Dorothy Goacher

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Dorothy Jean Goacher, nee Needham, 73, of Belleville, IL, born October 11, 1945, in East St. Louis, IL, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Dorothy graduated from St. Teresa Academy in 1963, then started her employment with the St. Clair County Treasurer’s office, retiring after 35 years. She worked a short time for Christian Home Care Services of Lebanon, IL. Dorothy wasn’t affiliated with any groups or organizations, but she could get lost in a good romance or mystery novel, sitting on the bank of Cottonwood Lake hoping to hook that elusive catfish, or being in the kitchen cooking for family and friends. Her specialty was chicken and dumplings “just like Momma made” that were eaten and enjoyed by many.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, James M., and Ethel, nee Gilmartin, Needham;
two sisters, Mary Wilson and Dolores Meister; and two brothers, James Needham and Joseph Needham.

Surviving are three sisters, Patricia Murphy,
Catherine Burke, and Ann Stephens;
and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

At Dorothy’s request, her remains were cremated and services were private.


1 Comment on Dorothy Goacher

Cindy Taylor said : Guest Report May 17, 2019 at 1:48 AM

So sorry for your loss. Dorothy was a good friend and we had many laughs together. You will be missed at our birthday dinners and our Christmas get together with Marla and Marie. I will miss talking baseball with you. Loved you Dorothy

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