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Obituary for Joseph T Goracke

Joseph T. Goracke, 64, of rural Sterling, died Sunday morning, September 24, 2017 at his home following a battle with cancer. He was born on August 30, 1953 at Tecumseh and graduated from Sterling High School in 1971. He married Suzanne I. Wusk on September 22, 1973 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of St. Mary. He worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for over 40 years and also farmed. He was a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a charter member of the Deer Creek Sodbusters. He enjoyed going fishing and hunting, but especially loved being with his kids and grandkids.

Survivors include his wife Suzie of Sterling; daughter, Julie (Erik) France of Olathe, KS; three sons, Brian (Corinne) Goracke of Hastings, Steve (Kim) Goracke of Olathe, KS, and Pat (Amy) Goracke of Sterling; seven grandchildren, Justyn France, Carter France, Drew Goracke, Hailey France, Izabelle Goracke, Elle Goracke and Brianne Goracke; four sisters, Susan (Jim) Clark of Idaho Falls, ID, Theresa (Paul) Schmit of Steinauer, Cathy Gillette, and Jane (Dan) Dougherty all of Lincoln; brother, Ralph (Christine) Goracke of Punta Gorda, FL; brothers-in-law, Harlan (Robin) Wusk of Firth and Galen Parde of Filley; sisters-in-law, Judy (Gerald) Koch of Lincoln, Marilyn Tabor of Raymond, and Vera (Dave) Sobotka of Prescott, AZ; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Theodore and Gertrude Puchalla Goracke, parents-in-law, Orville and Irene Wilson Wusk, in-laws, George and Doris Wusk, Bill Wusk, Marc Gillette, and Ruth Parde.

Memorial Mass for Joseph T. Goracke will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of St. Mary with Father Craig Clinch celebrant. Inurnment of the cremains will be at the Sterling Cemetery of Sterling. A scriptural rosary service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A memorial has been established to the family’s choice. Cremation has taken place but a register book will be available at Zink-Fox Funeral Home on Tuesday from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. www.foxfuneralhome.net. Zink-Fox Funeral Home of Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.


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