Denise Marie Goeden
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Denise Marie Goeden, age 60 of Yankton, SD, died on Friday, January 1, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:30 am at St. Benedicts Catholic Church in Yankton with Rev. Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Fordyce, Nebraska at a later date.  Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. The Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton is in charge of arrangements. To send an online message to the family, please visit

Pallbearers will be Doyle Stevens, Doug Stevens, Dave Stevens, Dick Goeden, Greg Goeden and Bill Goeden.

Denise was born on February 7, 1955 at Yankton to Jeremiah John and Patricia Louise (Wiebelhaus) Stevens. She grew up in Fordyce and graduated from Hartington Public School in 1973. She worked at Dale Electronics in Yankton for a couple of years. Denise married Monte Goeden on June 12, 1976 at Fordyce. They made their home in Fordyce for a few months and then moved to South Sioux City, Nebraska where she had an in-home day care for 9 years. They moved to Yankton in 1989 where she worked for JC Penny's for 10 years. Denise then became the marketing director for the Yankton Mall, a position she currently held.

Denise was a member of the St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton. Denise had a smile that would light up any room.  She loved spoiling her three boys and three granddaughters and was very proud of their accomplishments. She loved camping, boating and catching more fish than her boys. She loved golf and was proud of her hole in one. Denise took great pride in her flowers and her home which she welcomed everyone to enjoy.

Denise is survived by her husband, Monte of Yankton; 3 sons, Wes Goeden and Janelle and their 2 daughters, Paige and Ava of Sioux Falls, SD; Brett and Becky Goeden and their daughter, Sydney of Canistota, SD; Ryan Goeden of Bismarck, ND;  a sister, Michelle  and Gaylen Carstens of Omaha, NE; 3 brothers, Doyle and Joyce Stevens of Crofton, NE; Doug and Joni Stevens of Fordyce, NE; Dave and Darcel Stevens of Yankton; 3 brothers-in-law, Dick and Susie Goeden of Phoenix, AZ; Greg and Jenny Goeden of Parker, SD; Bill and Christy Goeden of McCook Lake, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeremiah and Patricia Stevens, a sister-in-law, Becky Goeden Bovero and a brother-in-law, Bob Goeden.


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Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the days to come. Denise was a wonderful woman.

Kellen & Tayler Moser

Yankton, SD

We want to extend our sympathy to the whole family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave Goeden

We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to your family.

Jim & Mary DeLozier

I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you.

Jen Rupiper

I cannot even begin to understand what you are going through right now. My prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. I enjoyed working with Denise at our Mall Store she was always professional and helpful. I loved when she came in and was searching for you kids for Christmas presents. She cared so much and tried so hard to always find that special gift for you. She was a very special lady and will be missed greatly.

Monta Storm

Our heartfelt sympathies to you all during this time of sorrow. May her memory of that beautiful smile and personality shine forever in your hearts.

Kathy and Dave Greeneway

Oh Denise you will be missed, your smile, your giggle, all of you, I still cant believe this has happened. Monte, Wes, Ryan, and Brett I cannot even express the sorrow for your loss it just takes my breath away that this could happen. May you all find comfort with each other in the coming days and months, hold on to each other tight.

Jonette Anson

Monte & Family:

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Denise was a special lady and will be greatly missed. We pray for your family at this time and know that the special memories you share will help.

Mark Kirdy and Linda Swails

Monte and family: We are so sad and shocked to hear of Denise's passing. Such a bright smile and infectious laugh...she will be greatly missed. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Rick and Barbara Stahlecker

My heart and prayers go out to all the family. God be with you all at this time and help you through it. Memories will keep her alive in your hearts forever.

Bonnie and Chuck King

Monty and Family.

I am so saddened by the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Karen Frick Edler

We are so very sorry for your loss.

Rod & Jana McCloud

Monty and Family,

I am so saddened by the news. I remember when Denise was out daycare lady in So. Sioux City. She was a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kim, Kathy, Matt and Aaron Mast

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Ron and Jeannine Evans, Alisha and Adam Hudson, Matt Evans, Luke and Lyndsay Evans

Monty & Family,

My heart is very heavy as I read the news of Denise. She was a vibrant woman and had a contagious smile. I hope that God bring you peace as you deal with the loss of Denise.

Janel Tolsma, Mark & Julie Tolsma



Monte - I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers & Hugs to you.

Connie - Emprie Products Inc.

We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Loran & Kathy Tramp

So sorry to hear about beautiful Denise. She was truly a wonderful person that could make anyone feel at home around her. Her relationship with Monte was the kind of thing fairy tales were made of. She will be missed and her memory cherished.

Tasha Anderson

Monte, our prayers are with you and your family. God needed an angel and chose Denise. She was an angel on earth and now in heaven.

Maureen and Mike Staniech

Michelle and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We extend our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Hugs from all!!!!

Your Smile station family

Smile Station Pediatric Dentistry

Monte, so so sad to read this news. Ron and I are in Florida & can't be there for you and your family, but with you in spirit and prayer.

Hugs, Sheane Hatch

Monte and family, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

David and Gigi Healy

I am very saddened to hear of Denise's passing. I always loved running into her and Monte. Her laugh was infectious and I could tell she loved life. Prayers are with you all.

Steph (Sieler) Bernatow

Monte, I am so very sorry. You are in my prayers. Boots was beautiful inside and out!

Patty (Stevens) Ticknor

So sad to hear the news of Boots! A lady full of life and a beautiful smile that lightens up a room. Thoughts and prayers are with you Monte,Wes,Bret and Ryan.

