Joan Gooding

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Joan Lee Gooding, nee Schwellensattl, 80, of Lake Ozark, MO, formerly of Belleville, IL, born September 30, 1939, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Dammert Geriatric Center at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.

Joan worked as a cook for both St. Albert the Great Catholic Grade School in Fairview Heights, IL and for School of the Osage in Lake Ozark, MO from where she retired. Joan and her husband, Roland lived for many years and raised their family in Belleville, IL until 1980 when on vacation they fell in love with the Lake of the Ozarks and decided to make their home there. Gracious hosts, Joan and Roland took every opportunity they could to entertain and invite their many friends and family members to join them at their lake home for vacations, parties, and celebrations. Joan was a dedicated member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and was an active volunteer in their many organizations. A devout woman of faith, Joan enjoyed making her home this last year and a half at St. Francis Center at the Esquiline Apartment Community at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows where she could walk to church and was able to make many more dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Roland G. Gooding, whom she married on January 22, 1959, and who died on June 25, 2016; her parents, John H. and Rose T., nee Gausepohl, Schwellensattl; a sister, Clarice (Norman) Keller; a brother, Harvey (Mary) Clinton; and a brother-in-law, Don Siddall.

She is survived by a sister, Rita Siddall; two daughters and a son, Judy (Bob) Brauer of Belleville, IL, Angie Gooding of Lafayette, CA, and Michael (Teri) Gooding of Belleville, IL; seven grandchildren, Ryan Brauer, Aaron (Casey) Brauer, Chris (Christine) Gooding, Kari (Nick) Hale, Matthew Henry, Jessica Henry and Jennifer Henry; seven great-grandchildren, James Brauer, Morgan and Abigail Brauer, Addison and Landon Gooding, and Brooklyn and Peyton Hale; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice at:

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Private family burial will be held.


17 Comments on Joan Gooding

Sharon GoodingStoddard said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Joan was my brothers wife. They made a great couple and now they are a great team in Heaven! I know they will be a great team in heaven

  • Glen Carbon
  • Illinois
Denny & Barb Pace said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2020 at 9:59 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the extended Gooding family. We originally got to know Joan & Rolly at the Lake. Many good memories of spending time together wether playing cards, socializing at the Elks or taking boat rides. Always a kind fun loving Christian couple. We were honored to know them. So sorry for your loss.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Charlie Dinan, Lisa Chapman said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2020 at 8:55 AM

Very sorry to hear about the passing of Joan. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Roland and Joan are missed very much, they were great people

  • .lake Ozark
  • Mo
Kathy Heinz Bennett said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 6:26 AM

Dear Gooding Family, My sincerest condolences to your family on the loss of your mom, Joan. We will always treasure the memories of traveling to Lake Ozark and seeing the friendly neighbors next door, the Goodings. Now, Mom and Dad Heinz can be in heaven with their favorite neighbors, Rolly and Joan. Thanks for being there all these 30 years. We love you!

  • Bartlett
  • Illinois
Sue said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2020 at 10:18 PM

Rolly and Joan were the most kind hearted people I know, it was so awesome and comforting when my mom and dad (John and Dorothy Heinz) moved next door to Rolly and Joan, Rolly an Joan always kept an eye out for my mom and dad and visa versa, then when our full families came down to the Lake at the same time, it was a blast with both our families combined, we became family, Joan was such a wonderful lady, always so happy, helpful and a wonderful cook. We will all miss Joan but as everyone is saying she is in heaven now joined in happiness with Rolly and so many other loved ones, family and dear friends. Love you Joan R.I.P we know you are celebrating you new eternal life in a beautiful place we call heaven, and someday will be reunited with other loved ones joining you in heaven. (After all it way better and beautiful place than all the stuff going on here.

