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Doris Goebel

Doris Goebel

Aug. 1, 1918-March 4, 2014

Doris M. Goebel, 95, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Doris M. Goebel was born to Anders and Gerda (Forsberg) Nelson on August 1, 1918 in Sheyenne, N.D. She and her siblings attended country school until the sixth grade. Doris then moved to New Rockford, N.D., to live with her sister and continue her schooling. She graduated from high school as the salutatorian of her class.

Following high school, Doris continued her education at Dakota Business College in Fargo. After graduation she got a job at an insurance company doing secretarial work for the next two years.

During this time Doris was set up on a blind date with a man named Paul Goebel, whom she married on August 31, 1938. They made their home in Moorhead. They later lived in California for a few years before moving to Detroit Lakes in 1958.

Over the years Doris worked for NFO, Becker County Human Services and the Detroit Lakes Library. Doris also did volunteer work for St. Mary's Hospital, the Senior Nutrition Center, and Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. She was an active member at First Lutheran Church, St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary, and Sons of Norway.

She enjoyed square dancing, ceramics, quilting, sewing and knitting. She also enjoyed traveling, which included the countries of Australia, Canada, Holland, France, Germany, and Russia.

Surviving Doris are two daughters, Deanne (Marvin) Widmark of Harris, Minn., and Deborah (Daniel) Sprague of Frazee; four sons, Paul (Dee), of Crestline, Calif., Joel (Kathy) of Gainesville, Ga., William (Anne) of Springwater, N.Y., and Jeffrey (Cathy) of West Fargo; 13 grandchildren, Greg (Janice) Goebel, Brad (Kristen) Goebel, Sarai (Paul) Johnson, Amy (Rick) Davis, Paul Goebel, Aaron (Rebecca Ann) Goebel, Allison (Chris) Hill, Andrea (Art) Crowell-Widmark, Erik (Becky) Widmark, Derrick (Traci) Sprague, Darren Sprague, David (Kayla) Goebel, and Heather Goebel; 26 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Paul (1976); four brothers; six sisters; and her parents.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes.