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June Goethel

June  Goethel

June Goethel, age 84, of Durand, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Grace Woodlands in Eau Claire, WI surrounded by family.

She was born May 14, 1936, in Eau Claire, WI to Tilman and Agnes 

(Charlamaigne) Benedict. She graduated from Regis High School and went on to earn her associate degree from Minneapolis Medical Technology School. She then worked at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire as a medical lab technician.

On April 4, 1959, she married Karl J. Goethel at St. Patrick’s Church in Eau Claire. They moved to Durand, WI in 1961 where they started a family and Karl became an Associate in the Ryan Laue law firm. In 1964 June helped Karl become Pepin County District Attorney, something they did together for 16 consecutive terms.

She was blessed with five children, two boys and three girls. June spent her entire life dedicated to her children and husband.

June enjoyed being involved in her children's activities. She was a Girl Scout and CCD Leader. She and her husband enjoyed competing in Halloween costume contests and that naturally led to her children's Kiddie and Pet Parade entries, school projects and sports. June made each holiday an event for the family. 

June acted in community theater and enjoyed being on stage. She volunteered with Pepin County Kinship and the Pepin County Democratic Party, often spending long hours at the voting polls. She enjoyed hunting for the unusual antiques, refinishing furniture, knitting and latch-hook rug making. 

She enjoyed golfing, boating and staying at the Patisson’s Radisson cabin on Lake Pepin. June stayed active with house projects, yard work and gardening. She also was in a bowling league and scored a perfect game at Club 10.

June is preceded in death by her husband, Karl, parents and sister Marlene (Benedict) McMillen. 

She is survived by her children Karl (Milly) Goethel, Michael (Susan) Goethel, Elizabeth (Gary) Schuster, Jennifer (Daryl) Eisenbraun, and Nancy (Chris) Brown. She has 11 grandchildren: Kelly LaMore, Justin (Abby) Goethel; Sawyer, Paige, & Ryan Goethel; Chad, Trent, Lee (Meghan) & Kasey Eisenbraun; Taylor and Zach Brown. She has 10 great grandchildren: Preston and Kaelynn LaMore, Landon and Brynlee Goethel, Caiden, Trent Junior, Connor, Jacob and Molly Eisenbraun, and Marley June Abrego-Brown; sisters Shirley (Chet) Morgan, Barb (Mike) Murphy, and a brother Stan Benedict.

A Private Memorial Service will be held. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Durand.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the United Cerebral Palsy, 2153 Eastridge Center, Eau Claire, WI 54701

https://ucpdane.org/. In honor of her grandson, Sawyer Goethel.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Richard and Janine Endl

    Goethel Family, Deepest sympathies for your loss, will keep you in our prayers.

  2. Diane Mack

    My sympathies to all of the Goethel family. Your mom was such a beautiful lady, always so kind and ambitious in life. Cherish the memories! Hugs to all.

  3. Kelly Jaworski

    My deepest sympathies. I have fond memories of Aunt June and her vivacious energy and spirit! She was always a bright bit of sunshine in the room. Her spirit will surely be missed by everybody. June will live on in her family. She was surely lucky to have lived a long full life and to leave behind a wonderful legacy in her kids. Love ---Kelly amd Matt Jaworski

  4. Kay Zibrowski

    Dear Karl and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you all. Your mom sounds like a wonderful lady who lived a full life. Hoping and praying memories of your mom will be with you forever. Take care and God bless.

  5. Jane Adler-Corning

    Jenny and the Goethel family, so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a lovely lady. I was lucky to spend lots of days at the Goethel house growing up. It seemed like everything was always in its place, there were always chocolate chip cookies (made with apple sauce if I remember correctly) and always a chat and laugh with June. Cherish the wonderful memories you have. They make the sad days a bit more manageable. Your mom is now back with your dad. ❤️

  6. Jenny Tulip

    Nancy and the rest of the Goethel family:

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. I remember her as an energetic, caring, witty, and beautiful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

    Jenny (Weber) Tulip

  7. John And Judy parr

    Sorry for your loss hugs to all

  8. Jean Schowalter

    So sorry for the loss of your mom and grandma. Such a wonderful, one of a kind lady. May fond memories fill your heart and bring you peace.

  9. Donna Karshbaum

    So Sorry for Your Loss,God Bless You All, Hugs and Prayers Sent ❤️

  10. Tandy Dilworth

    My heartfelt condolences to the Goethel family on your loss.

  11. Larry and Rita Gruber

    So sorry for the loss of your mother and grandma.

  12. Brent@Emmy bauer

    Sorry to hear of your mom's passing
    Take care.

  13. Barb

    My Sympathy to the Family. Good Memories of June and Karl

  14. Jerry & Sue Bauer

    Goethel family..Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at the loss of your mom. June was never one for the loss of words and I always enjoyed running into her at grocery store or family dollar!

  15. Sharon I. Gingras

    So sorry to learn that June has passed. She was one of a kind. We had many interesting visits in the back room of Julien's -- pleasant memories. She was always helpful with our Funfest Royalty projects -- several times gave lessons to contestants on behavior and how to walk and talk. Sending our sympathy to all of you. J. Henry and Sharon Gingras

  16. Mark Goethel

    Our heartfelt condolences

    Mark and Beth Goethel

  17. Theresa Dematteo

    Our sincere condolences to the entire Goethel family. June was a joy to know. She will be missed!

  18. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Sending our sympathy to the Goethel family. Keeping you in our prayers

  19. Joe and Christi Lieffring

    To the Goethel Family. June was a great friend and neighbor and will be missed, ours prayers are with you. May she be in heaven dancing up a storm with the angels.

  20. Valerene Cataract

    Very nice lady, so sorry for your loss.

  21. Pamela Baier

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you...I just loved chatting with your mom....she was a special lady.... tf

  22. Tom & Mary Jean Schiefelbein

    Karl, Mike, Elizabeth, Jenny, Nancy and families: Tom and I want to extend our condolences to you all..June was a special friend, as was your dad to our family..We have many cherished memories ( The Oklahoma musical)...God Bless you all...Tom & Mary Jean

  23. Barbara Murphy

    June was a one of a kind. Her sense of humor was unmatched and she loved her CNN. She will be missed by all who ever knew her and especially her wonderful family. Rest in peace dear sister.

  24. Kristine Polzer

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during your time of loss. June was quite the lady who will be missed by many.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  25. Janice (Bowman) Bates

    Our deepest sympathy to the Goethel families. June was always very friendly when we saw her around town. May God's peace be with you all. Dick and Jan

  26. Charlene (Lecheler) Henderson

    My deepest sympathy.
    As the days continue to pass, I hope you find comfort and support in the people that surround you and the wonderful memories you carry in your mind and in your heart.

  27. Brenda Smith

    Goethel,I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother and any family members. She will be watching over you from above.

  28. Lee Bengough

    So sorry for the loss of your dear Mam Nancy you and your family are in my thoughts.

  29. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Sympathy and Prayers to the Family!

  30. Vicky Weissinger

    Sorry to hear of your loss, she is at peace now.

  31. Lee & Char Anderson

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with the entire family at this difficult time.

  32. Cheryl Bysong

    My sincere condolences to the family.

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