Norine Evelyn Goddard, age 87, of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away at Continental Care in Butte on May 22, 2023.
Norine was born in Chadron, NE, on June 1, 1935. She was the third of four children born to Walter and Mary Munkres. The family moved to a farm in the Deer Lodge valley when she was in first grade. She attended school at St. Mary’s Academy and Powell County High, plus one year of high school in California.
Norine married Don Goddard when she was 17 years old. They had three children—Tom, Jan, and Dawn. Family life involved a lot of team work to allow Norine to attend four years of college at MSU to become a registered nurse.
After gaining work experience, she took advantage of an opportunity for more schooling to specialize in psychiatric nursing. This was her fondest area to work.
Norine was a member of the Immaculate Conception parish in Deer Lodge. Her husband Don preceded her in death in 2003, plus a daughter, Mary, age 2, in 1957, as well as her parents; brothers Melvin and Harold Munkres; in-laws, Floyd and Barbara Goddard, Chet and John Goddard, Jody Fink, Helen Irey, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Survivors include children, Tom (Dana) Goddard, Dawn Goddard, Jan (Bill) Alexander; 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren; sister Eileen (Al) Kinney; brother-in-law Mick Goddard; sister-in-law Mary Lou Shields, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will take place at a later date.
Memorials in honor of Norine are suggested to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Deer Lodge, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Norine and her family.
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Lindie Gibson says
Aunt Norine was always a gentle and kind woman….and I’m sure her passing brought about a long-awaited,joyful reunion with her family, especially Mary…. My thoughts are with everyone at this time….
Tony Kelly says
Tom, Dawn and Jan,
It’s been a long time but I still keep track of home.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with y’all at this time. Remember the good stuff.
Tony and Kate Kelly
Anne Findlay says
Norine was a wonderful person and loved God and fellow man so much Was a forgiving person and will be missed Deer Lodge Church people and seniors who visited her in the assistant living will miss her very much she was always pleasant
Gottlieb Goltz says
Condolences Tom, I hope You and Yours are doing well as can be expected. Sincerely; ~ G-G.