Jean Marie Goebel

November 13, 1929November 1, 2018

“All artists use their imagination…like borrowing a story from the future”.

Jean Liederbach Goebel, 88, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2018 with her family by her side. Jean was born November 13, 1929 in Cuyahoga County, OH to the late Theodore and Anne (Pejsa) Liederbach.

Jean grew up loving art and won a scholarship to Cleveland Institute of Art. She was a well-known free-lance fine artist in the Charlotte region and worked with various commercial companies and private individuals throughout her years as an artist. She was a member of the Gaston County Art Guild and Southern Arts Society Incorporated and donated many art renderings to businesses, churches and other professions in Gastonia. She also had the opportunity to illustrate several children’s books, taught art for several years and was the Arts Director for Arts Engraving Company Incorporated. Jean was also a gifted seamstress and enjoyed designing clothes for her family as well as businesses. She had a special place in her heart as a board member and volunteer for Gaston Residential Services for over thirty years and befriended a special lady named Liz who was always included with the Goebel family gatherings. Jean was a beloved, wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Pete Goebel of Midland, NC, Tom Goebel (Penny) of Tega Cay, SC, Susan Robinson (Ed) of Weddington, NC; grandchildren, Jason Goebel (Taryn), Josh Goebel (Angela), Allison Killowitz (Kerry), Will Goebel (Ashley), Tyler Robinson (Jordan) and Lauren Robinson (fiancé Bryson Rider); brothers, Tom Liederbach of Gates Mills, OH, Ted Liederbach of Willoughby, OH; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Bregitzer of Mayfield Heights, OH; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband of over sixty years, William Goebel; sister, Sister Mary Lynn, SND; daughter-in-law, Edwina Goebel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gastonia on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Reverend Father Lucas Rossi will preside.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Arts Society, 301 N. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086; Gaston Residential Services; St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

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The staff at Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the Goebel family.


  • Pete Goebel, Son
  • Tom Goebel and wife, Penny, Son
  • Susan Robinson and husband, Ed, Daughter
  • Jason Goebel and wife, Taryn, Grandson
  • Josh Goebel and wife, Angela, Grandson
  • Allison Killowitz and husband, Kerry, Granddaughter
  • Will Goebel and wife, Ashley, Grandson
  • Tyler Robinson and wife, Jordan, Grandson
  • Lauren Robinson and fiance, Bryson Rider, Granddaughter
  • Tom Liederbach, Brother
  • Ted Liederbach, Brother
  • Mary Lou Bregitzer, Sister-in-law
  • William Goebel, Husband
  • Sister Mary Lynn, SND, Sister
  • Edwina Goebel, Daughter-in-law
  • Jean also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews

  • Southern Arts Society
  • Gaston Residential Services
  • St. Michael's Catholic Church


  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jean Marie Goebel

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Nancy Lemke

November 13, 2018

What a wonderful friend Jean was to me and mine. Spending time with Bill & Jean either in our homes or out & about was always so much fun. I met Jean thru Bill when we worked together for Gaston Co., and it was there that we discovered we were from the same area in Cleveland, OH, instant connection!! Thru Bill I came to know Jean and the rest of the family...some special times were spent with them. Jean had a great sense of humor! My fav story to tell, which u may have heard before, is the painting or chalk she created of the cat in the tree. She made several trips by this cat in the tree and finally came by with a camera to snap a pic. Jean was fascinated how the cat was so calm.....only to find out later the cat was Actually DEAD!! To hear her tell that story in get detail was hilarious!! Whenever I think of Jean I smile and think of her alot because I have 4 pieces of her artwork hanging in my house right now: they include a watercolor of our first house, and a chalk of my son David. Probably a couple of things in a drawer somewhere that haven't made it to a wall yet. When I speak about Jean around my kids they always mention the visits to her house because she had the toy drawers in a bedroom, great memories! Jean was so encouraging to me and called every now & then about whatever she found out I was doing: acting, baking contests and so forth. I loved how she always called me "old friend". Gonna miss those calls and that smile! Rest now my old friend....

Ron Shepard

November 13, 2018

Jean was a neighbor and friend who shared a common interests in art. She was an inspiration to all who met her; her pleasant smile and encouraging ways helped pave the way for many who were or are interested in art. She was a fellow member of the Southern Arts Society. I will cherish our many conversations together and times I spent talking with her at Southern Arts, and times I took her to pick up her car that seemed to find its way to the mechanics quite often (LOL). She'll be missed.

Johnsie Reavis

November 12, 2018

Jean had that warm glowing smile that made everything a little brighter. She was so very talented and gave inspiration to all. Her pages in the SASI calendars will be remembered. She gave so freely her time, always volunteering and showing up for a meeting .

Diane McGuckin

November 5, 2018

So sorry for your loss.My prayers to all of you. The gang is back together again! May they all R.I.P.

Carol Lowry

November 5, 2018

I can't imagine the art community without Jean--she contributed so much energy, ability, good humor, encouragement--and she provided a great connection to her brother Tom for us. A huge empty space now--

Chris Tessnear

November 4, 2018

Jean has been my friend, art buddy, birthday buddy and inspiration for so very long. She always encouraged, showed interest and compassion. I will miss her terribly.

Cass Roberts

November 3, 2018

I met Jean when I volunteered with Arts on Main. We even shared a corner during a show there where she displayed a lovely professionally tailor-made blue coat with trim, one of the many delightful pieces she had made during the course of her life. I was delighted and honored that her elegant coat was paired alongside my novice artist attempt at a recycled velvet blue hat with an assortment of braided scarves attached to it. I saw Jean time to time over the course of years, either at shows, Arts on Main, or at SASi, and I was always impressed with her joy of life, with her mischievousness and quick wit, as well as her spirit of volunteerism in the art community. She will be missed. God Bless her and her family, friends, and fellow artists, like me, who adored her!

Jacqueline Dunford

November 3, 2018

I will always remember Jean as a beautiful lady who was always dependable and willing to help whenever asked, she never said no. I loved her art and she will be greatly missed! My condolences to her family.