Obituary: Hulda L. Goecker

Hulda Goecker

Hulda L. Goecker, 99, of Seymour passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at The Lutheran Community Home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Dudleytown on August 31, 1922, to the late William and Anna Wehrkamp Bobb. She was baptized, confirmed, and later married at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dudleytown. On October 5, 1941, she married Earl A. Goecker. Their marriage was blessed with four children. She and her husband, Earl, were co-owners of Goecker Building Supplies and Goecker Construction. Hulda had a strong work ethic throughout her life. She worked at various jobs outside the home after her youngest started school. Then, after raising her family and seeing them leave home, she became an owner-operator of Hulda’s Café and Hulda’s Gift Shop. She put her heart and soul into any job she did and did it well.

Upon retirement, Hulda and her husband spent many winters at their home in Kissimmee, FL. She took great delight in meeting the public, spending time with family and friends, doing volunteer work at the hospital, and eating out. The family has fond memories of Hulda’s peanut butter and coconut cream pies and her generous distribution of cookie tins and pumpkin bread at Christmas. Hulda was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, since 1948.

She loved reading the Bible, and faithfully attended worship services. Nightly, she would pray for every family member in chronological order by memory.

Hulda is survived by her four children: Shirley and (Terry) Hoese of Grand Rapids, MI, Robert and (Jeri) Goecker, Connie and (Max) Roeder of Seymour, & Donald Goecker, North Vernon; her sister, Luella Holle, Dudleytown, and sister-in-law, Helen Goecker, Seymour; 13 grandchildren: Tom and (Jane) Goecker, Max and (Becky) Goecker, Chad and (Tammy) Goecker, Dallas and (Mandy) Goecker, Jason and (Lindsey) Roeder, Brett and (Mindy) Roeder, all of Seymour; Scott and (Betsy) Roeder, Phoenix, AZ, Brad and (Ofelia) Hoese, Stuart, FL, Dana and (Matt) Agnew, DeWitt , MI, Todd and (Roxanne) Hoese, Grand Rapids, MI, Tara Fellows, Grand Haven, MI, Julie and (Jon) Muhly, Coeur d’Alene, ID, Sarah and (David) Smith, Delavan, WI; 2 step grandchildren: Tina Morgan and Kimberly Hudson; 32 great-grandchildren: Taylor Hoese, Bryce Hoese, Blake Agnew, Drew Agnew, Emily Agnew, Dylan Hoese, Coby Hoese, Courtney Hoese, Madeline Fellows, Caleb Fellows, Brandon (Kristin) Goecker, AJ Goecker, Emma Goecker, Kayla Goecker, Jodi Goecker, Tyler Goecker, Teagan Roeder, Declan Roeder, Laura Roeder, Reed Roeder, Brock Roeder, Adalyn Roeder, Kiley Zabel, Ashley Goecker, Trevor Goecker, David Muhly, Nathaniel Muhly, Hannah Muhly, Rebecca Muhly, Abigail Muhly, Anna Smith, Raegan Smith; 2 great-great-grandchildren: Gwendolyn Goecker and Miles Goecker, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; brothers: Henry Bobb, Eldor Bobb, and Lawrence Bobb, her sister, Leona Trimpe, and twin sister, Hilda Vehslage.

The funeral service for Hulda will be conducted by the Reverends Ralph Blomenberg, Philip E.Bloch, & James A. Rodriquez, Jr., and Vicar Nick Wagenknecht on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Burkholder Funeral Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Seymour and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran High
School, Lutheran Hour Ministries, or Lakeview Ministries.

Burkholder Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements for Mrs. Goecker and condolences and memories may be shared at