Marion E. Goodwyn, May 15, 1924 - February 11, 2017

Marion E. Goodwyn

Marion Goodwyn of Eau Claire, WI passed away peacefully on February 11, 2017 at the Dove Nursing Home with members of her family present.  Marion left a legacy of music, faith, and memories, and she will be missed by many.

She was born in 1924 in Cumberland, WI, to Anthony and Carmella (DeNucci) Gidio.  She graduated from high school and was married at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Cumberland in 1946 to Arthur Goodwyn who preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Frank, Lawrence (Lois), and Tom; her sisters Ann (Martin) Wick, Louise (Howard) Steinburg, Christy (Pat) Capra, and Irene (John) Bowers; her brother-in-law George Meads; her nephew Richard Steinburg; her nieces Marie Stevens and Gloriann Capra; and her great-granddaughter Drew Barden.

Marion joyfully expressed her Catholic faith as an active member of both St. Anthony's in Cumberland and St. James the Greater in Eau Claire.  She sang in the church choirs, taught catechism, and volunteered at nursing homes, visiting the elderly and leading the Rosary.  She enjoyed crocheting, baking, and she and her beloved husband Art entertained their family with stories and memories from their childhoods.  Throughout her life she maintained affectionate ties to her extended Italian American family.  Above all, Marion will be remembered for her love of music and her beautiful singing voice.  In addition to her participation in church choirs, she sang in dance combos who included her brothers Frank and Lawrence who played guitar and bass.  She was also in a small country-western band that performed in the Eau Claire area.  During her final years at the Dove Nursing Home, she could always be counted on to join in during music programs or to sing when prompted with the beginning of a song lyric.

Marion is survived by her four children:  Patricia (Joe) Reynders, Mary (Don) Barden, Tom (Kraig Kowalke), and Rebecca (Don Petrik); by six grandchildren:  Peter Barden (Kirk Williams), Susan (Randy) House, Jennifer (Jon) Chermack, Nicholas (Rachelle) Knudtson, Luke Barden (Amanda), and Katherine (Mark) Holzinger; by thirteen great-grandchildren:  Erin, Faith, Kaden, Isaac, Abigail, Hannah, Lucas, Sarah, Maximus, Rebecca, Molly, Joshua, and Jonathan; by her sisters-in-law Elvira Meads, Marge Lindemann, and Vonnie Gideo, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the Parish of St. James the Greater, her long-time primary care doctor, Richard Horecki, MD, and the tireless, outstanding caregivers at the Dove Nursing Home.

Visitation will take place from 4-7 pm on Wednesday evening at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home and at the church Thursday morning from 10:30 am until the time of service. Funeral service will take place at 11:30 am on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703 with Father Tom Krieg officiating.  Burial will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire immediately following the funeral service.

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Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Marcy Carlson February 17, 2017

    I remember when Marion and Art would come over and sit at my parents (Savina and Pete) kitchen table. They would talk, laugh and Marion and my Dad would sing. I am sure our folks are in heaven having a good time. Marion was such a wonderful lady! Sorry for your loss.

    Sogni D'oro Marion!

    Marcy Carlson

  2. Joyce Shangle February 16, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my sweet cousin
    Marion and prayers go out to her family at this sad time.

    I have so many great memories of summers spent in Cumberland with my cousins and the Gidio family.
    Marion always made things extra special for us, Marie, Corky, David and Richard. She had so much patience with us. She was a beautiful and special lady with a lot of talent. Rest In Peace, sweet lady.

  3. Jane Ritchie Kingzett February 15, 2017

    So sorry to see that your Mom passed away. Prayers to you and your family during this sad time.

  4. Ruby and Jerry Wilkie February 14, 2017

    Our sincere condolences to your family. Marion was a very sweet lady!! She will always live in your heart with the memories she provided. Ruby and Jerry Wilkie

  5. Jan Yates February 14, 2017

    Just wanted to say I am sorry for your loss. Marion was a great lady to know. She and I volunteered together at St.James teaching CCD years ago and I loved her smile, her joy of life and her readiness to tackle anything. She was full of life. We often gabbed before/after classes and enjoyed her when we teachers met together. Her singing voice was special, too. Loved her singing in choir. Once in awhile I would give her a ride home, and those trips were fun. As the years went on, we drifted apart. Wish I had kept in touch. She was a special lady. Count yourself lucky to have had her in your family. Bet you have some neat memories of her. May she rest in peace.

  6. Butch amd Mary O'Dell February 14, 2017

    Saddened to hear of Marion's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  7. Juli Relford (Sirianni) February 13, 2017

    I remember Marion so very well from my youth in Cumberland. A good friend of the family. She will be missed. RIP and prayers for her loved ones.

  8. Joua Pa yang February 13, 2017

    Marion will be greatly missed. I had the pleasure of being her nurse at Dove and she was always a pleasure to be around. My deepest condolences to Marion's family.

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