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Joseph Richard Goossens

November 3, 1935 — June 17, 2024

Fishers

Joseph Richard Goossens, a hard-working and fun-loving husband, Dad and Pappy, passed away in his home on June 17, 2024. Joe was 88 years old and lived in Fishers, IN with his wife of 65 years, Janice (Maggioli) Goossens. 

Joe was born and raised in Mishawaka, Indiana to Omer and Cecelia (Witkowski) Goossens, who preceded him in death along with his sister, Joan Smith. Joe attended Mishawaka High School, continuing his education at the South Bend College of Commerce. 

In 1960 Joe began his work as a firefighter for the City of Mishawaka and completed 20 years of service, retiring as a Captain. Joe then began his career in the Insulation business and later a land development business. His insulation and development expertise led to many honors in the home building industry. 

Joe married the woman of his dreams, Janice Helen Maggioli on October 18, 1958. They had 3 children, Jamie (Chuck) Donchess, Jackie (Mike) Noll and Joel (Stacey). There was no role that Joe played better than that of “Pappy” to 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren (as of today). 

Joe/Pappy achieved one of his life dreams when he and Janice moved to Cassopolis Michigan and lived on Diamond Lake for 30 years. Many fond memories were made with family and friends at his “Lil’ Bit of Heaven’” lake house. 

Joe was an avid Notre Dame sports fan. He and Janice were season football ticket holders for many, many years and traveled to several parts of the country for away games. Tailgating was a highlight before and after the game with lifelong friends, food, drink and Dad’s beloved “Mickey the Mongoose”. Season tickets were also held for many years for boys and girls basketball games where Joe was able to satisfy his love of popcorn. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd, Fishers, IN 46037, St. Bavo Catholic Church, 511 W 7th St. Mishawaka, IN 46544, and The O'Connor House, P.O. Box 1061. Carmel, IN 46082.

Visitation will be held Friday June 21st from 4-8pm at Flanner Buchanan-Oaklawn Memorial Gardens (Conner Suite), 9700 Allisonville Rd. Indianapolis IN 46250. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday June 22nd at 12pm at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 15176 Blessed Mother Blvd, Fishers, IN 46037. Visitation will begin one hour prior. Online condolences may be shared at www.flannerbuchanan.com.

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Visitation

Friday, June 21, 2024

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Flanner Buchanan- Oaklawn Memorial Gardens (Conner Suite)

9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46250

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Rosary

Friday, June 21, 2024

Starts at 7:30 pm (Eastern time)

Flanner Buchanan- Oaklawn Memorial Gardens (Conner Suite)

9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46250

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Visitation

Saturday, June 22, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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