Goshorn, Annamarie Elisabeth – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon

Annamarie Elisabeth Goshorn, 82, of La Grande died Nov. 12 at her home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Goshorn, known as Anne, was born June 10, 1924, in Portland to German immigrant parents, Gottfried and Emilie Peters Brockmann. German was her first language; she learned English from the neighborhood children. She spent one year in Germany as a child.

She graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland and entered the Nursing Program at Emanuel Hospital, attaining R.N. status in January 1945.

She met Frank McClure Goshorn on a blind date while he was on leave in Portland during World War II. He proposed to her by letter while he was stationed in England in 1944, and they were married in Portland Oct. 21, 1945. After the war, they moved to Hayward, Calif., where she worked as an R.N. until they moved to La Grande in 1950.

In 1957 the family moved to a small farm in the Mount Glen area, and in 1959 to a farm in Summerville. She took endless delight in the beauty of the natural world and the wildlife around her there. The Goshorns were proud to provide meals composed solely of their own farm produce. In 1998 the couple moved to La Grande.

She worked most of her adult life. She retired from her job as evening-shift supervisor at the Grande Ronde Hospital in 1986, and one month later went to work at the Fourth Street Clinic. She retired from there at age 72.

She was not content to settle down, however. After her final retirement, she joined the Hospital Auxiliary, the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation Board and Quilt Questers. She was also a hospice volunteer and a member of the Citizens Review Board. She didn’t relinquish her part in the latter two organizations until July of this year.

She enjoyed gardening, quilting, playing the piano, singing, reading, growing orchids and doing crossword puzzles.

Survivors include daughters and their spouses, Patricia and Ed Stineff of Sweet Home, Pamela Goshorn and J. William Kidd of Duncan, B.C., and Pauline and Mark Chartier of Summerville; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her stepbrother, Norman Puls.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Health Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 18, 2006, Published: November 18, 2006

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