Mary Frances Goers

In Memoriam

Below is the death notice of Mary Goers, Wife of John Goers, Class of 1978. Mother of Nicholas Goers, Class of 2003 and Brendan Goers, Class of 2006. Sister-in-Law of Joseph Goers, Class of 1976 and Aunt of Sean Goers, Class of 2015. Please keep the Goers family in your prayers.

Mary Frances (Lentz) Goers, was born on February 13, 1957 in Blue Island, Illinois. She was the 6th child of Lloyd and Evelyn (Herman) Lentz.

In 1966, the family packed up and moved to North Olmsted where all 9 family members lived in a rather modest home. Mary would tell stories of growing up with her sister, Carol Weiler (Albin), Ken Lentz, John Lentz (Susie), Ray Lentz (Cindy), George Lentz (Nancy) and her baby brother, Mark Lentz (Lori). Her stories of so many people in one house were always entertaining!

Always a hard worker, Mary fondly remembered her days working after school and on weekends at The Rustic Restaurant across from the old Westgate Mall.

Mary graduated from North Olmsted High in 1975 and headed to The Ohio State University where she earned her BSN.

She started her nursing career in 1980 as an ICU nurse at Fairview General Hospital. This was the same year that brought Mary and her husband, John, together. They both worked at Fairview Hospital, but they met while working on a show at Clague Playhouse in Westlake, Ohio.

After dating for about a year, while driving home from visiting Mary’s parents in Atlanta, a very informal discussion started about getting married…so that’s what they did. No fancy proposal necessary. This would be the way they would live their life together. Mary and John were married at St. Bernadette Church on October 9th, 1982.

On June 17, 1985, Mary’s dream of becoming a mother came true. Nicholas John Goers (Kyle) was the first of their four children. Brendan Lloyd Goers (Emily), Candace Marie Abbott (Chad) and Julianna Elle Palitto (Corey), followed.

Mary, always the ultimate “learner”, tackled some amazing jobs as a nurse. She was proud to have served on the first ever Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Intensive Care Transport Team. She had the opportunity to fly on helicopters and planes, as well as, ground transports. Mary had decided that she only wanted to take care of “little butts” for the rest of her career.

After the excitement of the transport team, Mary decided to settle in to a job in Fairview’s Pediatric Department. She even went back to school to get her Masters Degree in Acute Pediatric Care at the age of 59. She just kept learning. The Nurse Practioner field just wasn't for her and she returned to bedside nursing. Her true love. Working with so many people that would become lifelong friends, Mary didn’t think it could get any better… until Candace (who followed in her mom’s footsteps to become a nurse) came to work with her in the same unit, the same shift. Candace had the opportunity to learn from the best nurse ever to work in Pediatrics!

After seeing her mom and big sister become nurses, Julianna Palitto, decided she wanted to become an RN as well. Mary’s compassionate care was extended to so many patients, and will continue through “her girls”.

While Mary was always so proud of her girls, she was equally proud of her boys. After years of telling Nick to turn off the computer when he was younger, Mary and John realized that all that time Nick was learning. When Brendan told them of his plan to pursue a degree in “Music Technology”, Mary and John wondered if he could make a living doing that. With Nick as Vice President of Technology at Company 119, and Brendan working as Tour Manager and Front of House Audio Engineer for multiple bands, Mary and John just could not be more proud of their boys.

The years were kind to the Goers family as the kids got married and soon there were six grandchildren. Lena Spinner (9), Max Abbott (6), Aiden Abbott (3), Olivia Goers (3), Liam Abbott (3 months) and Silas Palitto (2 months), brought so much joy to Mary’s life! It was truly a blessing that Mary got to meet Liam and Silas before she passed.

In between all this, Mary and John found the time and the means to build their dream home. A dream they shared for 37 years, finally came true in 2017. During the last 14 months of Mary’s life, she often mentioned how happy she was that they didn’t put off the build so she could enjoy the “cabin on the lake”.

Mary was so many things to so many people. Her motto in life was, “just be nice”. This trait lives on in her family and so many of her friends. She will be remembered for so many things…her laugh…her smile…her nursing skills…her gentle loving ways with her children and grandchildren…her generosity…but more than anything, her love of God and her family.

Mary fought a brave battle against pancreatic cancer for 14 months. She maintained a positive attitude and lived each day to the fullest. She joined her parents and in-laws in the arms of our Lord on November 11th, 2022.

Celebration of Life for Mary Goers

Heartland Community Church
3400 Weymouth Rd, Medina, OH 44256

December 10, 2022,

Memorial Service
11:00 AM

12:00 PM

Scan the QR code on the attachment to RSVP.

In lieu of flowers, Make Someone Smile!

If you would like to make a donation in Mary’s honor, please consider the following charities and non-profits:

St. Edward High School Performing Arts Department
Fairview Hospital Child Life Program
Heartland Community Church - Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Donate to your favorite charity in Mary's name

Posted on: December 1, 2022

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Mary Frances Goers

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