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Tuesday August 25th, 2020
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Mass of Christian Burial

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Wednesday August 26th, 2020

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Ellen L. Goerl

Ellen L. Goerl, 91, of St. Paul, formerly of St. Libory and Grand Island, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, surrounded by her family at Brookefield Park in St. Paul. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Libory’s Catholic Church in St. Libory. The Revs. Sidney Bruggeman and Rayappa Konka will concelebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. All CDC guidelines will be followed regarding social distancing and face masks are required. The Mass will be live streamed on Peters Funeral Home Facebook page. The direct link is Memorials are suggested to St. Libory’s Catholic Cemetery. Ellen was born on February 24, 1929, on the family farm in Hamilton County, near Doniphan, the daughter of William and Emma (Hamann) Horst. She attended Hall County District 19 rural school. Upon completing her education, she worked in Grand Island at Jack & Jill grocery store and worked for a local family in their home and assisted them in entertaining guests. She was united in marriage to Victor E. Goerl on Nov. 6, 1949, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island. The couple lived on a farm near Grand Island. In 1951, they moved to a farm north of St. Libory, where they raised their family. In 1980, Ellen moved to Grand Island where she worked at the Conoco Café and the VA Medical Center, retiring in 1994. She later moved to St. Paul where she lived the rest of her life. While living in St. Libory, she was an active member of St. Libory’s Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women. When she moved to Grand Island, she attended St. Leo’s Catholic Church, where she was also active in the Council of Catholic Women and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a longtime member of the Liederkranz. Ellen enjoyed crafting, traveling, dancing and her rose garden. Her greatest pleasure was caring for her children and grandchildren and actually anyone who needed cared for. She is survived by her children and spouses, Barb and Jerry Sack of St. Paul, Pat and John Epp of Grand Island, Mike Goerl of Grand Island, Linda and Rick Goettsche of St. Paul, Kevin and Margy Goerl of Grand Island, Dan and Kristi Goerl of Gainesville, VA, Lisa and Charlie Asche of Grand Island and Keith and Kendra Goerl of Valparaiso, IN; 28 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; the father of her children, Victor Goerl of Grand Island; sisters, Betty Vanosdall of Grand Island and Margie Thomssen of Lincoln; and brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Sharon Horst of Johnson Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Mary Ellen; brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Imogene Horst; sister and brother-in-law, Opal and Hollis Steinbeck; and brothers-in-law, Glenn Vanosdall and David Thomssen.


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Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of this truly kind, wonderful woman. Ellen always made time for anyone and was a stranger to no one. She will be missed! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jan and a Kevin Carper and family.

Jan Carper Aug 25 2020 5:37 PM

Barb, I have many fond memories of your mom. My prayers are with you. Gordon Hrnicek

gordon j hrnicek md Aug 25 2020 3:53 PM

our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your loved mother , grandmother and great grandmother. We met Ellen at Parents without partners. Richard danced with her many times and we became friends. We loved visiting with her and her wonderful attitude, always a warm smile . You are in Our Thoughts and Prayers. Rest in Peace Ellen.

Richard & Marlene Schmidt Aug 25 2020 9:12 AM

Praying for strength and comfort for the family. Have a blessed family time this week as you prepare to celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection for your loved one. Her life is reflected in yours. Susan J., a friend of Barb and Jerry

Susan Johnson Aug 24 2020 12:50 PM

I am so sorry to see that Aunt Ellen died. She was so beautiful, expressive and fun! I got to know and love her when she and Bernie were at the Hospital and Tiffany at the same time. They were so blessed to connect with each other. She and Uncle Bill were Bernie's baptismal sponsors. She had the grandest laugh and so enjoyed her 90th birthday party. Love and prayers to the family, Margene Horst

Margene Horst Aug 24 2020 12:48 PM

ellen was such a sweet lady loved to hear her sorry for the loss but she is at peace now prayers to her family

marlene svasek Aug 24 2020 10:42 AM

My condolences to all of the family. May her memory be a blessing to all who shared in her life. Ron Goettsche

ron goettsche Aug 24 2020 8:24 AM

To all of Ellen's family we are truly sorry for your loss. Ellen was such a beautiful lady and sweet soul; always smiling and finding the good in every moment. Have fond memories of her getting to see her watermelon collection when she lived in Grand Island. She will truly be missed by many but has a wonderful family to carry on her legacy. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Tony and Susie Guyette

Susie Guyette Aug 23 2020 5:28 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of Ellen's family. She was an awesome lady that always had such a beautiful smile, she will be so deeply missed by everyone that knew her. God received a wonderful angel in Heaven yesterday. My prayers to all of her family, cherish the many many wonderful memories you have from the years with her and I know there are many, it does help the loss some. Hugs to all of you. Velda Peters

Velda Peters Aug 23 2020 2:16 PM