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Estelle (Desrosiers) Gooltz
December 05, 2018


Gooltz, when Estelle Desrosiers Gooltz of Framingham, MA was nineteen years old a surgeon informed her she had merely a few years to live. Defiant, Estelle vowed to raise four children and enjoy a professional career. For an entire lifetime of love, and with stunning grace, courage, and independence, she accomplished her life’s dreams before passing away on December 5 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, happily retired and surrounded by her four adoring children.

She was born to the late Edward W. and Blanche M. Desrosiers of Fall River, MA and grew up in Hopkinton, MA with adored siblings Roland Desrosiers, the late Jeanette Desrosiers Ratch, and the late Herve Desrosiers. She leaves behind her loving children Robert Gooltz III, Pamela and husband Rashid Dara, Rebecca and husband Brian Struckmeier, and Frederick Gooltz and wife Maggie Moon as well as eight boisterous grandchildren Gabby Barbuto, Maddy & Ben Gooltz, Hasan, Sophia & Maxwell Dara, and Elizabeth & Eddie Struckmeier. She also leaves behind her beloved nieces and nephews Sue Bisceglia, Donald Desrosiers, the late Brian Desrosiers, Terry Syslo, Deb Vartabedian, Tom Vartabedian, and Patrick Vartabedian.

A political enthusiast, avid reader, passionate volunteer, wise gardener, and a deeply-loving friend, Estelle broke gender barriers as a financial analyst in a career that spanned decades in the government and private sector. Possessed of an exceptionally agile mind and a sly sense of humor, she travelled far, always happy to return home to New England. She relished summer lobster boils with her children, she enjoyed walking the woods near Walden Pond holding hands with her grandchildren, and she cherished the fruits of her bountiful garden during afternoon visits with her many dear friends.

May her memory be a blessing forever. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Planned Parenthood or Emily’s List. A memorial service will be scheduled in January 2019.

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Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home
1803 Centre Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132