  • Lake Ozark
  • Missouri
Sandy and Tim Deppe said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2020 at 1:12 PM

So many wonderful memories going back so many years! I know how terribly she will missed, but I also know how happy your dad was to greet her in a Heaven. They were definitely two very special people! Thinking about all of you and holding close all those fun and amazing times. You are all in our thoughts and prayers

  • Belleville
  • IL
Peggy Baumgartner said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2020 at 8:14 AM

My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Her love, generosity and sense of humor were a great gift. I'll always remember the fun times we had together, in a packed house or pool. Joan and Rolly were so perfect for each other. Now together again, forever. Prayers, love and hugs.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Lewis Mazzola said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2020 at 11:50 AM

Dear Teri, I’m so deeply sorry to hear of your mother-in-law's passing. Please accept my condolences and know that you will be in my prayers. Sincerely, Lew Mazzola

  • Denver
  • CO
George & Sandie Eisenbath said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2020 at 5:34 PM

Dear Judy, Angie & Mike, You were blessed with such great parents. They were such wonderful people. We were always greeted with hugs and smiles. We know that they are both happy now, in Heaven together, forever. They were both so talented, each in their own way, and made the perfect couple, We will always treasure the beautiful etched cookie jar your Mom made for us years ago. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you face this difficult time.

  • Tipton
  • Missouri
Barb Henry said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2020 at 3:25 PM

To all of the family - You have my deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. May God bless you.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Dawne Martin-Miller said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2020 at 11:57 AM

To Judy, Mike, Angie, their families and all of Joans other families and friends. I’m so sorry for you’re mom’s passing. Joan was always like a second mom to me, Michelle and Julie! As I sit here writing this I’m thinking of our childhood! Our parents Bud and Bette and your mom and dad being best friends! I can’t remember times we weren’t together! All of the vacations we took and our second home at the lake! Your mom was always cooking and laughing while she did it! Breakfast was always ready! My favorite was her baked French toast! Your mom always had an open door policy and I remember always being at your house when you lived on Anita dr! Everyone called her mom!! I still call her mom! She was the best!! I could go on and on how much fun we had and how having her as part of our lives helped to mold us into the women we have become! She is truly loved and will be missed dearly! You’re mom has touched so many lives! I love you all and again we are so sorry for your loss! Dawne

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Gerry Schulz said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Mike - My deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family for the loss of your mom. God Bless.

  • Godfrey
  • IL
Dan Wislon said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 9:18 PM

Our Condolences and blessings to the family with love and prayers.

  • Fair Oaks
  • California
Cary said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 9:03 PM

I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Stockton
  • CA
Denny & Mary Maher said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 7:56 PM

Joan, my dearest and closest friend, you were the older sister I never had. I would say big sister, but I was always taller than you. If anyone thinks that that was improper, then they really don’t know Joan. Joan and Rolly were all about fun and friends. Everyone was always welcome in their home for a meal or a week. I always envied Joan’s ability to cook the most fabulous meals I’ve ever enjoyed. But she could’ve got by with a below average meal anytime due to the fact that we always laughed so hard while were eating that we would not have noticed. We did so many things together over the 39 years we shared. When life changed drastically for Denny and I in 2004, the two of you were always there with your unconditional love and friendship. We shared many hours of private time together and never, ever had one single harsh word between any of us. We could always, always count on each other to help the other one out no matter what the problem was So many holidays, dock parties, meals out and movies… I will have enough memories to last me until I join you. I miss you, my friend, and so does Denny. He always enjoyed making your drinks stronger than you normally drank and you never let him forget it. But my heart is totally at ease because I know where you are and that Rolly is so happy to have you back. And I am pretty jealous of you because now you don’t have to read the “Jesus Calling” book any more, you get to talk to him face-to-face. We love you both, miss you both, and know that we will be with you again. Love forever and always, Mary and Denny ???

  • Lake Ozark
  • MO
Mark and Lily said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 7:26 PM

We are so saddened to hear this news and send our deepest condolences to all of the family. Mark and I will always remember Joan and be thankful that she was here to greet us when we moved to Lake Ozark. We pray you find comfort in knowing Joan is once again at Rollie’s side in heaven. Sending love and hugs ❤️

  • Lake Ozark
  • MO
Emilio Pallares said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2020 at 6:15 PM

I wish I were there to say good bye in a proper way. Mom was a beautiful, generous, thoughful human being full of wisdom and love. May she rest in peace together with Dad in Heaven, where God will be waiting for all of us. My condolences and love to the whole family, which turned into mine when I lost my parents.

  • Quito
  • Ecuador

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