Virginia Ann Goettler

March 10, 1933 ~ September 26, 2019 (age 86)

 Virginia Ann (Glace) Goettler, 86, of Butler passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home Thursday morning. Virginia was born March 10, 1933 in Butler, Pa. She grew up at the corner of East Pearl and Monroe Streets. In her youth she took care of her bed-ridden mother throughout her teenage years into her early 20’s. She marched in the Catholic Daughters of America, playing the bugle for the green and white. She was named May Queen for St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Senior Queen and Most Popular for the Butler High School Class of 1951.

She married her High School Sweetheart, Jay Blair Goettler on February 13, 1954. They were married 64 years. Virginia worked for the Associates and Dr. Earnest Moore for a number of years. But her Life Long ambition was to be a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was amazing at all of those, the most important titles one can hold. She also served as Secretary Treasurer of Goettler Distributing, Inc., the family business.

In the past she participated in the March of Dimes, and enjoyed bridge club with her life long friends Joanne Perry, Judy Reese, Marianne Killmeyer and many others. Virginia loved to visit the Casinos from Vegas to Salamanca, NY. to cruise ships on many seas

Virginia loved listening to her husband Jay sing, attending his many performances over the years as well as attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and dance recitals.

She was a lifelong caregiver to all in her family and loved babysitting her grandkids. Virginia was a compassionate and loving person who also possessed a sharp mind and a quick wit. She loved to laugh and did often over life’s many ups and downs.

Virginia was an amazing cook and baker and you would be hard pressed to have two family members name the same dish as their favorite. She was so good at it all. Virginia hosted decades of amazing Christmas Eve, Easter, and birthday dinners for her beloved family as well as dinner on the table at 6 p.m. nightly, 7 days a week for her children for 25 years. There were rarely any leftovers.

Virginia possessed a keen eye for style, fashion, and decorating creating beautiful homes for her family, that rivaled anything seen in Home Décor magazines. The first was the family homestead at 940 East Brady St., the showcase home she helped design on Belmont Rd . and the family vacation villa on Hilton Head Island. She never left the house without her hair and nails perfect and “dressed to the nines”.

She led a great life surrounded by family and friends that loved her. That’s all anyone can wish for.

Virginia is survived by her five children: Daniel and his wife Tracy (Napelton), Kevin and his wife Ann (Boltz), Larry, Karen (Young), and Timothy and his husband Scott Gabriel, Her Grandchildren Matthew and his wife Kendall, Rachel and her husband Michael, Katie and her husband Matthew, Andrew and his wife Breanna, Emily, Brittany, Patrick, Cullen, Spencer, Grant, Megan and Holly and her great grandchildren, Carter and Conner, Madilyn and Lucas, Eliana and Evangeline, Daniel and Camden and the rest of her nieces, and nephews, and friends.

Virginia was proceeded in death by her Husband Jay, who passed October, 9, 2018; her parents, Joseph Glace and Rose (Bresnahan) Glace; 1 brother, Richard Glace and 1 sister, Mary Lou (Glace) Walters. 

Goettler – Visitation for Virginia Ann (Glace) Goettler, who died Thursday, September, 26, 2019 will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, September 29th at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, at 10:00 a.m, at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, 125 Buttercup Road, Butler, Pa. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.




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