Lillian Prakelt Goss, 86

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 9:15pm
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Lillian Prakelt Goss, 86, passed away peacefully in Norwalk, Conn., on Aug, 10, 2019.

She was born on March 20, 1933 and was the daughter of Gerhard Arthur Prakelt, and Lillian Lawson. On Sept. 11, 1954, she married Donald Carpenter Goss in Townshend, Vermont, who would be her life-long husband for 57 years.

Lillian attended Long Branch High School in New Jersey and graduated from Cushing Academy, a preparatory school in Ashburnham, Mass., in 1951. Lillian was a dedicated alumna of Cushing Academy and served as chair of the Alumni Fund. In 1992, she accepted the position of Trustee of Cushing Academy. Lillian attended Wheelock College in Brookline, Mass., and then transferred to Mills College in New York City, where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education in 1981.

While she lived in Westport, Conn., for 28 years, she was active in the PTA at the Burr Farms School. She also served as president of the Wheelock College Club of Southern Connecticut. As an active member of Green Farms Congregational Church, she taught Sunday School and served on the education committee for many years. From 1973 to 1985, she worked in the Westport Connecticut Public School District as an elementary school teacher.

For over 50 years, Lillian spent her summers at the family home on Block Island. Lillian was an avid tennis player and president of the Block Island Club. In 1985, she and Don moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, where she continued teaching for 16 years. Lillian worked as a master teacher/mentor for the Stern Center for Language and Learning.

The life of Lillian Prakelt Goss exemplifies one of serving others. Through her dedication to her family, her church, and through her teaching, she shared the gift of knowledge, faith, joy, hope, and love to those who were fortunate to walk the path of life together with her.

Lillian is survived by her children, Diane Catherine Goss Farrell, Jonathan Carpenter Goss, Thomas Carpenter Goss, and Holly Elizabeth Goss Betts; her grandchildren, Hillary Ann Farrell Prosnitz, Margaret Carpenter Farrell, Nathaniel Carpenter Goss, Claire Elkins Goss, Ethan Carpenter Goss, Eli Hunkins Goss; and her great-grandchildren, David Carpenter Prosnitz, Sarah Lillian Prosnitz, and Elizabeth Farrell Prosnitz.

A celebration of Lillian’s life will be held in Hanover in the fall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in memory of Lillian Goss to Cushing Academy, 39 School St., Ashburnham, Mass. 01430.