Jeraldine Opal Goudy

October 16, 1925 - July 14, 2018

Jeraldine “Jeri” Opal Goudy, 92, formerly of Mt. Vernon, Iowa passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 surrounded by her loving family at Michaelson Care Center in Batavia, IL.  She was born on October 16, 1925 in Rock Island, IL., the daughter of Henry and Golda (nee. Steiner) Hinrichs.  She was united in marriage to William F. Goudy on January 30, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Jeri is survived by her two daughters; Andrea (Mary Johnson) Goudy of Batavia, IL, and Deborah (Richard) Goudy Ward of Bluffton, SC; one granddaughter, Angela (Thomas) Ward Wilson and two great granddaughters, Sophia and Chloe, of Cumming, GA; a sister-in-law, Pauline Randall of Springville and several nieces. Jeri was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

 Jeri graduated from Roosevelt High School class of 1944 in Cedar Rapids and attended Coe College. She worked at Cornell College as the secretary to the Vice President until 1971.  As a long time member of Linn Grove she sang In the choir, taught Bible School, and worked the famous annual suppers.  Jeri had a passion for bridge, gardening, golfing, decorating and cooking.  She enjoyed fishing with her husband and spending the cold winter months in Florida. An avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, Jeri never missed a home game. She will be sorely missed by her family and many friends.

 A visitation will be held at 9:30 followed by a Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Linn Grove Presbyterian Church rural Mt. Vernon by the Rev. Carla Burge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jeri’s name may be made to Linn Grove Presbyterian Church 2000 Linn Grove Road Mt. Vernon, Iowa 52314

For Additional information, please contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • Loy Williams Andrea and Mary, I am sorry for the loss of Jeraldine. I would like to get together with you for a breakfast or lunch when you are able. Loy Williams 630-728-8835
  • Kathy I would like to offer my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. Death is an enemy. The Bible offers a wonderful hope. I hope you are able to find comfort from the scriptures and know that Jehovah God truly feels for you and offers relief from sickness and death. Rev. 21:4
  • Becky Sims Andrea and Mary, We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Mrs. Goudy when you took me to Iowa to the farm. Find peace and comfort in the fond memories and that she is free of her suffering. Love you!!