Marie (Walter) Goodhew

Died: Sat., Sep. 4, 2010


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 08, 2010

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Marie Goodhew

December 4, 1923September 4, 2010


Marie Goodhew, 86, died peacefully in her sleep at her home on September 4, 2010 in South Bend, IN.

 She was born December 4, 1923 in Ann Arbor, MI to the late Meta (Henne) Walter and Erich Walter.  Marie graduated from Ann Arbor High School and, in 1947, from Oberlin College with a BA in library science.  Upon graduation she moved to South Bend, IN from Ann Arbor, MI to begin her career as a children’s librarian at the downtown St. Joseph County Public Library.  On January 28, 1950 she and Howard R. Goodhew, Jr. were married after a four month courtship and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage filled with family, travel, and community volunteerism in South Bend.  Howard preceded her in death in December of 2009. 


She is survived by their 5 children: Bill Goodhew of Ithaca, NY; Jim Goodhew (Nancy) of Granger, IN; Mark Goodhew of South Bend, IN; Laurie Schuster Meyer (Daryl) of Goshen, IN and Janice (Patrick) Bell of Midlothian, VA.  She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Matt Schuster, Adam Schuster, Mari Schuster, Matt Meyer (Erin), Nick Meyer and Leah Meyer; Katie Goodhew and Paige Goodhew; Elise Bell and Jared Bell; Grace Goodhew; Morgan Goodhew and Renae Goodhew.  A granddaughter, Kayla Bell, and two brothers, Erich and Edward Walter, preceded her in death.


Marie had many varied interests.  When her children were older Marie enjoyed working as a librarian for the South Bend Community School Corporation.  A gifted artist, she enjoyed painting fine china and shared her love and skill through teaching others for many years.   Marie was an avid reader, an accomplished cook, a longtime member of The Wednesday Club, a collector of demitasse cups and a seasoned traveler, who was always said she could be ready to go practically anywhere in the world in 30 minutes or less.  Howard and Marie enjoyed many trips abroad including an adventuresome trip down the Amazon River.  


Active in her community, Marie was a Cub Scouts den mother, was involved in the PTA during her children’s school years, volunteered with TRIAD/SALT, taught Sunday School and served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church.  She was a board member and past president of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County and was a longtime supporter of the arts including the South Bend Symphony and South Bend Historical Society.  She will be dearly missed by family and friends.


Friends may gather with the family to celebrate Marie’s life from 4-7 on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St., South Bend.  Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Highland Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County, 3515 N. Main St., Suite C, Mishawaka, IN, 46545.  Family and friends may leave email condolences at



Charitable donations may be made in Marie's memory to the following organization:

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County
3515 N. Main St., Suite C, Mishawaka, IN, 46545

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The Wadsworth family
   Posted Tue September 07, 2010
Laurie, Daryl and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Marie was always a joy to talk with and enjoy family gatherings together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Amy, Wads, Zach and Ali

Mary Nucciarone
   Posted Tue September 07, 2010
My deepest sympathy to your family. I had the pleasure of working with Marie on the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County. She was a joy to work with and offered her wisdom in mentoring both the students and other Board members. You are each in thought and prayer.

Ellen (Martin) Plaisted
   Posted Tue September 07, 2010
Laurie...I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I will always have fond memories of her being such a sweet and caring woman. She was a good friend to my mom for many many years. I will pray for strength for your family. God Bless.

Greg and Aleta Littell
   Posted Wed September 08, 2010
Dear Laurie, Daryl, Mari, and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. We're so glad we were able to meet her at the graduation. She was a wonderful, positive lady. We are praying for all of you. May God bless all of you in this time of sadness, Love Aleta and Greg Littell

Phil and Jean Ann Dennie
   Posted Wed September 08, 2010
Probably none of you will remember us, but my father and mother were Grace and Ivo Dinkledine from Bourbon Appliance Store, and they took several trips with Howard and Marie, and gave us three of the Gibson trips. We brought my mother to visit Howard and Marie about 4 years ago. Mother died 3 years ago at the age of 100. We all thought your parents were two of the nicest people we have ever known and were so sorry to hear of Marie''s passing. I''m sure life was hard for her after Howard was gone, and now they are back together. We will always be so glad that we crossed their path. Phil and Jean Ann Dennie

Phil and Jackie Haslett
   Posted Wed September 08, 2010
Dear Jim and family,

Jackie and I were deeply saddened to learn about the lose of your mother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God bless you all.

Ray and Susan Rudynski
   Posted Wed September 08, 2010
Jim,Nancy,and girls,
We send our prayers, sympathy and condolences to you on this day. Find joy to know her spirit has been reunited with your dad. Ray&Sue

Pam Schweizer, CNA
   Posted Wed September 08, 2010
Laurie, Mark, and Bill, and family;
I am sorry to hear of Marie's passing. I was looking forward to spending another day with her before the Army ships me out. The few short hours that I was allowed to spend with her will stay with me a lifetime. She gave me good advice on life and I enjoyed her company very much. In her own words she was very well travelled and enjoyed every minute of her vacations with Howard, especially the trip down the Amazon in a 100 year old wood boat that they about froze to death on. She still wanted to go see the Bourbon Trail through Kentucky. She told me she had alot of things left that she wanted to do and now she can do them all with Howard. She told me many events of her family and how much she loved being a wife and a mom. She adored the life she lived with Howard and remembered how it had broke her heart when he was too sick to go outside and do all the things she knew he loved to do. She was a very proud mother and enjoyed taking care of her children, she said she has very strong children. She said she missed being able to paint and the lack of control of her life. Marie told me she liked to live frugally because it made things in life mean more.
Marie told me that if I take care of myself that everything else will fall into place in life. I will never forget Marie even only having known her for eight hours. She made this world a brighter place. She made so many lives around her feel special. She said that she believes that things happen for a reason. I would have to agree. Thank you for allowing me to get to know your mom, and care for her even for a day. God Bless you all.

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