Ethel Marie Goehring


Ethel Marie Goehring, 92, passed away on July 20, 2019 at Brookdale Sunrise Creek Senior Living in Montrose Co.  Caring for her up to her passing was Mentor K. Goehring her beloved husband of almost 70 years, and the exceptional caregivers at Sunrise. Born January 21, 1927 in Willmar Minn, Ethel was the daughter of Hjalmar and Clara Peterson, growing up on the family farm.  She is survived by her brother Dennis Peterson and sister Dorothy Hansen.  Another brother Kenneth Peterson and sister Harriet Peterson predeceased her.  Ethel has three surviving children, Susan Baldini, Craig Goehring and Mark Goehring; three grandchildren, Zoe Goehring, Brianne Binder, and Rhys Goehring; and two great grandchildren Ella Binder and Emery Binder.   Ethel developed her amazing work ethic in the rural farming community of Kandiyohi County, participating in 4H Club and graduating from Willmar HS.  Being an adventurer that will later show in her many travels with Ment, after graduation she moved with a high school friend to Laguna Beach Ca where she worked for Ms. Raymond, a prominent resident of the community. Moving back to Minn to first care for her ailing mother, Ethel then started business school in St Paul before marrying Ment after his return from the military.  Ethel and Ment first met in the fourth grade. Ethel and Ment moved back out to Ca where he began his employment of 42 years with NCR and they raised their family in the Ca cities of Long Beach, Lancaster, Santa Rosa, and Novato before moving to Tucson Az in 1969.  In addition to homemaker, Ethel was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, and also managed a real estate office.  She loved to entertain and was active in Lutheran churches every place they lived.   After Ment’s retirement they moved to Durango Co where they met many new friends and were active in the outdoors, hiking, ATVing, and snow shoeing, many times with Ethel leading the way.  They traveled the US in RVs and with various travel groups visited over 60 countries including China, Russia, Australia and Iceland.  In 2009, Ethel and Ment moved to Montrose Co where again they met many new and wonderful friends that have been so caring and supportive as they entered their 90’s.   Besides international travel and hiking the many high passes of the Southwest, Ethel was known for her signature pie, lemon meringue. She claimed the secret was using Arizona lemons. Her grasshopper pie came in a close second. She was also famous for her Swedish meatballs, homemade rolls and traditional holiday treats lefse and krumkake. Ethel was always there to help others and was a great volunteer.  She canned, baked, flipped pancakes at fund raisers, and helped kids with vision tests. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious, with many believing she was much younger than she actually was.   A memorial service for Ethel will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Montrose Co at 11:00am on Friday August 16th.