Corale was born Feb. 25, 1935 in Rapid City in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She was the only child of Gordon A. and Marguerite E. (Huntington) Steele.

In 1947 her family moved to Hot Springs in the southern Black Hills. Corale was in sixth grade at the time, and one of her first acquaintances in the new town was George Goesch, a fifth grader, whom she eventually married when both were out of high school in 1954.

Two sons, Sam and Joel, and daughter Tamara all arrived within the first few years while her husband attended the University of South Dakota.

After college, Corale and her family moved to the Seattle area and then on to LaGrande, Ore. where daughter Rosemary was born. Finally, after permanently settling in Salem, son George was born.

In Salem, as family finances improved and children grew, Corale blossomed in the arts–piano, singing, flower arranging, clothing design, and creative stitchery that won first prizes at several Oregon State Fairs.


Corale’s principal focus was the proper raising of her children. She insisted on Christian education to set their moral compasses, and believed a mother’s primary task was turning children into responsible, productive, well-tempered and caring adults.

With her family successfully raised, Corale indulged her love of history. She acquired and treasured countless books on the history of Oregon and her native state of South Dakota.

By virtue of her family’s early settlement in Deadwood, South Dakota, CoraIe was a member of the Black Hills Pioneer Society. And with several of her ancestors having fought in the Revolutionary War, she was an enthusiastic member of the DAR.

The loyal, faithful, hard-working wife and mother moved on to heaven, peacefully and unafraid, on Sept. 13, 2013.

Corale is survived by the loves and joys of her life: husband George, her children Samuel (Victoria), Joel (Margaret), Tamara (Christian) Stehr, Rosemary (Samuel) Grieser and George (Amy), as well as 14 grandchildren and eight great – grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center on Bill Frey Drive.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.