Cheri Goeden


I am so saddened to hear that you have lost your best buddy. That is how I always viewed the two of you even after being together all those years.Not only husband and wife but real friends.

I am so happy that I was given the chance to have known such a dear, dear person for most of my life. My sincere thoughts go out to you, your family and Denise's family. Rest in peace Boots I'll never forget you.

Mike Noecker

Monte, I am praying for you and your family at the unbelievable loss of Denise. I have gotten to know her and consider her a dear friend who I will miss very much. I am the one who does Usborne Books at the mall.

Patsy Stensland

You will greatly missed.. I can not get over you being gone. It makes me sad that we will no longer have our lunch time convos anymore, our laughs about the day or life in general. RIP... Til we meet again.

Katrina Lindsey

So very sorry to hear this, prayers to all the family, especially my friends Doyle and Joyce Stevens.

Russ Korth

Please accept our deepest sympathies as you mourn the loss of Denise. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. May your strength prevail to help you through this difficult time.

Mark & Donna Jean Yonke

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tony and Dawn Anderson

I am so sorry you are going through this, you truly are in my thoughts,May you find comfort in this time of grief.

meagan dooley

So sorry to hear of your tragic loss, our prayers are with you.

Gary & Susie Pautler

Our thoughts and prayers for all of your family at this time, we were all blessed to have known Denise.

Jim and Connie Lange

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Denise was a wonderful person. Cherish the memories! May God grant you peace.

Darla Dreesen

So sorry for your loss. Denise was such an outgoing, fun person. She always had a smile. I enjoyed talking with her about our boys growing up. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Rod & Cyndy Anstine

So sorry to hear of Denise's passing. I always enjoyed talking with her when we worked at Penneys together and running into her after. She was always so full of life and fun stories, and her love for her family was so heart warming. She will be greatly missed.

Erika Haas



Heartfelt sympathies to all of you, and continued prayers today and the days and months ahead. I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless all of you.

Dixie (Rupiper) DeGroot

Our world was a better place because Denise was in it! I loved working with her on Riverboat Days' activities and seeing her in the Mall...a beautiful and delightful person loved by many. I hope and pray that you all will find comfort, strength, and peace knowing the hundreds of people who loved her and love and care for you are lifting you up during this challenging time. She will live on through each of you.

Pauline Rhoades

Monte and family-

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I will miss talking with Denise around the mall. It won't be the same around here. Once again my condolences.

Kevin Frey

Monte and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss of Denise. Our hearts go out to you. May God bless and keep you in this time of grief.

Steve and Jeannie Kasik and The Lugnuts

Monte, Wes, Bret and Ryan, I can't find the words that will ever express my feelings of loss and sadness. Our family will always cherish the joy of sharing a lifetime of memories with her. It's rare to find a husband and wife that were married some 40 years and looked like newlyweds. Her passion for her family was awesome and to be part of that family relationship was something I will miss forever. You all are in my prayers.

Nadine and Don Lammers

So very sorry for your loss Monte and family! Denise's beautiful smile made every person feel like a friend!

Burbank Tom and Pam

What a beautiful woman inside and out! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Buddy & Karen, Ben, Niki , Trent and Brody Hovland


Sorry to hear about Denise, our thoughts and prayers are with you at time and months to come. Keep all the good memories close to your heart and God will help you through this.

Tom and MaryLou Bohnet

Monte and family - My heart breaks for you. I have so many great memories of summers spent on the river with the Goeden's. Boots' smile and fun-loving attitude were infectious. Sending you many hugs and prayers now and in the months to come. Her beautiful spirit will not be forgotten.

Jacque Frick

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Goeden family during this difficult time.

Kevin Anstine & family

Montey, my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray for you and yours. It is so hard loosi g your soulmate . Hang on tight. peace and love.

Doug Steffen

Sending our love your way during these difficult times our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pat & Jolene Foss

Monte and family. My deepest sympathy in your time of loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam Hagge

Monte-So sorry to hear about Denise, we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Mary Fran (Weddingfeld) Courtney

Monte & family - our heartfelt sympathy is with you all. May the love, prayers, and support of family and friends hold you up during the difficult days that lay ahead. Although your earthly soul mate has left her spirit and smile will always remain! God's Blessings to all!

Donnie and Lorri Steffen

I am praying for you, and know the Lord has her in His arms. We pray that the family can hug each other and somehow get thru this loss.

Bill & Sylvia Stevens

Monte and family, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending lots of prayers from Lincoln.

Ro Walz Kortan

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to you and family. So sorry I never got to know her. She obviously had a great life!

PJ, Holly Stevens and family (Bill's son)

My sincere sympathy to you and your family, Monte and may God wrap His healing arms around you all.

Dar Miller

We are so sorry for your loss. Denise was a great person with an infectious personality. She will definitely be missed around the golf course and throughout community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Goeden family.

Rick & Nickie Anderson and the Anderson Family

Michelle and family - please know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers, and hope that you are comforted by the wonderful times you had with your lovely sister.

Janet Berlin

Monty and boys....Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We will always remember her vibrant smile and warmth.

Randy and Lisa (Renken) Eutsler

Monte and family

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Denise as Michelle big sister and always so happy! I watched the video you posted and can tell she loved her family and friends very much. I am sorry you are going through this hard time. My payers are with you as your hearts tries to heal. Love to all. Jill Wiebelhaus DeGroot

Jill Wiebelhaus DeGroot

sorry to here of your loss I've been away from Hartington long time I do remember names on my behalf and Forinash Family prayers to all.

Randy Forinash

monte, so sorry for your loss. i lost my wife last year. your wife had the most beautiful smile. loneliness has entered my life. be strong brother.

jim bigane

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