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Gogoll Grace (nee Wendt)

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Gawler has lost a tireless community worker and a lovely lady. Her obituary is shared with you………………

Grace Elizabeth Gogoll was born on 14th June 1934 to Carl August Gustav Wendt and his wife, Bertha Hulda (nee Traeger) in Temora, NSW. She lived with her parents and sister, Rhonda, and brother, Victor, on a farm in the district of Trungley Hall, 11 miles from Temora.

Grace attended the Trungley Hall Lutheran School to Grade 6 and then boarded in Temora to attend High School, as she was keen to become a Lutheran school teacher. She attained her Leaving Certificate and then travelled to SA to attend Concordia College for one year in 1951. In 1952, she was sent to Tarrington, Victoria, to do her practical teaching, and in 1953 did a one year training course at the Wattle Park Teachers’ College, at which time she was a fully qualified teacher. There had been a serious shortage of teachers during that period; hence the shortened course of study being allowed.

She was sent to Concordia College in Toowoomba, Queensland, in 1954 for approximately 18 months, but then worked as a deaconess in Woolongong, NSW, to assist Pastor Fred Traeger in his ministry works with migrants.

Grace became a teacher again in 1956 and 1957 in Tarrington, where she became engaged to Gordon Nagorcka and had intended marrying in 1958. However, circumstances changed dramatically in December 1957 when her brother Victor died as a result of a car accident. Then, out of the blue, in early 1958 Grace was offered the headmistress position at the Warrayure Lutheran School, 11 miles from Hamilton, so Grace, her mother and Rhonda lived in the teacher’s residence. In 1959 she married Gordon at Tarrington and they all moved to Adelaide. Tragically, Gordon was killed in a car accident near Tarrington while spending Christmas with his family in December 1960. Grace had been teaching in the State Public Schools around Adelaide, and in 1961 became headmistress of the Lyndoch Lutheran School where she had her mother’s company in the teacher’s residence next to the school.

In 1964, Grace and her mother did a world tour of 8 months and visited India, the Middle East, Europe, Russia and the United States. Grace had met Carl Gogoll in Lyndoch prior to going overseas and they became engaged immediately on her return to Australia, and married on 26th December 1964. Grace loved music and Mrs Appelt, the pastor’s wife in Trungley Hall, taught her to play the piano. She also played the organ in several churches where she resided over the years. Rhonda recalls Grace introducing square dancing to the young folk of Trungley Hall when she came home on holidays and they enjoyed this activity immensely. She also participated in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas at High School and played major roles in them.

Grace then taught at the Light Pass Lutheran School from 1969 to 1973 and then taught at the Tanunda Lutheran School for one year. In 1975, Grace accepted a call back to St Jacobi Lutheran School, which made life easier being closer to home. She taught there until 1981, after which she taught at the Angaston Lutheran School for approximately four years, and then did relief teaching at various schools.

During all these years, Grace was organist for St John’s Lutheran School in Lyndoch, and the later years, after moving to Gawler, played at the Zion church. Grace was very active in church duties throughout her years. She was also active in Probus and on the committee for the Royal Society for the Blind, whilst doing volunteer work for Eldercare, the Lutheran Community Care Op shop at Smithfield, which she loved doing. She did a lot of fundraising for other charities – Royal Flying Doctor Service; Red Cross; Seeing Eye Dogs; Multiple Sclerosis Society; Cerebal palsy and many more. Grace was caring and unselfish along life’s journey. She has touched many people along the way. She was a shining light to all and will be sadly missed. A true child of God, called home to eternal blessing with our Lord.

Compiled and read by Pastor Clem Traeger.

Grace's husband Carl August Gogoll passed away on May 26th 2015 at age 87.

Please click here for photos of Carl and Grace Gogoll.

Grace Gogoll
Grace Gogoll
Grace Gogoll
Grace Gogoll
Zion Lutheran Church - Bunyip 1993 0818
Zion Lutheran Church - Bunyip 1993 0818

Memories of Gogoll Grace (nee Wendt) remembers: 1964, she adopted two children, Kim and Nancy

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