Patrick Victor Goebl
August 2, 1948 – March 7, 2020
Patrick Victor Goebl, age 71, passed away with his wife by his side on Saturday, March 7, 2020 after a four year struggle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Pat is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth (Sullivan); brothers, Mark (Janet) of Pennsylvania and Jim (Claudia) of California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Mary Goebl; mother-in-law, Katherine Sullivan, and sister-in-law Kathleen (Larry) Sebranek.
Pat was born in St. Paul, the middle son of Victor and Mary. He graduated from Johnson High School, then attended the University of Minnesota where he received a degree in Ancient History. Pat served in the Army as an electronics technician in Okinawa, Japan. After discharge, he returned to St. Paul to apply his electronics experience while completing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined Sperry (Unisys) Corporation, retiring after 20 years.
Pat enjoyed the outdoors, backpacking, biking and hiking. He spent numerous hours sailing with friends on Lake Superior and in his sailboat on White Bear Lake. After marrying Elizabeth in 1995, he established gardens at their Maplewood home which they tended together. He traveled with Liz throughout North America and other areas of the world.
Pat served the elderly starting in college with his work as a health aide and continuing as a volunteer at Marion Senior Center after he retired. He was a loving caregiver to his parents and to Elizabeth’s mother, and regularly visited those he knew in care centers. Pat enjoyed volunteering in the Guardian Angels food shelf garden until IPF progression prevented physical activity.
Pat was a humble, kind, caring man and a devoted husband. He will be deeply missed. Thanks to HealthEast Hospice, the Center for Lung Science and Health at the University of Minnesota and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group of Minnesota. Special thanks to Terry and Jeff, Colleen and Tim, Greg and Sandy.
Private interment at Guardian Angels Cemetery, Oakdale.
A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Guardian Angels Catholic Community, 8260 4th St. N, Oakdale. An update will be posted.
Patrick Victor Goebl
March 31, 2020
I will always be grateful to Pat for patiently teaching me the skills required to be a successful backpacker. I have so many fond memories of our hikes in the Boundary Waters - our struggles, our accomplishments, our joy in simply being there and taking in the beauty of our surroundings. He instilled a confidence that has allowed me to savor so many of the wonders and lessons nature offers, enriching my life beyond measure.
March 28, 2020
Uncle Pat was a funny, caring man. The world lost a good man. We are glad he no longer has to suffer. Our thoughts are with Aunt Liz in this difficult time.
March 27, 2020
I'm sure I speak for all of the members of the "SPO" group that worked with Pat during his time with us at Unisys when I say he was always a kind and thoughtful man to work with and always helped in any way he could.
He will be missed,
March 27, 2020
Pat was a humble and kind man and servant at Marian Center...he escorted and visited residents for years. He was gentle and soft spoken and was so comforting and loving toward our residents. It was an honor to get to know him and work with him. RIP Pat
From your family at Cerenity-Marian of Saint Paul (Jackie Bruns)
March 26, 2020
Really nice guy, and that is just the best picture of Pat - Just like I remember his welcoming smile. I met Pat about 25 years ago when he and Elizabeth (who is my cousin) were married. After meeting, we soon discovered that years before, Pat's Dad Vic Goebl and my Dad Ron Sullivan used to work together at 3M and in fact I had met Mr. Goebl on occasion when our two Dad's would occasionally ride to work together. So we had something in common right away. Pat was always so easy to talk with, always positive and of course one of the common discussion points for us was always about travels - they were the "travelers" in our family to say the least. These two took travel seriously! The trips that I remember him talking enthusiastically about were the house boat trips to Northern Minnesota - those sounded like great fun and I know they had good times there. I'm glad that all my memories of Pat are of him enjoying life - his soft demeanor and pleasant smile will be missed by many including the Sullivan portion of his family. RIP.
March 16, 2020
I was beyond shocked to hear of Pat's passing. I cannot imagine losing that "love of you life". My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
March 10, 2020
There are no words to express the depth of your loss. I will always think of you and Pat as one of the great love stories I was fortunate enough to watch grow. I remember Pat with a smile on his face, ever ready to help you. There was love there. Trust me when I say, if there is anything I can do to help, you just say the word.