Doris M. Goetz
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Doris Marie Minnie (Oorlog) Goetz, age 72, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Monday, January 23, 2017 at Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Riverview Reformed Church in Yankton with Reverend Rodney Veldhuizen officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, January 27 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a video tribute and time of sharing at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are her grandsons: Eric, Jordan, Adam and Cody Winckler, Thane Goetz, Brock Utecht, Jacob and Isaac Paulson and Wyatt Goetz. Honorary pallbearers are her granddaughters: Katie and Haley Winckler, Grace Minoui, Erin Thymian, Brooke and Jaclyn McMillen, Jenna, Krista and Kellie Winckler, Audrey and Eva Paulson, Brianna Utecht and Falon Goetz.

Doris was born May 12, 1944 in Shannon, Illinois to Harold and May (Edwards) Oorlog. After only a brief stay in Illinois, her parents moved to Avon, SD. She attended Avon Public School. She married the love of her life Jerome T. Goetz on October 7, 1982 at the First Presbyterian Church in Scotland, SD. Doris was a life-long care giver. When she wasn't caring for her children, she was caring for those in need through her work as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked at the Scotland Good Samaritan Center for many years. Doris and Jerome then moved to Crofton, Nebraska and she worked for Yankton Care Center for a brief time. In 1984, she began work at the South Dakota Human Services Center. She was a Mental Health Aide and Mental Health Tech. She worked on Pierce II in the early days and took great pride in caring for the elderly. She also worked as an aide in Occupational Therapy and finally in Physical Therapy. Doris loved her residents and co-workers. She found great joy in caring for others and often worked extra hours to meet the needs of the residents she served. Doris had a generous spirit. She found great joy in giving to others. She was a great cook in her early days putting a meal together for 8 or more on any given day. She loved to can and bake to provide for her family. She loved her children and did all she could to provide for them. She was a mother with a listening ear and sound words of advice. Life changed for Doris when she met and married Jerome Goetz. The two have been inseparable for the past 34+ years. Their love of music, baseball and stock car racing took them many places. Mostly, they were best friends walking the journey of life and love together. She was a fantastic mother, grandmother, mamo, and great grandmother. She loved to watch her grandchildren in their many activities. There will be an empty seat now, but an angel guarding from above.

Thankful for having shared her life are her husband Jerome Goetz of Yankton, seven children: Glenn Winckler of Memphis, TN, Thomas (Cathy) Winckler of Sioux Falls, SD, Melissa (Bruce) McMillen of Mitchell, SD, Randall Winckler of Lake Andes, SD, Krystal (Tim) Paulson of Yankton, SD, Jillyn (Brian) Utecht of Marshfield, MO, and Jonathon Goetz of Fergis Falls, MN; 22 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Marce (Luane) Rothschadl of Lena, IL, three brothers, Rich (Karen) Oorlog of Palm Coast, FL, Ron (Wanda) Oorlog of Frisco, TX, and Bob (Pat) Oorlog of Cedarville, IL and many other treasured relatives and friends.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and May Oorlog; son, 1st Sgt. Gregory Winckler, and her granddaughter Cyndi Woodger.

The family would prefer that memorials be directed to Yankton Figure Skating, PO Box 235 in Yankton or Tribute To The Troops, P.O. Box 272 in Circle Pines, MN 55014.

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I am shocked. Doris was so good to me in so many ways. She has such a special family and she so loved all of you, she talked about her family all the time at work. My heart goes out to all of you. Jerome god bless you. Winckler girls my thoughts and prayers are with you. Doris was so proud of you girls as she was of her whole family. My prayers are with you all.

Betty Granflaten

When I worked at HSC Doris and I had many heart to heart conversations. She became a dear friend. She loved to talk about her children and grandchildren. She had great admiration for her husband. Working with her it was obvious the compassion she had. She had a heart to serve others. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. O how she will be missed. Jerome and family, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please let our Lord's promise of eternal life comfort you during this time and always.

Heather Fillaus

I am so sorry, Romie. Lisle's thoughts and prayers are with you. Love from AZ.


I am so sorry, Romie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. Remember that you are all loved and remembered.

Cindy Goetz Guenthner

What a sad, sad day. I wish we could have seen her the last time we were in Yankton. We are all feeling your sorrow today and keeping all of you in our thoughts. I wish we could be there to surround you with love and hugs.

Joni Goetz Brummer

our hearts go out to you, Jerome and your family. We sit in stunned disbelief. our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We know how much Doris will be missed and how much she loved you all. God bless Doris and all of you.

Debbie and Ron Schieffer

Jerome --Jenna -Kellie- Krista -Carla Randy--I did not know Doris very long and met her through the girls basketball but she became a friend, Betty and I talked about the family and basketball and we enjoyed every one so much, we all have to go through the loss of a loved one and it is very hard but you have so many great memories that will last forever, Doris was a great lady and she is in a better place, we will all miss her , but life goes on, Judy and I are praying for you and Doris. Jerome I under stand what you are going through and it will take some time living alone really sucks, spend a lot of time with your family it really helps,

May God Bless all of you--a friend


I just want to say how sorry I am for the lost of your mother. I had the great privilege of knowing her and all the Winkler kids, what a great group of people. Take the time to talk and remember the time you had together. Let the lord lift you up and hold you with his loving arms. God bless your family.

Keith Auch

I was saddened to read of Doris's passing. She was truly a wonderful woman and loved by all that met her. She was such a dear friend to my sister, Gloria Lippert and a frequent visitor to Gloria in her last days. I know they are picking up right where they left off!! I loved getting my nails done when Doris was getting hers done! Never dull when she was there!! I am so sorry for your loss and keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. RIP my friend.

Mary DeLozier

I worked with Doris at Yankton Care Center and again at HSC. She was one of a kind. Always kind and caring. I loved her sense of humor. She was a wonderful women. My sympathies to all of you.

Mary Hladky

I loved Doris....always could make a person smile with her great sense of humor! She was so good with the residents at HSC! She will be missed by many! I will be praying for her family during this difficult time.

Shantelle Wiswell

Randy, Krista, Kellie, Jenna. So sorry for the loss of your Mom/Grandma. May you find comfort in your memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Beacy Nelson

I just took a chance to see if I could find some info out on Doris, and Thank you so much for sharing the video of her life and family. That's one thing I will always remember my friend is how much she loved her family, we would sit together and visit about our lives, the love of our children and grandchildren. How we were blessed to have such wonderful husbands in our lives. I so so much enjoy our short visits, but those times have a very special place in my heart. She was such a positive, full of life, high spirited person, and yes Doris you will be missed so very much by any and all persons that had the experience to meet your acquaintance. My prayers are with Jerome and the family as well, you have a long journey ahead with the loss of Doris, as time passes on you will be able to move on slowly with your lives, healing is a process, but the guarantee in the end, is one day you will see her again. Love you my friend Doris.

Octavia Flores

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