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Paula L. Goetsch, 49 of Schofield, entered into the arms of her Savior on January 1, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born on May 3, 1968 to Kenneth and Sandra (Kareka) Gilray in Wausau. She married Steven Goetsch on September 14, 1991 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Wausau. Steve and Paula were the proud parents of two sons, Forrest and Bradley “Bubba” Goetsch.

Paula will be deeply missed, and is survived by, her husband Steven, son Bradley (Bubba), mother Sandra Gilray, Rib Mountain; Mother-in-law Sharon Goetsch, Wausau; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and families: Holly and John Jorgensen, Weston; Perry and Cheryl Goetsch (Logan, Branden and Emily), Kronenwetter; Allen Goetsch and Derek Williams, San Francisco, CA; Stuart and Kelly Goetsch (Kiana Koch, Kasey and Tyler
Vande Voort); Karen Gilray (Emily and Michael), and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Forrest Tyler Goetsch, her brother, Todd Edward Gilray, her father, Kenneth E. Gilray, and her father-in-law, Warren Goetsch.

Paula cherished her time with family and friends as she knew how precious the gift of life is. She and Steven spent many proud afternoons and evenings cheering on Bradley as he played in football games for the D.C. Everest Evergreens and then the Eau Claire Blugolds. A favorite pastime of hers was watching the Hallmark Channel and the Food Network.

Paula was a very giving person, known to those close to her as the best gift giver, always able to select just the perfect gift for each individual.

A great accomplishment of Steven, Paula and Bradley was the ability to celebrate the life of their son and brother, Forrest, through the development of Forrest Goetsch Charities. They devoted much of their time over the last eight years establishing the Forrest Goetsch Memorial Run. One of the greatest rewards to Paula was witnessing the positive impact their efforts were able to provide to our community.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson St., Weston, WI 54476. Pastor Lance Hoelscher and Pastor Jordan Balk will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5 and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service, all at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Forrest Goetsch Charities, c/o River Valley Bank; 327 N. 17th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401

Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com.

We would like to thank all of our family, friends and the community, for all of their loving care and support throughout this difficult time.

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  1. Casey Besler

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,
    I am shocked to hear your Wife’s passing. I know that this has got to be one of the lowest points in your life. Remember, our Lord says he will never leave you or forsake you. He is walking with right now Steve. I am so sorry. :(. God be with you and your family.
    Casey Besler
    South Dakota

  2. Kathy Bloczynski

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I worked with Paula for many years at Wausau Insurance. I am stunned to hear of her passing. I am sorry I was out of town until today and was unable to be at her funeral. Even tho is was many years since I worked with her I always thought about her and she left a huge impact on me. Losing her son and starting the Forrest Charity is something that will continue I hope. She was a sweet and wonderful lady and very much left an impact of friendship for me. Please accept my heart felt sympathy. I am in such shock. I send my prayers and love to you, her family. Know she will forever be in my heart. A wonderful friend, wife, and Mom I am sure. Love to you all – Kathy Bloczynski

  3. Dorothy Sherfinski

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    So very sorry for your loss!
    Tony & Dorothy Sherfinski

  4. Tina Day

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Prayers for strength and healing during this difficult time.
    Tina (Woller) Day

  5. Stephanie wage

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve, we are so sorry to hear about Paula, keeping you in our prayers. God bless, Dan and Stephanie Wage

  6. Marianne Mueller

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Family,
    My deepest condolences in the loss of Paula. My thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you now and in the future, as you grieve her loss. God’s speed.

  7. Perry and Bonnie Dau

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Love and Peace to you Steve and Bradley. Paula was a wonderful woman. Her spirit will live on via Forrest Goetsch Charities. Keeping you in our prayers.

  8. Bill and Sue Baumann

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thinking of you and Bradley and sending our love.

  9. Carl Viviano

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for Gods strength and understanding. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.

  10. Paul Deininger

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Thoughts and prayers go to you Steve and the rest of your family during this time.

  11. JoAnn Schmidt Brandenburg

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son.

  12. Lindy Penn

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Dear Steve,
    I am so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Tammy Sauer

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I am so sorry for your loss of Paula! My thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

  14. Patti Briquelet

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,
    You have my love and hugs coming your way. I can’t tell you how sorry I was to hear of Paula’s death – you and your family have endured so much. Please accept my sympathy and give my regards to all the family. Love you!

    Patti Briquelet

  15. Yer Thao

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I can only imagine what you all are going through but rest assured she is in a good place where our good, good father is celebrating with her. She is experiencing the glory of God. As we will all miss her deeply, have faith you will reunite soon. God bless you all.

