Carole Goeke

Carole Goeke, 90, of Waukon died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Inurnment will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Friends may call one hour before services at the church Wednesday, July 23. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
Ruth Carole Goeke was born May 10, 1924 in Newcastle, PA, the daughter of George and Rae Wolfe. She graduated from Newcastle High School in Newcastle, PA and attended Indiana State College in Pennsylvania.
In 1943 she married Kermit B. Ellingson in California, and he died in 1955. May 20, 1957 she married Wesley Goeke at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They owned and operated the Tastee Bake Shop in Waukon from 1957 to 1967.
Carole enjoyed following her family's activities, spending time on her iPad, bowling, cooking, working in her garden, watching sports on TV and, especially, fishing on the Mississippi River.
Survivors include her husband, Wesley of Waukon; her children, Ken (Rachel) Ellingson of Mahtomedi, MN, Cindy (Mark) Grabe of Grand Forks, SD, Scott (Denise) Ellingson of Wanamingo, MN, Warren Goeke of Santa Monica, CA, Gwen (Frank) Milano of Plymouth, MN and Greg (Laura) Goeke of Maple Grove, MN; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Janice (Jack).
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Kermit; a daughter-in-law, Adeline Goeke; a granddaughter, Jaime Ellingson; two brothers, Joseph and Louis; and two sisters, Dorothy and Essie.
Honorary casketbearers are Allen and Ronald Goeke, Melvin Haskovec and Craig Phipps.
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