In Memoriam: Laura Gooley (April 19, 1929 – Oct. 1, 2021)

October 2021 Posted in Obituary

Laura Gooley, 92, of Mount Angel, Oregon passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2021 in her sleep at Mount Angel Towers where she had resided for many years.

Laura Davidson was born on April, 19, 1929 in St. Paul, Oregon to Edward and Eleanor (Kirk) Davidson. She was the fifth of seven children. She studied Home Economics at Marylhurst College.

Laura married Arthur Gooley of Mount Angel, on Nov. 17, 1951. They had five children. Laura and Art enjoyed 32 years before his passing in 1983 from cancer.

Laura worked 30 years at US Bank, retiring in 1991. She volunteered at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center was also a member of St. Ann’s Altar Society. She enjoyed playing pinochle which is how she met her second husband, Arnold Zollner. They married in 1992 and shared 13 years together until his passing in 2005.

Laura is survived by her children, John (Diane) of Mount Angel, Bob (Karen) of Salem, Oregon, Janice (Rex) Anderson of Salem, and Tim of Mount Angel. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and son-in-law Gary Schonbachler. She was preceded in death by husbands Arthur and Arnold, her parents, six siblings, her daughter Donna Schonbachler, daughter-in-law Suzanne, grandson Matthew Anderson and great granddaughter Finley Brackinreed.

Services were held on Oct. 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, directed by Unger Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Angel Abbey.

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