Gertrude Marie Goff (Hoehner), 86, passed away of natural causes peacefully at her home and went to Heaven for the rest of eternity on July 27th, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband Col Lee Goff (Ret), parents Walter and Mary Hoehner, and brother Harold Hoehner.
Trudy was born December 7th, 1935 in Deansboro, NY. Her parents were immigrants who realized the American dream by starting a successful dairy farm and working hard; she and her siblings all were the first generation in the family to graduate from college. Trudy had a love of languages and graduated from Alfred College with a degree in French.
Trudy wanted to serve her country and became a civil servant of the US Army, where she met the love of her life, Lee. Lee & Trudy were married in Germany in 1960 and served all over the world until Lee’s retirement from the Army in 1981, when they settled in Colorado Springs. The Springs became their basecamp to return to as they continued to travel the world. They remained faithfully married in love until Lee’s passing in 2021.
Trudy is survived by her children Karen Van Everen (Barry), Philip Goff (Dawn), and Renée Newcomer (David); grandchildren Alex, Zackery, Hannah, Makenzie, and Jonathan; and sister Helen Monisera (Hoehner).
Trudy was the epitome of homemaker, wife, and Mom. She loved to cook and was gifted in the kitchen; all who sat at her table always wanted to come back. She did a superb job raising her kids, especially on Lee’s many deployments. She sacrificed herself for the betterment of others and always put other’s needs first. She loved to travel to new places—going to 5 continents—their suitcases were always ready. She was an avid skier and walker to the end, and even hiked up Pikes Peak when she was in her 50’s. Because French and German weren’t enough, she was also fluent in German, Spanish and Russian and loved to converse with others in all the languages. She worked at the Foreign Language Center for many years running the office and translating documents. She also loved the comedy of Red Skelton and his portrayal of Gertrude the Seagull, and Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau.
Her real love, though, was for the Lord Jesus, who she loved with all her heart, soul, strength, and mind. She continued working and taught high school French and Spanish at Evangelical Christian Academy for many years and continued to teach languages at the Missionary Training Institute. She was an active member of Village 7 Presbyterian Church: she loved spending time with the Happy Daze group, was a regular volunteer at Focus on the Family, and she deployed several times to Haiti after the earthquake to help Haiti recover and tell Haitians the Good News of Jesus.
We will gather to celebrate Trudy’s life at Village 7 Presbyterian Church, 4040 Nonchalant Cir S, Colorado Springs, CO on 22 August 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Evangelical Christian Academy, Missionary Training Institute, or Focus on the Family.