Dolores Arlane (Hollenbach)Goeggel passed away in the North Cypress Hospital on Friday, July 9, 2021, at age 90.
Visitation will be held by her family on Thursday, July 15, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Old Union Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Sutton officiating.
Dolores was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in March 1931, where she spent her early years surrounded by a large family of grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Some of her favorite childhood memories were of visiting family on Shelter Island, New York and Hollywood, Florida, with summer vacations on the beaches of New Jersey. She developed a love of traveling and beaches, which endured throughout her life.
During the war, she and her family relocated to Glendale, Missouri, near St. Louis. She graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1949, where she was a baton twirler with the band.
Dolores married Francis L. Goeggel of Kirkwood, Mo. on November 11, 1950, and they began married life in a new house in Overland, Mo. They had three sons, Richard A., Ronald F., and Terrance H. Goeggel.
In 1967, Francis accepted a new job in New York City with the Cornell Medical College, and the family relocated to what was then rural northern New Jersey. Dolores began a new career as a dental assistant and receptionist. Shortly thereafter, her dad retired and her parents moved to a home in a retirement community in Boynton Beach, Florida.
In 1975, the two oldest sons had "flown the coop" and Francis tired of the long commute into NYC. The family moved to Dayton, Ohio where Francis began work at Wright State University. There, they purchased a large house on five acres of woods. Francis finally got to have a large garden, and Dolores had a pool to relax in the summer. He grew vegetables and she canned them. They had an active social life in Dayton, hosting and attending dinner parties with faculty and friends from the university.
They lived in Dayton until he retired and then moved into her parents' home in Boynton Beach, Florida, where they lived until Francis passed away in December 2009. Dolores loved her home in Florida and was reluctant to leave, but finally agreed to begin a new life in Houston where she could be near family. She enjoyed the birth and early childhood of her first great-grandchild, Colt and closely followed his baseball exploits. Most recently, she was delighted by a second great-grandchild, Emma.
Dolores lived in an independent living community and had a very busy social calendar. In her 80s, she learned to play bridge and became a proficient wii bowler.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Francis Goeggel; and a son, Ronald Goeggel.
Mrs. Goeggel is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Dana Goeggel of Houston; son, Terry Goeggel of New Orleans, LA.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Whitney and husband Alex of Prosper; and great grandchildren, Colt Whitney and Emma Whitney of Prosper and nephew, Bob Goeggel of Kirkwood, MO.