January 13, 1936 - October 11, 2020
Thomas R. Goettman Jr., 84, of Rochester Twp, passed away October 11, 2020 at his home. Born January 13, 1936, in Rochester, he was the son of the late Thomas R. and Ella I. Anderson Goettman Sr. He was a retired Guidance Counselor and teacher for 44 years with the Rochester Area High School, where he briefly served as temporary Assistant Principal. He was a member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester, where he served four years as church council and usher. He was a US Marine Corp Veteran, a member of the Rochester F&AM Lodge #229, he served on the Rochester Borough Council for ten years, was President of the Rochester Alumni Association, and was a trustee and chair of the Scholarship Committee. He was a former track, golf, and baseball coach with the Rochester High School, a football score keeper for Rochester, a cheerleader sponsor, a former Rochester playground coordinator, and an avid golfer. He was a 1953 graduate of Rochester High School and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Geneva College in 1957, and received his Master’s Plus Degree in Guidance Counseling from Westminster College. Most of all Tom loved his family, and cared for his nieces and nephews as if they were his own. He definitely was true blue to the Rochy Rams. He is survived by one sister, Suzanne J. Opalinsky, Beaver; a brother in law, Graham Hamilton, Hopewell; three nephews, Joseph Hamilton and his wife June, Rochester, John Hamilton and his wife Lisa, Center Twp, and Chris J. Opalinsky and his wife, Heather, Beaver; Nine great nieces and great nephews, Joe, John, Shane, Alex, Lauren, Kelsey, Tommy, Sami, and Charlie, and many friends among his teaching colleagues, golfing partners, and loving neighbors. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gayle Hamilton, and a brother in law, Frank Opalinsky. Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, friends are asked to socially distance and wear masks while attending his visitation on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 at the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, INC. 349 Adams Street, Rochester. Friends will also be received Thursday from 10 AM to the time of service beginning at 11:30 AM at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester, officiating will be his pastor, Rev. Gregory S. Clagg. Interment will be at Beaver Cemetery. His brothers with the Rochester F&AM Lodge #229 will provide a masonic service at the funeral home Wednesday at 7 pm. The Beaver Co. Special Unit, will provide full military honors on Thursday at 12 noon in the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 393 Adams Street, Rochester, PA 15074. The family wishes to give special thanks to Kim Gorman for the care and comfort given to Tom.
Thomas R. Goettman Jr., 84, of Rochester Twp, passed away October 11, 2020 at his home. Born January 13, 1936, in Rochester, he was the son of the late Thomas R. and Ella I. Anderson Goettman Sr. He was a retired Guidance Counselor and teacher... View Obituary & Service Information
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