Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dolores M. Goetschius

Wellsville, NY - Dolores M. Goetschius, 79, of 3471 North Drive in Riverview Heights died on Thursday, October 11, 2012 surrounded by her family and friends. She was delivered by her grandma on April 12, 1933 at the home of her grandma and grandpa Graves in Graves Town, NY. She was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Graves) Joyce. On July 3, 1954 in Wellsville she married William K. Goetschius who survives.

Dolores had many fond memories of her childhood. When she was five years old, her dad walked her everyday to the county school on top of Meservey Hill; her teacher was Florence Harder Carpenter. She attended there for two years before attending the Fords Brook School and later the Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville. She was a 1951graduate of Wellsville High School where she met her husband in the ninth grade and as he sat behind her, he tied the large bow of her pink dress to her to her chair! She ended up marrying him anyway, four years later. She also recalls that her dad gave her a cow, that she named Maudine, which she dearly loved. She was employed at a licensed teacher's assistant at Wellsville Elementary School and she loved each and every child in her classroom. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She had a beautiful life and was loved by her family and many friends.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons William F. Goetschius of Wellsville; Brian (Dawnell) Goetschius of Texas City, TX; one daughter, Deborah A. Goetschius of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, Joseph Calvin, Jared Lee, Julia Teresa, Gabriel Jan, Gregory Brian, Mary Grace, Madeline Rose, Ryan (Missy) William and Brody Paul Goetschius, one Great Grandson, Tyler Fitzgerald, two sisters, Anita (Clifford) Cornell of Virginia Beach, VA; Mary Frances (Gordon) Burdick of Wellsville; several nieces & nephews and her former daughter-in-law, Julie (Joe) Tripodi; who along with the staff at Manor Hills were a great help to the family over the last two years. She was predeceased by a niece, Teresa M. Burdick.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Monday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. My prayers go out to the family. RIP Delores.

  2. Spent alot of fun times at the Riverview Heights homestead. May God Bless the entire Goetschius family.

  3. Vickie (Whitwood) MorrisOctober 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    My condolences to the Geotschius family. I too spent alot of good times at their home and Dolores always made Debbies friends feel so welcome! She always had a big smile and infectious laugh.

  4. Gwen (O'Keefe) PotterOctober 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    I had the pleasure of working with Dolores at school. Her love for the children of Wellsville was abounding. She welcomed me to Wellsville and helped me to make it my home. My deepest sympathy to the Goetschius family.

  5. This is to the Family of Dolores Goetschius. I live in Texas City and one of her son's Brian and Jannel have been so extremely nice to my family in lieu of our tragic event of my son and grandson passing. I would just like to say that even though I did not know Dolores....her son Brian is an example of that wonderful woman. He is so giving wonderful as is his wife and that is how this special woman raised her family. She is a gift to us and may she rest in peace and her family find solitude. God Bless.. Sherrie,Charlie, Dan and Chaz Bonnette. Janna, Billy Vincent and son KJ Rohde. Texas City, Texas 10/24/12

  6. I know Joseph personally since having him in math class in Texas City. I came to know Brian thru him. What a wonderful tribute to this beautiful lady this family prayers and positive thoughts are with the entire family at this difficult time.
    Kay Stenzel

  7. My condolences to the family of Dolores Goetschius. My deepest sympathy & prayers for her family in this time of sorrow. I know her son, Brian, through my volunteer work at the Texas City Police Department. Her son is indeed a tribute to the way his parents raised him. May God bless you. Sherry Schumacher