Donald Joseph Goerge, age 82, of Fowler, MI, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard presiding. The Mass will be live-streamed on the Most Holy Trinity Church Facebook page. Burial will take place at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery, Fowler, MI. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 2-8 p.m. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI. Masks will be required at the funeral home and the church.
Donald was born in Fowler, MI, on October 23, 1938, the son of John Louis and Eleanor Catherine (Thelen) Goerge. On October 22, 1960 he married Doris Halfmann at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Westphalia, MI.
Donald worked on his father's farm until 1961; and then worked for General Motors retiring in 1991 after 30 years of service. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage and gardening. Donald was a jack of all trades. He was a lifetime member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fowler, MI.
He is survived by his wife Doris Goerge of Fowler, MI; his children: Diane and William Burton of St. Johns, MI; William and JoAnn Goerge of Lansing, MI; Judith and Roger Fox of Pewamo, MI; Carol and Scott Rademacher of St. Johns, MI; Thomas Goerge and Sue Gilbert of Perrinton, MI; Dale and Nancy Goerge of St. Johns, MI. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Jon Burton, Katherine Burton, Michael Burton, Sarah Burton and Francesco Tonini, Rebecca Fox (Andrew Cook), Jennifer and Michael Jewett, Douglas Fox, Emily Rademacher, Anna Rademacher, Danielle and Kaylea Goerge, Melanie Goerge (Grant Platte), Ryan Goerge, Megan Goerge, Joey Goerge, and Bobby Goerge; 1 great grandchild Mason; brother Gene and Agnes Goerge; and 3 sisters-in-law: Helen Goerge Thelen, Clarita Goerge Fedewa, and Marcia Goerge. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, 3 infant children: Marilyn, Carolyn, and Donald; and 7 siblings: Reynold (Rita) Goerge, Robert Goerge, Adeline (William) Rademacher, Arlene (Ray) Griffin, Anthony Goerge, Henry Goerge, and Janet Martin.
Memorials may be made for the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Goerge Chapel, Fowler, MI.
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