16 Feb

Obituary – Maria J. Goodman

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cournoyer Funeral Home, 33 River St., Jaffrey.

Maria was born on Oct. 11, 1923, in Manchester, to James and Eugenia (Basiliou) Georgopoulos. She married Dr. Harold Goodman in 1969, who preceded her in death in 1989.

Maria was an avid golfer throughout her life and was one of the first female members of Derryfield Country Club. For many years, she worked as a model in Washington, D.C., before returning to join her brother, Louis, at Jim’s Oxford Shop in Manchester. A longtime resident of Jaffrey, she loved the beautiful mountain views and enjoyed cross-country skiing, swimming, picking wild blueberries and spending time with her neighbors. Active in her community, she was passionate about her town management and growth, often writing open letters to New Hampshire papers and participating in town meetings.

Maria’s loving parents; sisters, Vasilike Chambers and Artemis Goumas; and nieces, Deborah Gabriel and Melissa Mahoney, also preceded her in death, but her strong will and kind spirit is survived by brother, Louis J. Georgopoulos (Aphrodite) of Rye; her sister, Julia Manherz of Wintergreen, Va.; nephews, James Georgopoulos (Allison), Dean Georgopoulos (Jessica), Thomas Duncan (Susan), William Chambers (Linda) and John Goumas (Suzie); nieces, Eugenia Singleton (David), Candy Suvari, Sandra Ashby (Ron), Deta Fiorentino (Carmen) and Cathy Michaliszyn (Sonny); stepchild, Morey Goodman; and sisters, Beth Kiendl, Jane Schmeelk and Ellen Goodman; along with many grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins and friends, who will miss her dearly.

In addition to the memorial gathering held on Feb. 18th in Jaffrey, family and friends will come together in celebration of Maria’s life this spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West Street, P.O. Box 392, Keene, NH 03431.

To share memories and condolences with Maria’s family, please visit her permanent memorial at www.cournoyerfh.com.

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