Dorothea V. ‘Dot’ Goodling

Dorothea V. “Dot” Goodling, 85, of Lewistown, died on April 19, 2017, at Valley View Haven. Born Oct. 18, 1931 in Shirleysburg, (Huntingdon County), she was a daughter of the late Clifford Gilliland and Beulah Myers Gilliland. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Goodling. They celebrated 61 years of marriage together on Aug. 8, 2016.

Also surviving are three daughters, Nan (Dennis) Yeater, of Lewistown, Terri (Keith) Zook, of Huntsville, Ala., and Gail (David) Hrobuchak, of Harrisburg.

Mrs. Goodling was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford G. Gilliland Jr., of Rockhill Furnace in 2001, and a sister Shirley (Gilliland) Warner, of Mechanicsburg in 2016. She is survived by a sister Patricia (Gilliland) McGarvey, of Schnectedy, N.Y. and a brother Robert Gilliland, of Mount Union. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Stefanie, Richard, Rebecca, Katherine, Hannah and Ingrid and three great-grandchildren. She has many nieces, nephews and special friends.

Dorothea was a 1949 graduate of Mount Union Area High School and a 1952 graduate of Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing. Her employment started as an RN staff nurse at the Lewistown Hospital and she also served as a clinical nurse aide instructor. She was employed briefly at the American Viscose Corporation as an industrial nurse.

In 1955, she relocated to Shippensburg with her husband where she was employed as an RN at the Chambersburg Hospital, and also for Dr. Harglerode. After a period of time while she was raising her daughters, she returned to employment at the Lewistown Hospital. In 1971, she began working as a visiting nurse at the Mifflin-Juniata Community Nursing Service (now known as Sun Home Health.) She left there in 1986 when she joined TLC Home Care Services through Lewistown Hospital. The last two years of her career were spent working as a Hospice nurse at Hospice: The Bridge from where she retired in December 1991.

Mrs. Goodling has been an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Lewistown and was involved in care ministries at the church. She was a Hospice volunteer for Hospice: The Bridge from 1992 until 2009.

“Dot” was passionate about learning, especially within the nursing field. She returned to college after her retirement, began playing the violin at age 60 and loved to read. She was a caring, thoughtful and humble person who delighted in spending time with her family, knew how to make us laugh and had a strong faith.

Her viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at Grace United Methodist Church in the church lounge. A celebration of her life will be held following the viewing at 4 p.m. A meal will be held at 5 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to stay for the meal at 5 p.m. in the church social hall.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 24 at Mount Rock Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Barr Funeral Home Inc. and Crematory, 120 Logan St., Lewistown.

The family requests that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing, 426 Maple Ave., Lewistown PA, 17044 or to Grace United Methodist Church, 101 Logan St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.barrfh.com.