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Helen T. Goss

August 31, 2023

Helen T GossHelen T. Goss, 95, of Watertown passed away Thursday evening, August 31, 2023, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Helen was born in Queens, NY June 14, 1928, daughter of James and Loretta (Connor) Ruddy and she was a 1946 graduate of Our Lady of Wisdom, Ozone Park, NY.

On May 14, 1955 she married Robert M. Goss at the Church of St. Gregory the Great, Bellrose, NY. Mr. Goss died August 24, 1998.

The family moved to Watertown in 1964. She worked as a supervisor for NY Telephone Co. Helen was a devout Catholic. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of the Altar Rosary Society, the Legion of Mary, and the 3rd Order of Secular Franciscans. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed dinner prep for her family.

Helen is survived by her nine children and their spouses, Rosemarie and Jeff St. Croix, Watertown, Stephen and Robin Goss, Voorheesville, Lucy and Peter Deep, Frankfort, Joseph and Molly Goss, Watertown, Elizabeth and Glenn LaFave, Brownville, Loretta and Bennett Bouchard, Syracuse, Thomas and Tracy Goss, Wellesley, MA, Robert and Philomena Goss, Lowville, and Mary and Richard O'Connor, Watertown; 20 grandchildren, Matthew (Gina), Michael (Carrie), and Mark St. Croix, Monica Virgil (Chris); Kevin Goss (Mai-Yin), and Sarah Urbanski (Joe); Jeremiah (Kasey), and Cornelius Deep; Megan, Christopher, and Ryan Goss; Daniel, and Anne Marie LaFave (Sarah Walton); Elise, and Emily Bouchard, and Claire Villegas (Armando Jr.), Isabella, and Thomas Goss; Henry Goss; and Robert O’Connor.  Additionally, Helen is survived by her 12 great grandchildren, Laney, Addison and Brynn St. Croix, Emmett, Silas, and Archie Virgil, Caleb St. Croix, Liena Goss, Joseph Urbanski, Alice Deep, and Armando III and Fernanda Villegas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband and parents, she was predeceased by one granddaughter, Heather Goss, one great grandson, Grant St. Croix, two sisters, Marion Canty and Loretta Kaessinger and seven brothers, James, William, John, Jerome, Francis, Robert, and Vincent Ruddy.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Sunday, September 3, from 4 - 7 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 4, at 10 AM at Holy Family Church. followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Online condolences to Helen's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., Immaculate Heart Central School, 1316 Ives St., or Precious Blood Monastery, 400 Pratt St., all in Watertown, NY 13601.

Helen's family would like to express special thanks to her caregivers Margaret Deperrior, Lisa Perry, and Kim Kehoe and to her hairdresser Sarah Bancroft whom she looked forward to seeing each week.


#23 Patty Spicer 2023-09-10 10:16
Helen was a special lady. After her last of 9 children began kindergarten, Helen decided to babysit my first born son, Shawn. He was just a baby but I'm sure if he could talk then he would've told me how much he enjoyed being with Helen and how much he loved the attention her children showed him when they returned from school. John and I send our heartfelt condolences to all the family. May your sweet mom rest in peace.
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#22 Anna DeVito 2023-09-09 07:42
Lucy, Joe and the Goss family.
Thinking of you all at this time. Sending prayers and hugs.
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#21 James Rappaport 2023-09-04 20:42
Steve, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember during our many talks about Lake Ontario/1000 Islands you mentioned your Mom was still up in the area. Best to your family. Jim
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#20 Mary Maphey Davis 2023-09-04 12:14
Dear Liz, Loretta, and all of the Goss family: Liz and I, along with other HFS classmates, recently reminisced about your family, and in particular, your mom. What great times we all had at parties for the kids and just playing in your yard! Blessings and condolences to a wonderful family. Mrs. Goss will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.
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#19 Sue Reff - Shean 2023-09-04 09:43
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom ( and Dad) were such great friends to my mom and dad, John and Lorraine Reff. Helen was such a great women. She will be missed by all. Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to all of you. May she rest in peace.

Sue Reff Shean
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#18 Glen Grant 2023-09-03 21:22
To Goss family we send our deepest condolenses . She was a wonderful mom and a very nice person .
Our sympathy to all , Rose , Steve, Joe, Lucy , Elizabeth ,Tom ,Robert , Loretta and MAry .
I was so sorry to see your moms passing .
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#17 Liz Ruddy 2023-09-03 19:27
My heart is broken for you all. I wish I could be there with you but I’m recovering from surgery and couldn’t make the trip.

I have so many wonderful memories of Watertown and my visit with you all when I was young. Your mom always made me feel special, and always made me feel like she was truly interested in who I was and how I was doing.

I know she’s in a better place and I see her with Uncle Bob, Pop and Muzzy, and all her siblings up in heaven having a grand old time being together again.

Rest in peace Aunt Helen and thanks for all the wonderful childhood memories I have of you and your family.

Much love, Liz
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#16 Maureen Meltzer 2023-09-03 16:54
My husband Doug and I send sincere condolences to our Goss cousins. I have fond memories of Aunt Helen as a warm, caring person and wonderful mother. I hope you will find comfort in your many happy memories. Maureen Doyle Meltzer
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#15 Carol Kornneyer 2023-09-03 15:33
Lucy, I am so sorry about your loss. I know that you were very close with your mother and I’m glad that you got to spend many years with her love Carol.
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#14 Betsy Thompson 2023-09-03 08:09
Dear Rose, Jeff, & Goss Family.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.
Betsy Thompson & Geno Hocutt
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