Rachael Louise Goings

Mar 5, 2021
Goings, Rachael SF


10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Locke Funeral Home


4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Locke Funeral Home


Garden of Memories Cemetery


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Unity Presbyterian Church, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, or Cedar Valley Hospice


Rachael Louise Goings, 85, of Waterloo, died Friday, March 5, 2021 at Pavilion of Friendship Village in Waterloo.

She was born January 31, 1936 in Reinbeck, daughter of Royal and Mabel Albert Johnson. She graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1953. She married Robert “Bob” Goings on December 15, 1955 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua.

She worked for 22 years in the Classified Advertising Dept. for the Waterloo Courier, 13 years at the Cedar Valley Food Bank (now Northeast Iowa Food Bank), and as a food demonstrator at Byron Ave. HyVee. She was a member of Unity Presbyterian Church – formerly Bethel Presbyterian Church. At Bethel she taught Sunday School and Bible School, was an elder, deacon, member of Ruth Circle, bell choir, choir. She also worked with Bosnian and Serbian immigrant families from 1997-2003. She and Bob delivered Meals on Wheels until 2015. She was on the CROP state advisory board from 1998-2000. She had been a Girl Scout Leader and Emerson School PTA president. Her hobbies have been making afghans and pillows, working on her family’s genealogy on the computer and her many good memories of family camping and vacations and reunions. She also enjoyed collecting bells.

Rachael is survived by husband, Bob of Waterloo; three children, Daniel (Sandi) Goings of Hudson‚ Teresa Hill of Fresno‚ CA, and Mykel (Karla) Goings of Waterloo; six grandchildren, Joshua (Jen) Goings, Troy (fiancé Renee Morgan) Goings, Cody (Angie) Goings, Chad (Jenni) Roth, Brian Roth, and Kelli (fiancé George Findley II) Roth; 17 great-grandchildren, Natalie, Andrew, Chason, Detroit, Dayton, Edgar IV, Taylor, Tye, Leiloni, Owen, Kipton, Reese, Caleb, Hannah, Liam, Harper and Kennedy; and a sister, Elaine (Logan) Wilson of Waterloo.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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  1. Jim & Michelle Galanits | Mar 11, 2021
    Rachael was a great friend to my mother in law at Landmark Commons. She also went out of her way to talk to our daughter when she came to visit her grandparents. She was so sweet to her when her cat died as she gave her a quilted kitty pillow that she had made. So sorry for your loss.
  2. Denae Blair | Mar 10, 2021


    Your mom was a very good friend of my mom that lived across the hall in the Pavilion, the two gals loved to sneak out in the hall and chat and share the newspaper.  My mom, (Maxine Rousselow) loved your mom.  If you are ever in the Village again please stop in and see my my mom, she would love to see you folks. 

    Denae Blair (Kansas City)

  3. Alan & Marilyn Walker | Mar 08, 2021
    Our heartfelt sympathy to Daniel and Sandi as well as all the Goings family.  Alan & Marilyn Walker
  4. Nikki (Behrens) VonAhnen | Mar 08, 2021
    I am so sad to hear of Aunt Rachael’s passing, she was such a sweet lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. 
  5. Dave Davis | Mar 08, 2021
    Pretty special lady. She seemed dedicated to doing whatever she could to make the world a better place. RIP Miss Rachael. She certainly have earned it.
  6. Sharon JordanPETXQ | Mar 08, 2021

    our sincere sympathy to Bob and family. I will always remember fun stories of the kids  and family Rachael would share with the Classified Department throughout the years. We've known Rachael for over 50 years. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Roger and Sharon Jordan

  7. Mr and Mrs Charles Onken | Mar 07, 2021
    We were saddened to see the news of Rachael's passing.  Courier people became a family, and we have lost a member of our family.

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