Aug. 8, 2020

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Aug. 15, 2020

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Mary Elizabeth Goddard, age 98, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at her home in Orwell.
Mrs. Goddard was born in Norden, Nebraska on October 13, 1921. She was the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Wild) Zirnig. She grew up in Norden where she received her primary education; she attended high school at St. Mary’s Academy in O’Neill, Nebraska. Later she taught school for 5 years in the Norden area. June 1, 1945, she married Richard Henry Goddard, in Mountain Home, Idaho. She farmed with her husband for several years in Nebraska before moving to Orwell in1949 where they continued farming on the Pepper Farm. She was a communicant at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Orwell, where she served as a lector and C.C.D. teacher. In her early years she was active in the local chapter of the National Council of Catholic Women. She was a past member of the Orwell Fort-Nightly Club and the 60 Plus Club. She loved gardening and embroidery work. Her family was her life.

She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Richard Goddard, on August 7, 2013, and her son Stephen Goddard on March 12, 2011.  She is survived by four children and their spouses: Ramona Akpo-Sani & her husband Pierre of Orwell, Rebecca Desrocher & her husband Larry of Shoreham, Arlene Batschelet & her husband Rodney of Orwell, and William Goddard & his wife Michelle of Orwell; her daughter-in-law Mary Farr Goddard of Gilmanton IW, NH, 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by a brother, Frank Zirnig, 2 sisters, Marguerite Cotter and Gertrude Zirnig, and 3 great grandchildren.

A private Mass of the Resurrection for immediate family will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Orwell. A public graveside committal service and burial will take place on Monday, August 17, 2020, at 12:30 PM, at Mountain View Cemetery in Orwell. Those wishing to pay their respects are asked to wear a face covering.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to: Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or to The Lund Family Center, P.O. Box 4009, Burlington, VT 05406-4099.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mallory Funeral Home in Fair Haven.



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James Nowlan
   Posted Sun August 09, 2020

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Jim .

With sadness and deepest condolences at the passing of Aunt Mary. Eternal life grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen Love and Prayers, Jim & Beth Nowlan

Duane and Carol Goddard
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
Our sympathy goes out to all of Aunt Mary’s family. She will continue to live in our hearts.

Patricia Danco
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020

Monet's Garden Basket was sent by Patti and Michael Danco.

Sending love and our deepest sympathy. Patti and Michael Danco

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