Lorraine A Goeke

February 10, 1953 ~ May 16, 2018 (age 65)

Lorraine Ann (Kumor) Goeke, 65, passed away unexpectedly on May 16, 2018, while hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since 2015, she and her husband of 35 years, Kevin, had resided in Rio Verde, AZ.  Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on February 10, 1953, to Leon and Loretta (Sniezek) Kumor, she spent her formative years in that city and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1971. She completed a bachelor’s degree in speech from Kean College (NJ) in 1975, and a master’s degree in speech and hearing pathology from the Ohio State University in 1977. Remaining in central Ohio, she married Kevin Goeke, on September 11, 1982; the couple had two sons, Stephen (1986) of Atlanta, Georgia and Joseph (1988) of Scottsdale, Arizona. The family resided in Dublin, Ohio from 1993 until 2015, and were members of Saint Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church. Lorraine worked as a school speech therapist for autistic/ handicapped children in Upper Arlington, Ohio until 2015, and then in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a clinician, she was passionate about providing the best speech and language services to her students.

In addition to her husband and sons, Lorraine is survived by: her father Leon Kumor of Elizabeth, NJ; twin sister, Mary (George) Harrington of Hooksett, NH; brother Robert (Gina) Kumor of Warren, NJ; uncle Thaddeus Kumor of Clark, NJ; nephews (Brian and Mike Harrington), niece (Amanda Kumor), and cousins in NJ, TX, CA, and AZ. Lorraine’s mother, Loretta, preceded her in death in 1997.

Lorraine was a kind, compassionate, and generous person who was an active member of St. Dominic Catholic Mission in Rio Verde, AZ.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, chatting daily with her twin, caring for two beagles, travelling in the southwest, watching sports (football, basketball, ice skating), and attending musical events.      

Friends may call at Gosselin Funeral Home (Edison, NJ) from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 24. A funeral mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 25, at St. John Vianney Parish (Colonia, NJ), followed by interment at St. Gertrude Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Catholic Relief Services, Autism Research Institute, Doctors Without Borders USA, or Goodwill Industries.

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