Anne M. Gootee, 95, Jasper

Anne M. Gootee, 95, of Jasper, died Wednesday, June 2, at Legacy Living in Jasper. She was born in St. Louis March 23, 1926, the eighth child of Herman A. Dreifke and Anna M. (Hollenbeck) Dreifke. Her parents each emigrated from Germany to the USA in the the late 1800s and met in St. Louis.

Anne attended Walnut Park Elementary School, Beaumont High School, and Fontbonne College (on a full 4-year scholarship), all in St. Louis. She earned a B.A. in psychology in 1947 with a minor in music. She taught second grade at Nativity School in St. Louis from 1947 to 1949. She married Dr. Thomas H. Gootee at Nativity Church in St. Louis in 1949. He died February 26, 2013.

Dr. Tom and Anne moved to Jasper in 1953, where Dr. Tom joined the staff of the newly established Memorial Hospital. Anne was active at St. Joseph Church, the Daughters of Isabella, and the St. Joseph School PTA, was a Girl Scout troop leader, played in a golf league at the Jasper Country Club, served as co-chair of the first Jasper Strassenfest, and served on the Strassenfest planning committee for three years in the 1970s. She was a lifetime member of the Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, serving its president in the 1960s, and was active in Gamma Kappa (formerly Beta Sigma Phi) and Bridge-o-Rama. Her interests included education, reading, cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, bridge, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals on TV. She loved her many friends and social activities, including her evening card games at Legacy Living.

She is survived by five daughters, Elizabeth Lexleigh, St. Louis, Margaret Carriere, New Orleans, Jane Nelson and husband Stan, Charlevoix, Michigan, Anne Berger and husband Greg, Jasper, and Ellen Tamura, Bloomington; two sons, Thomas P. Gootee, Jasper, and James Gootee and wife Ting, Indianapolis; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son-in-law, James Carriere, one daughter-in-law, Denise Gootee, and all of seven of her siblings.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Joseph Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Joseph Church restoration fund, St. Meinrad Archabbey, or Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral Services at noon Saturday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

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