  16. Wanda Gwidt Woehlert

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    My deepest sympathy to Steve and Bradley. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Tina Brown

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    We are so so sorry to hear of your loss. Paula was such a kind and beautiful person. We were lucky to have had her in our lives even for this short time. God has her now but she will always be watching over you and Bradley. You have your own special angel. Remember the good times and lean on your family and friends for support. They will always be there for you.
    Tina Brown and family

  18. Dawn & Thom Kluever

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve & Bradley
    So Sorry for your Loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you

  19. Vernon & JAn Hohn

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Brad. So sorry for your loss , Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and will continue. Vern & JAn Hohn

  20. Vicki Sutherland

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I’m so very sorry! So heat breaking to hear! God be with you all through this difficult time! I will always cherish the visit I recently had with Paula at my Emily’s bridal shower! She was a special person and will be deeply missed! 🙏

  21. Jessica Curell

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Family,

    Prayers and love to you all. I am so sorry for your loss of Paula.

    Sincerely,

    Jessica Curell

  22. Mary Dix Pritzl

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley,

    Words are insufficient, but please accept my deepest sympathy in Paula’s passing. You and your extended families are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Peace and Comfort,
    Mary Dix Pritzl

  23. Steve Nelson

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve so very sorry to hear about the passing of your wife Paula. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless 🙏
    Steve Nelson and family

  24. Jim Reetz

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Family,

    Word can’t express how sorry we are to hear about Paula. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Jim Reetz and Family

  25. David Skola

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    So sorry for your loss! Very sad!! 🙁

  26. Cindy Brim

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Dear Angel Paula,
    Your gentle smile, cheery giggle is blazed in my mind of a blessing we all should be very grateful to have experienced.
    Thank you for your love here. So sorry for the loss to your close loved ones, you will be missed beyond words to so many.
    Peace,
    Cindy Wichman Brim

  27. The Dennis Family

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve, Bradley, Sandy, and Family…May the love of your family comfort you and give you strength in the days ahead. We will always remember Paula’s beautiful smile, spirit, and generous heart.

    May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

    The Dennis Family…Jeff, Kathleen, Bridget, Grant, & Conner

  28. Peggy Brusky

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I am truly sorry for your loss Steve and Brad. God has brought his true angels home. Thoughts and prayer’s to you and your families.

  29. Coach Heckendorf

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Sending prayers your way ! God will provide !

  30. Brenda Bartz

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Paula at RVB. She truly was a gift to everyone she met. Thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.

  31. Cathy Sellers

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I knew Paula for many years from working with her at Liberty. So sorry for your loss she was an awesome lady. My prayers are with her family.

  32. Shellee Wagner

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Paula was such a wonderful person whom I enjoyed working with. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers

  33. Wilkins Family

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley,
    Very sorry about your loss of Paula – our prayers are with you guys. We had a great time getting to know her at the tailgating and games!
    Sincerely,
    Doug, Carolyn, Bryson and Brianna

  34. Cindy Weise Jamroziak

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve, Sandy and family

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. It’s heartbreaking. Paula had a positive impact on everyone who came into contact with her and her bright smile will be missed.

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit ~ Psalm 38:14

  35. Ken and Dana Zblewski

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I can’t believe it!!! So sorry for your loss. Many people (including my family and I) are thinking of you and you’re family and praying that your hearts heal quickly.

  36. Jenny ( J ) Glovinski

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve, Bradley and Family,

    So sorry to hear about Paula my thoughts and prayers are with you. She was an amazing women and will be missed.

    Jenny ( J ) Glovinski

  37. Paul Rudersdorf

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    My Thoughts and Prayers go out to your family. I had the honor of working with Paula at River Valley Bank. What a wonderful and kind person. She will be very much missed.

  38. Mary Haling Jensen

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve, There are no words deep enough to express our love for you and Bradley. We are lifting you both up in our thoughts and prayers, along with light and love.

  39. Sharon Hanke

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Prayers for the Lord to comfort you with friends here and the promise of heaven.
    Brad’s grade 4 teacher
    Sharon Hanke

  40. Gay Stencil

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley
    So sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. Sending prayers to all. Heaven has received a beautiful angel.
    Time heals but memories live on forever.

  41. Cindy Rose

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steven, we are so saddened by your loss of Paula. You have our love and support.
    Cindy and Bill Rose

  42. Ruth Vosmek

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Steve and family! Unbelievable…

  43. Vincent Pizzuto

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley,

    I am so very sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. Know that so many hearts break with yours in this difficult time—my own among them. Please be assured of my continued prayers to carry you in this time of grief. Paula was a lovely woman. May she Rest In Peace.

