Shirley E. Goodman

July 27, 1921June 2, 2014
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Shirley E. Goodman, age 92, passed away on June 2 at CarolinaEast Medical Center, New Bern, NC. Born in Fisherville, Ontario, Canada on July 27, 1921 she was the daughter of American parents Chester M. Eisaman and Helen Shively Eisaman. She graduated from Meadville High School, heading her class in commercial studies. Upon graduation, she worked for Talon, Inc. until the start of World War II, when she went to Frazer Brace, a defense contractor.

Shirley married her high school boyfriend, Harry Goodman, on August 15, 1942. They would’ve celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary this August. During World War II she worked as secretary to the alumni director at Allegheny College while Harry was overseas in the U.S. Army. Upon his return, they stayed in Meadville for him to finish at Allegheny and then moved to Ann Arbor, MI for graduate school in 1948. They moved to Cleveland where their children were born. In 1961, they moved to Erie, PA and in 1984 they retired to New Bern where she worked as a secretary for the director of the New Bern Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester M. and Helen S. Eisaman and a brother Chester M. Eisaman, Jr. She is survived by her husband Harry K. Goodman, a son Edward (Ted) C. Goodman, and a daughter Helen J. Goodman and her fiancé Bill Reight.

Shirley was an avid reader, embroiderer, and a wonderful correspondent with family and friends. She was a loving wife and mother. Always enthusiastic, caring, supportive and generous, she will be deeply missed by the family and friends who knew and loved her.

Visitation with family in New Bern will take place at Cotten Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 4, from 6pm to 8pm. A service will take place at a later date in East Springfield, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the New Bern Historical Society Battlefield Fund at 511 Broad St, New Bern, NC 28560 or the American Heart Association at 3219 Landmark St, Greenville, NC 27834.

Online condolences may be made to the Goodman family by visiting

Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.


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Laura Lore Bloom

June 18, 2014

Sending you all love, hugs and prayers as you face the upcoming days. Shirley was a special woman and both of my parents adored her.

Gary & Carol Rosenberg

June 7, 2014

Sending sincere condolences and a wish of peace for the family.

Linda Paris

June 6, 2014


Deepest sympathy for you and your family. Celebrate her life with stories and memories that will help you through this time.


Duane Bolkey

June 5, 2014

Dear Mr Goodman, Helen and Ted,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.
Your Mom was a great lady and always kind to me.
It has been a very long time, but I do remember her sparkling laugh.
I wish you strength and fond memories during these difficult days.
Thank you for letting me know.

Kate Kerr

June 5, 2014

Mrs. Goodman was always ready with an eager laugh and a kind word. Her smile always made me feel that she liked me and enjoyed my company. I feel blessed that I can saw that she lead an inspiring life. Go in peace, Sweet Shirley. You deserve a nice rest.

June 4, 2014

Dear Helen - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I hope the cherished memories of your Mother will bring you comfort and peace.
Michelle Bonham, Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan Stark

June 4, 2014

I will never forget what a great Mom she was to me. And the happy days and nights we spent at your house, in Erie. I will always treasure those memories.

Christine Eisaman McDonald

June 4, 2014

Uncle Harry, Ted & Helen....I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Shirley's passing. It was so good to talk to you and Ted, Uncle Harry. All the memories of our many, many holidays, picnics, week long summer sleepovers and visits too numerous to mention, keep flooding my mind the last couple days. She lived a great life and was loved by so many people. She touched lives far and wide. Her laugh will always ring in my ears. I feel privileged to have been her niece. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I will see you at the service in East Springfield, PA. Love to you all always, Chris

American Heart Association

June 4, 2014

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Karen Crenshaw

June 3, 2014

To Mr. Goodman, Helen and Ted,
Jon and I extend our deepest sympathies to you at this time of sorrow and loss of a wonderful wife, mother and friend.
Love, Karen
Love, Karen and Jon