Geoffrey B. Goulding

November 29, 1920September 9, 2013
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Crystal Lake—Geoffrey B. Goulding, 92, of Crystal Lake passed away September 9, 2013 at Fair Oaks Health Care Center.

He was born November 29, 1920 in England to George and Eliza (Birkett) Goulding. Geoffrey served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. During that time he started writing letters to a pen pal in the United States, Betty Vincent. Following the war, Betty went to England to meet Geoffrey and on October 16, 1948 they married. Shortly after their marriage they returned to the United States to start a family. Geoffrey earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in education and started teaching at Prairie Grove where he taught 4th grade for almost 24 years. Following his retirement he was able to enjoy his true passion for gardening and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughters, Patricia (Robert) Krejci, Kathleen (William) Freund, Julia (Robert) Blazek; his grandchildren, David (Julie) Stone, Heather (Gregg) Bonti, Kristina (Gene) Krause, Jason (Jennifer) Krejci, Dan (Jennifer) Freund, Matt (Tammy) Freund, Mandy Freund, Justin Freund, Katie Blazek, and Dan Blazek; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11am to noon on Friday, September 13 at Windridge Memorial Park, 7014 S. Rawson Bridge Rd., Cary. The service will be private.

Interment will be in Windridge Memorial Park.

Arrangements were entrusted to Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home. For information call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2013

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Jo Sunderlage

December 5, 2013

I learned only recently that dear Mr. Golding passed away--what a wonderful man! He was my 4th grade teacher, and I will forever remember him and his kindness, his impeccable manners, and that he taught me how to spell imponderable! My deepest sympathies to the family...

Janet (Yerkey) Martin

December 3, 2013

I was very sorry to learn about the passing of Mr. Goulding. He was my 4th grade teacher at Prairie Grove in the 1960's. He was a wonderful man. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Jacqueline Rudder-Tant

September 21, 2013

Janine Duerden, Prairie Grove Class of '72

September 15, 2013

To the Goulding family....Mr. Goulding was my 4th grade teacher at Prairie Grove oh so many years ago. The one thing that stood out about him was his help with teaching me how to tell time! I must have been the only one in my class that couldn't and I struggled. I remember his help and kindness and always thought of him as a true gentleman! I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

September 15, 2013

Mr .Goulding was my 4th grade teacher, and I am 55 yrs old. I am very sad he has passed. He wrote a poem for me about always running for the bus. :) I am sure he will be missed by so many...Prayers to his family ..
huge hugs Debbie Starr Jackson

Maureen (Tremmel) Hart

September 13, 2013

Mr. Goulding was my first teacher at Prairie Grove school. He was always patient with us-even when we misbehaved! He challenged us to learn and as a result I have always enjoyed school! Proud to say I am entering my 20th year of teaching~ Thank you Mr. Goulding you were a special man!

Debbie Broker-McDowd

September 13, 2013

My prayers are with your family. Mr. Goulding was a wonderful teacher. He will be missed by many that he influenced and taught over the years.

Jacqueline Rudder-Tant

September 13, 2013

Mr. Goulding was my 4th grade teacher at Prairie Grove. The last time I seen him was when my youngest brother graduated from there. My prayers go to the entire family.

Maggie Newman

September 13, 2013

Dear Julie, We're so sorry to hear that your Dad passed away. I know that you are very close to your family. We want you to know that we'll be thinking of you, and you and your family are all in our prayers.
Neal and Maggie Newman

Jeannine Anderson

September 12, 2013

Dear Julie,
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. The memories of our high school years have come flooding back to me today. Whenever I would call you your Dad would answer the phone with his standard greeting - "Geoff Goulding here". We would always laugh as he was so proper. AND he was really such a sweet man. Dave & I send our sincerest sympathy to your Mom and sisters also. Love , Jeannine (Glauser-Anderson)