Mary Ellen Goosmann - Cumberland

Mary Ellen Goosmann - Cumberland

Mary Ellen Goosmann, 81, of Cumberland, R.I., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at home. She was the wife of Joseph G. Goosmann Sr. for more than 59 years. She has been a resident of Cumberland for the past 40 years.

Born May 18, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Melvin (Ted) and Agnes (McKenna) Donnelly. Mary grew up in East Chicago, Ind., and was a 1950 graduate of Madonna Manor High School in Villa Hills, Ky., where she was the student council president for four years, and the assistant editor of Ros Maris, the school’s annual.

Mary received a BA in Social Work from St. Thomas More College in Covington, Ky. She began her college years as a novice in the Order of St. Benedict. She was in the Pan American Club, a CYO representative, VP of the CYO, and an American Way Institute representative. She earned three letters while in school.

She met her husband Joe while at St. Thomas More. They were married after she graduated in 1954. She was the first woman to be hired by the Covington Park Service to direct a playground in Latonia, Ky., a suburb of Covington. She was very successful in her role, leading the local baseball and swim teams to successful seasons.

Children were Mary's passion and she worked as a teacher at many nursery schools and kindergartens in Kentucky, Virginia and Rhode Island, including Discovery Nursery School in Cumberland.

She devoted her time to many volunteer activities helping people through FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity) by providing transportation to medical appointments, Meals-On-Wheels and at Madonna Manor, a home for the aged and infirm in North Attleboro, Mass.

Mary loved to read, especially the Providence Journal, and she enjoyed completing their crossword puzzles as well as the New York Times crossword puzzle.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her seven children, Joseph G. Goosmann Jr. and his wife Jeannie of Chesapeake, Va., John R. Goosmann and his wife Rachel of South Attleboro, James R. Goosmann and his wife Kimberly of Cumberland, Thomas L. Goosmann and his wife Melissa of Norwalk, Conn., Mary C. Votta and her husband Stephen of Cranston, R.I., Carol D. Joyce and her husband James of Cumberland and Robert D. Goosmann of Mansfield, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was sister of the late Melvin and Robert Donnelly and Donna Jeffress.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 4-7 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Monday, Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass in St. Mary's Church, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro at 10 o'clock. Burial will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln ( To sign an online guestbook for Mary, please visit