Evelyn Spaeth Goff (Mrs. Port Carl “Windy” Goff) went home to be with the Lord on April 03, 2013, in Fredericksburg, TX, at the age of 74.
Evelyn was born in Mason, TX, on March 29, 1939, to Walter Spaeth and Meta Schmidt Spaeth. She is survived by three daughters and their spouses: Donna and Ricky Weinheimer of Stonewall; Kathy and Dwayn Boos of Fredericksburg; Jeanenne and Rusty Maenius of Blanco. Six Grandchildren and spouses: Brandon and Jessica Weinheimer of Stonewall; Blaine and Tina Weinheimer of Dripping Springs; Matlie Boos and Rylie Boos of Fredericksburg; Hannah and Trey Priour of Kerrville; and Katrina Maenius of Blanco. Two great granddaughters: Lorelei Weinheimer of Stonewall; and Haidyn Weinheimer of Dripping Springs. Also, her extended family: Sheila Ristau and Kay and Stuart Stech from Fredericksburg; Callie and Bunde Walker of Austin; Steven Stech of Lubbock; Chris Oldham of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother and sister: Hilton Spaeth and Lillian Ristau.
A beautiful celebration of life and faith service was officiated by Pastor Bobby Vitek at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 06, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. His message was titled, “Determined”! Evelyn was determined to love life, to live with hope, to love her family and determined in her faith. Several of her grandchildren read some of her favorite scriptures as Pastor Bobby incorporated them in the message. The congregation was blessed by the voices of Larry Reavis and Deanne Moellering as they sang some of Evelyn’s favorite songs. Deanne played the guitar, pianist, Lenora Ostendorf, accompanied. Graveside services and interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery in Mason, TX, at 3:00 p.m. Pallbearers were her six grandchildren and three sons-in-law, with her two great granddaughters as honorary pallbearers.
Evelyn grew up on her parent’s ranch in Art, Texas, the youngest of three children, and later moved to town in Mason. She loved the country and loved playing with baby angora goats that her father raised. She was always eager to help her father with the ranching and the outside chores. She was baptized and a confirmed member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Mason. She graduated from Mason High School in 1957, married Albert Ristau; they lived in Fredericksburg where they had two daughters.
After they divorced, she married Port Carl “Windy” Goff in 1978. She worked for Dr. Dor Brown for thirteen years then opened a child daycare in their home. In 1988, they moved back to their hometown of Mason, where she went to work for the Mason Clinic and then partnered with several ladies to open MKM Home Health. She and Windy loved working on the ranch in Art and were proud of the Red Brangus Cattle they raised.
They both enjoyed singing and playing music; she on the piano, organ, autoharp or dulcimer and he on the fiddle or guitar. They were both active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church. After her husband's passing, she moved back to Fredericksburg to be the general manager of the Sunday House Inn & Suites for five years. She then became the volunteer coordinator for the Fredericksburg Visitor and Convention Bureau where she enjoyed working fulltime, until February of this year, when she had to make the decision to retire due to her illness. She was a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and a member of the choir until she could no longer sing due to her declining health.
Evelyn enjoyed ranching, music, singing, dancing, working in her yard, being with people and driving her red Toyota convertible. She enjoyed sports of all kinds; baseball, softball, basketball, pro-football and she especially enjoyed college football. Watching college football games became a tradition at her, “Grannie’s”, house. She loved watching games with anyone who could come by but especially enjoyed watching with her grandchildren. Football parties at Grannie’s were very special times. Evelyn not only taught her children and grandchildren the qualities of faith, hope, love and incredible courage but she set a beautiful example in her every day life. During the last 10 years, with the help of God, she battled cancer so valiantly and never let herself stop living life to the fullest. She was always positive and willing to fight the battle. She thanked God everyday for all her blessings.
“Mom”, “Grannie”, was an amazing person and she was an inspiration to so many. We will forever hold her in our hearts.....and look forward to when we are reunited again in heaven.
For those who desire, you may make memorial contributions in her memory to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, Hill Country Memorial Hospice, or the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, TX. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.