Catherine N. Goelitz

ROCHELLE — Catherine N. Goelitz, 92, of Rochelle passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon. Catherine was born on Aug. 24, 1930 in Galena to Heiko and Mildred (Rindesbacher) Grimm. On Sept. 9, 1950, she married Harold Goelitz in Rochelle.

From an early age, Catherine’s artistic talent showed in her drawings and paintings. She was an avid crafter, supplying family and church bazaars with home decor and Christmas decorations for many years.  Catherine also enjoyed photography, flower gardening and puzzles. She spent many hours playing cards with friends. Reading bedtime stories with the grandchildren and great grandchildren was a cherished time together. Family camping trips plus trips with Harold made for great sightseeing and lasting memories. Catherine was an active member of the Esmond United Methodist Church where she served in a variety of rolls. She was also a member of the home extension. Her greatest joys were being a farm wife and her family.

Catherine is survived by her four children: Robert (Ruth Ann) Goelitz of Byron, Gary (Carol) Goelitz of Abilene, Texas, Janet (Greg) Byrnes of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and Nancy Sykora of Lake Barrington, Illinois; six grandchildren: Brian (Alyssa), Jeff (Erin), Melissa (Shea), Jason (Sarah), Denae (Greg), and Vicki (Avery); ten great grandchildren: Megan, Thomas, Cole, Blake, Andrew, Ryan, Elise, Randel, Aiden and Brandon; two step grandchildren: John and Lisa and their families; sister-in-law, Marcia Goelitz and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; sisters: Eleanor (John) Arand and Hope (Vince) Petitgoue and brother-in-law, Boyd Goelitz.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Esmond United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Rogula officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment will follow in Esmond Greenview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Catherine’s name to the Esmond United Methodist Church. Visit to sign the online guest book.


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