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John C. "Jack" Goossens, age 84 of Evansville and formerly of Mt. Vernon, died Sunday evening September 9, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Home in Evansville.


He was born August 19, 1928 in Chicago, IL the son of John and Catherine (Treve) Goossens. He married LaVerne D. Charleston on November 10, 1956 in Harvey, IL.

Jack graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1950 and then received his PHD from the University of Maryland in 1957. He worked for Standard Oil of Indiana from 1954-60. He was a research chemist for G. E. in Waterford, NY, Pittsfield, Ma, and Mt. Vernon for 28 years. He was a member of the American Chemical Society. He was a past Grand Knight at Council #4360 in Scotia, NY. He was president of the St. Vincent DePaul Society for 18 years and the 1st president of the Ozanam Family Shelter in Evansville. He and his wife LaVerne were recipients of the Simon Brute Award in 1997. He was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife LaVerne of Evansville; one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Deanna Goossens of Evansville; two daughters and sons-in-laws, Terry and Steve Ubelhor of Evansville and Joan and Bob Everhart of Pittsfield, MA; 6 grandchildren, David (Nicole) Ubelhor, Anna, Mark, and Mary Ubelhor, Andrea (Kevin) Zawistowski, and Patrick Everhart.  Jack was eagerly awaiting the arrival of two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Albert J. Goossens; and three sisters, Audrey Jaroscak, Sr. Jeanette Goossens and Marion Pepper.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at
10 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon with burial in St. Matthews Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home at 1330 E. 4th St., Mt. Vernon. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.