Dear Classes of 1952 and 1956:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Gloriann "Googs" (Schmitz) Roach on Tuesday, March 8th.
Gloriann was the sister of Jim Schmitz (‘52), Patty (Schmitz) Willits (‘56), Bob Schmitz (‘56) and the late Mary Eleanor (Schmitz) Bergeman (‘35).
Gloriann “Googs” Schmitz Roach was born in Lisbon, ND on November 28, 1932 to Mathew and Effi e Schmitz.
Googs went to her Eternal Home on March 08, 2016 at the ND Veterans Home.
Googs met the love of her life, James Roach, in fi rst grade at St. Aloysius School in Lisbon. They were married at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Lisbon on August 22, 1955. They spent their entire married life on their beautiful farm in the Sheyenne Valley near Ft. Ransom. Together they had fi ve children; Patrick (Adrianna) Roach, Fargo, ND; Anne Roach, Little Falls, MN; Rita (Dale) Haugen, Lisbon, ND; Rosemary Roach, Colfax, ND; & Gerald (Vicki) Roach, Mekinock, ND.
Googs was Baptized, Confi rmed, and Married at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Lisbon. She graduated from Lisbon High School in 1951, she continued her education at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Fargo, ND earning her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1954. Googs worked as an RN in Lisbon her entire working career. She helped many babies come into this world, cared for the young and the old, and also comforted many as they were dying.
Googs was a loving wife and sister as well as a very caring mother, grandmother, and friend to many who came to love her as an adopted mother and grandmother. She would do anything to help her family and friends.
Googs loved to knit and handmade many “Special” sweaters for newborn babies. She liked to make sweaters to send overseas for children in need. She made and gave away many afghans and blankets.
Googs loved to make Rosaries. She made and gave away more rosaries than can be counted. She sent numerous Rosaries to the Rosary Army to be distributed throughout the world. She also made sure that anyone who ever wanted or needed a Rosary got one. Her love and devotion for the Rosary and our Lord was always fi rst and foremost in her life.
Googs especially loved babies. Any newborn baby she could get her hands on brought a huge smile to her face, she just bubbled when snuggling any baby.
Googs was an excellent cook and baker, nothing gave her more joy than when she was in the kitchen whipping up one of her creations for those she loved to enjoy eating. She was well known for the wonderful buns she baked.
Googs was always very proud of her Daddy and his achievements with the Minneapolis Moline Company. She took great pride in her collection of MM memorabilia and always tried to outdo her siblings and Schmitz cousins by getting the best pieces.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jimmy, her 5 children, her 12 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren as well as her siblings James (Katy) Schmitz, Miles City, MT; Patty (Dick) Willits, Conyers, GA; Robert (Carol) Schmitz, Fargo, ND.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Cecil Schmitz, Eleanor Bergeman, Bill Schmitz, and Charlotte Lutjens; Great Grandson Owen Mrozek; Brothers & Sisterin-laws – David and Shirley Roach, Dolores and Hilmer Ronning, Gerald Roach, and Jack Lutjens
Visitation will be at Armstrong Funeral Home in Lisbon, ND on Monday, March 14, 2016 starting at 5:00 PM followed by a prayer service and rosary at 7:00 PM.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Lisbon, ND on Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 AM with Father Jerald Finnestad & Monsignor Dennis Skonseng offi ciating.
Googs felt fl owers were for the living, a better way to continue her legacy of caring for hurting people would be donations to Red River Valley Hospice or the North Dakota/ Minnesota Alzheimer’s Association.
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