2010-07-08 / Obituaries


Frederick Lawrence Goossen, husband of Bettina Butler Goossen, died on Friday, June 25, 2010.

Mr. Goossen was born October 25, 1916, in New Rochelle, NY, the second child to Behrend J.H. Goossen and Carrie Erlbeck Goossen. He moved with his family to Brewster at age 9. He attended Brewster schools and graduated from Brewster High School in 1934, where he captained the baseball team and played guard for the football champion Brewster Bears.

Mr. Goossen was a World War II veteran, having served in 5 campaigns for the U.S. Army infantry in the European Theater. He was wounded at the Battle of the Huertgen Forest in Germany for which he received the Purple Heart. He also received a Combat Infantry Badge, a Victory Medal, an Army of Occupation Medal, and the Bronze Star. He participated in various veterans organizations and was most recently a member of the Brewster VFW.

He was self-employed for the majority of his professional career, first as President and owner of Goossen Furniture Co., Inc. on Main Street in Brewster, and later as owner of Frederick L. Goossen Real Estate, also in Brewster. He later served as Sales Director of South Seas Real Estate Exchange and as VP of Marketing at Tripp, Day & Maher, also on Marco Island, Florida.

Mr. Goossen was married 3 times, first to Ruth Stiles in 1939, then to Angelina (Nina) Menichelli in 1952, and finally to Bettina Butler in 1962. His first marriage ended in divorce after he returned from the war in 1946. His marriage to Nina was cut short by her early death in 1962. He is survived by Bettina after almost 48 years of marriage. He was proud to have headed a blended family of seven children who produced 19 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. He is survived by six of the children and their spouses: Richard Goossen and his wife Alice of Littleton, CO, and Sun City, AZ; Bettina Fields and her husband Tim of Spotsylvania, VA; S. Jeffrey Butler and his wife Patti of North Salem, NY; Elise Paquette and her husband Steve of Morristown, NJ; Carrie Hanaburgh of North Salem, NY, and David Goossen and his wife Becca of Louisville, CO, as well as the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Lawrence Goossen of New York, NY, as well as his brother Behrend Goossen and sister Dorothy Goossen.

Mr. Goossen will be remembered for his love of life. He was the rare person who found joy in each thing he did and brought joy to each person he touched. Largely self-educated, he was a voracious reader on a variety of topics, an avid golfer, and had a lifelong love of learning. He was intelligent and humble, curious and funny, principled and loving. He was, simply, a wonderful man. His approach to life was a model for others to follow. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Contributions in Frederick’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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