    With heartfelt condolences,

    Vinnie Pizzuto

  44. Laurie Dalum

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley.
    I am so very sorry to hear about Paula’s passing. I am thinking of you both very much during this difficult time.

  45. Rita & Myron Wisnewski

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve, Bradley, & Sandy… We are so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. She was such a wonderful woman! Surely she was greeted with open arms by the Lord as well as Kenny and Todd. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  46. Debbie Porath

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God bless!

  47. Debbie Fondow

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of Paula. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

  48. Marie Becker

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  49. Dee Kupsky

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,
    I am so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing!! Sending prayers for you, Bradley, & all your loved ones!

  50. Karla Green

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve sorry for the loss of your wife Paula, prayers to you and your son.

    Karla Doenier Green

  51. Sherri Wallis

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,
    I’m so sorry for your loss! Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family! My heart breaks hearing this news about Paula. She was always such a wonderful kindheartered person. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!

  52. Dianne Loppnow

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley,
    My heart breaks for both of you on this tremendous loss. Paula was such a kind person.
    My deepest sympathy….

  53. Bryan and Betsy

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Bradley, Our Condolences for your loss! Our heart breaks Paula was an amazing woman. God’s Blessings and Many Prayers sending your way.
    ❤️Bryan and Betsy Benaszeski

  54. Missy Reilly

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Thinking of you and your families during this tough time. ❤️ Remember how many people love you and are there for you to lean on!

  55. Cindy Sarver

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    So sorry for your loss- many prayers to you.

  56. William Brylski

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    My condolences to your awesome family. So so sorry

  57. Carolyn Larson

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve & Bradley,
    I’m so very sorry. I had a wonderful chat with Paula last time I saw her. She was a wonderful soul and a delight to talk too. You will both be in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Larson’s
    Carolyn, Tom, Mariah and Brooke

  58. Lori Truemper

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    This is very sad news, Paula was an awesome person and an absolute pleasure to be around and work with. Prayers to her family.

  59. Diane Yager

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve & Bradley,

    I am so very sad to hear about Paula…what an angel, friend, and compassionate person she was to all. I cannot imagine the loss you must be feeling. I cannot come up for Paula’s services but please know I am keeping both of you and all of your family and Wausau area friends in my prayers. It was my blessing to call Paula a friend. Please know I am sending you a big WVFair hug, Steve!

  60. Vicki Boehnke

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. What a beautiful lady. Prayers to all of you!

    Jeff and Vicki Boehnke

  61. Sara Bever

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    I had the pleasure of working with Paula at River Valley Bank. She had a beautiful smile and was such a kind and generous person. My condolences to her family she will be truly missed.

  62. Deneen Hinrichs (Zunker)

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. You, Brad and Paula’s family and friends are all in my prayers.

    My deepest sympathy.

  63. Cynthia Bodenheimer

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Paula was simply delightful. Her smile, her kindness, her giving nature, her sense of humor…it is a lucky family who had the opportunity to share in her love. Peace to each of you…Cindy Bodenheimer

  64. Angela

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    My prayers are with all of you. I’m so sorry. Paula was a shining star. She always made a point to say hi to everyone. Her heart was as big as the sky.
    Bless her and all of you.

    Angela Elsmo

  65. Pete & Shelly Janda

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve,Bradley, & Goetsch family

    Even though we are 2100 miles away, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Want you to know we care.

    The Janda Family
    Pete, Shelly, Garrett, Connor

  66. Pat Kloth

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and family,
    No words can express my heartfelt sympathy for you. May God give you both strength to get thru this painful time. Thoughts and prayers are with you both. Pat Kloth (former Dr. Rengel employee)

  67. Dolly and Bob Berghuis

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve, Brandon, and Gilray family. So sorry for your loss wife mother daughter, sister and sister-in- law.. . Such a shock someone so young . Cherish your loving memories. She will be with you in spirit. Dolly and Bob Berghuis. Racine Community Beach family.

  68. Kim & Shawn Buntin

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and family: Our deepest heartfelt sympathies to you. May God give you strength and peace. Kim & Shawn Buntin

  69. Penny

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve and Brad, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Paula was such a sweet soul!!!

    The Uekert’s
    Penny, Brady and Sydney

  70. Liz Pergolski

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you . Sorry for your lost of a great person. God be with you. Liz &George Pergolski

  71. Deb Woller

    01/03/2018 at 10:38 am

    Steve, Brad and family and friends,
    We are at an utter loss for words…..
    I know that this is a wound that will never quite heal, but please know how much you are loved and supported by your family and many many friends.
    We love you very much and have and always will love Paula.
    God Bless you always.

    Deb, Duston, and Wayne