Janis Goff

Janis Mary Goff, 87, of Staples, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021, at the Lakewood Care Center, Staples.

A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held Sat., January 22, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. with Mass at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples.

Janis was born February 16, 1934 to Gilbert and Mabel (Lund) Simon in Gwinner, North Dakota. She graduated from Staples High School where she was a talented member of the school band, choir and National Honor Society. On April 7, 1953, Jan married the love of her life, William “Bill” Goff.

In addition to being a homemaker and raising her four sons, Jan worked at LaBonte Jewelry, Time Jewelry and Brothers III Furniture all in Staples. She was active in her church circle, was a member of the Brainerd VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, antiques, garage sales and had a passion for Minnesota sports. Most of all she loved being with her four boys and her grandchildren.

Jan is survived by her husband, Bill; four sons, Michael (Mary Jo) Goff, Mark (Julie) Goff, Patrick (Beverly) Goff and Daniel (Shirley) Goff; five grandchildren, Tom (Tina) Olson, Jessie (Carissa) Goff, Christopher (Jackie) Goff, Emily (Micah) McGinnity, Ryan (Erika) Goff and Maren (Joel) Martin; seven great-grandchildren, Riley, Austin, Charlotte, Lincoln, Merrick, Lyndie and Emma and one sister, Kathy Stehr.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Gerald Simon and granddaughter, Tina (Goff) Olson.

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