Marga Tilly (Maischein) Goddard

  • Born: December 19, 1927
  • Died: June 30, 2017
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Marga Tilly (Maischein) Goddard, 89, died Friday morning, June 30, 2017, at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. She was born December 19, 1927, in Frankfurt, West Germany and was an only child of Eleonore H. Andres.

A very, brave young girl, Marga was 19 when she came to the United States with Master Sergeant Winfred B. Goddard, Sr.; they were married on July 16, 1947 in Chicago, IL; they moved to Battle Creek, MI in 1949 and she became a U.S. citizen in 1951.

Marga worked a short time for the Kellogg Company and Cellofoil. She worked 10 years as a loyal employee in the produce department of Cut Rate Supermarket.

Marga was a spunky 95 pound, one of a kind woman with a dry sense of humor. Through the years she had many very good friends. Marga rarely complained about anything. She liked being at the Medical Care facility because "they fed her 3 meals a day and all the coffee she could drink." Her favorite food was a McDonalds cheeseburger meal with a chocolate shake.

Marga is survived by two sons, Winfred B. (Sue) Goddard, Jr., and Harry W. (Linda) Goddard and one daughter, Harriett Wilbrandt. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Marga was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Sr. in 1995. Marga will truly be missed by many!

The Graveside Service to celebrate Marga's life will be held on Friday, July 7th at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek with Rev. Travis Davis, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marga's honor may be directed to the Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek is assisting Marga's family with her arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Marga used to share her stories of Germany with me & we would exchange little German phrases back & forth because, I spent almost 3 years over there with my husband who was in the military. It was always kind of neat to see her face when I'd tell her my daughter was born over there, & the spark in her eye when I said "Guten Tag, Marga, Vie Gietz?" She'd reply "Prima! ". I'm going to miss her smile & needing to hold my hand.

Posted by LouAnn Burke - Hastings, MI - Friend   July 06, 2017

Sorry to hear of your loss Linda & Harry. It is never easy to say "Goodbye' no matter the reason. She appears to have been quite a 'colorful' lady. Prayer.

Posted by Juanita Howes - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   July 06, 2017