Obituary of Marie L. Goodman
At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep. (Willa Cather)
Marie Louise (Wunsch) Goodman died peacefully at home on the evening of
After graduating from the
Marie loved reading poetry and fiction; drawing and painting; playing piano; listening to classical music; cooking and baking, and gardening. She had a special gift for nurturing plants and animals, and filled her home with greenery and a menagerie of fish, hamsters, mice, turtles, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, and dogs. Her home was always warm and open, a safe and loving gathering place for her daughters’ friends and her own. She volunteered in adult literacy and as a plover warden at Crane’s Beach in
Marie is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Barbara Wunsch; her brothers, Robert Wunsch and Christopher Adam; her sister, Paula Kyllonen; her former husband, Mark Goodman, and her dear friend, Susan Elbe, along with many cherished animal companions. She is survived by her daughters, Rachel de Long (Eric) and Jenna Naomi Goodman (Brock); her grandchildren, Malcolm, Garrett, Clara, Colvin, and Leonard; her brother, David Wunsch, sister, Linda (Michael) Shaw, and brother-in-law Ben Kyllonen; her nephews, Andrew, Adam Christian, and Kevin; her honorary daughter and granddaughters, Sarah Dionne, Shane Allerheilegen, and Scarlett Brooks; and many dear friends.
Marie cared deeply for the planet and all its living creatures, and she lived with a sensitive spiritual attunement to all that is real but unseen. She saw the reflection of God in all she encountered; we believe she is now resting in completeness and light.
Marie has been cremated privately. A celebration of her life will take place locally in mid-December.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Nature Conservancy.
Condolence messages may be posted at ajcunninghamfh.com.