Catherine E. Goforth

November 6, 1919September 14, 2020
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Catherine E. Goforth, 100 years, died Monday, September 14, 2020 at her home in Clarksville, Indiana. She was surrounded by her loving family.

She was a native of New Bedford, MA. She graduated from New Bedford High School and from Kenyon-Campbell Business College in Massachusetts. Catherine met William Goforth at a USO New Years Eve Party in 1944/45. William was at basic training for PT Boats to serve in the South Pacific. Upon his return after the war they were married in 1948 and moved to Clarksville where they raised their family. Catherine and William were married 61 years when William passed away in 2009.

Catherine led a full and active life in Clarksville for 72 years. She served and belonged to many civic and social organizations through the years. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was on the Board of Directors, Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Center; Clarksville High School P.T.A (President); Commodore of the Port, Jeffersonville; Toastmasters (President), Jeffersonville; Kentucky Colonels; Boy Scouts of America (Den Mother); Purdue Extension; You & I Home Demonstration Club and Clarksville Little Theatre. Catherine was also very active in Clarksville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) and named Woman of Achievement in 1971. She was active in the Clarksville Sisters Cities Club; Clarksville Historical Society; Tri County Shrine APET Guild holding various offices. She was a member of the Southern Indiana Realtor Association (SIRA); VFW, Auxiliary, New Albany Post 1693; P.T. (Patrol Torpedo) Boats Association (WWII); National Association of Retired & Veteran Railroad Employees (NARVE). Catherine’s Masonic memberships included Order of the Easter Star: Bright Start #532 and La Belle #419 Chapters; Daughters of the Nile, ISIS #41 and HADI Temple, Evansville.

During her years in Clarksville Catherine was employed as Executive Director of the Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association; administrative assistant Army & Air Force Exchange, Charlestown, IN; Clark County Auditor’s office, payroll and benefits assistant, and was a Realtor with several real-estate companies.

Catherine is survived by her three children: Thomas (Cheri) Goforth, Meza, AZ; Catherine Laake (Doug Jaques), South Bend, IN; Rebecca Goforth (Joel Lamp), Burlingame, CA. She leaves behind four grandchildren: James Goforth, Marc Goforth, Ann (Brian Schatz) Laake and Eric (Kara) Laake. Catherine has ten great grandchildren and three great, great grand children.

Drive Through Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana 47150.

In person visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana 47150.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road with burial to follow in Kraft Graceland Memorial Park. Friends and family that are unable to attend services, are welcome to view services on Facebook Live by visiting

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229 or Catalyst Rescue Mission, c/o Park Memorial United Methodist Church, 1820 Park Place, Jeffersonville, IN 47130.



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    Friday, September 18, 2020

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September 25, 2020

I just learned from my friend Scotty about Catherine's passing. I was her chaplain at Westminster Village for the last several years but because of the pandemic I have not been able to visit or lead the weekly Vespers service.

Please accept my condolences. You all took such good care of her.

Peace to you,
Chaplain Joe Bradley

Kyle Murphy

September 20, 2020

Rebecca, my sister Peggy shared this page with me today. I am so sorry for your loss. The death of a parent, and a mother in particular, leaves such a hole in our hearts. I’ll be thinking of you and your family this week. I so enjoyed the video tribute and had forgotten how much you resembled your mother. And you’ve always had her sense of fun and gaiety. I’ll never forget playing the pump organ in your living room. She thought it such fun and would encourage us on. Take care of yourself and those you love. Best, Kyle

michael maschmeyer

September 19, 2020

I just learned of the passing of your mother. She was so uniquely wonderful and an inspiration to all of us. She was so active and always had a story to make me smile.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike Maschmeyer

Rosalie Lamping

September 18, 2020

To Cathy, Thomas and Rebecca:
You are so fortunate to have Catherine and William as your parents. They were the best people in the world in every way.
Our family was so fortunate to have been your neighbors. We were a part of many events in your lives and those are precious memories. Words can never express how grateful I am to have known the Goforth family.

Joel Lamp

September 18, 2020

She was a great mother in law and a wonderful person. I am so happy some of her great qualities were handed down to my wife. I will miss her. Love Joel

Don McDonough

September 18, 2020

On behalf of my father, Don McDonough, he wants to express his deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. She and William were a remarkable couple. May they Rest In Peace together. Sincerely, Don McDonough and family

Pamela Halter

September 18, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother, Catherine. She and your father, William, will always have a special place in our memories. Catherine was such a happy person and so full of life, and William was a special friend through the Navy. My husband, Bill, and my father-in-law, LeRoy Halter, were proud to serve with him. Catherine and William shared lives well lived. Both will be dearly missed.

Mary Ruth Phares

September 18, 2020

Meeting Catherine Goforth was a real blessing. Prior to the Covid pandemic, she and her daughter, Rebecca, joined a number of local ladies each week for lunch at miscellaneous restaurants. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Dave & Aline Laake

September 17, 2020

We will always remember Catherine for her love of Faith, Family and Country and her love of life itself. She was so positive and uplifting . She made this world a better place and has earned her reward in heaven.

Rest in Peace Catherine. Well done.

Jan Combs

September 16, 2020

Catherine was full of sunshine and joy, always smiling, always cheerful. She will always be in our hearts and forever missed.
In one of the stars, she shall be living


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