It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Lucille (Craig) Goss, 91, of East Longmeadow, who entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Lu was born in Springfield on November 4, 1927 to Harold and Lucy (Bousquet) Craig. She was proud of her Springfield roots and cherished many fond memories of her childhood home on Allen Street and summers at Lords Point and Point O’ Woods on the Connecticut Shore. After graduating from Classical High School in 1944, she earned her bachelor’s degree from American International College in 1948 and quickly joined the world of work. Her second-to-none organizational skills and attention to detail were on display as Secretary to the Head of Commercial Lending at Valley Bank and Trust, Secretary to the Senior VP and Head of the Trust Department of the Third National Bank of Hampden County, and at Monarch Life Insurance Company in roles as Secretary to the Vice President and Treasurer, Secretary to the Personnel Manager, and Secretary to the President. Additionally, Lu was a legal secretary and office manager in the offices of The Massachusetts Attorney General under both Edward Brooke and Elliott Richardson. She also owned and operated The Polished Apple, formerly a small gift shop in the Little Red Schoolhouse in East Longmeadow. Lu was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband John (Jack) Goss, who passed away in 1987. Lu and Jack enjoyed a marriage full of adoration for, and fondness of, both each other and their large circle of dear friends. Lu was the first to cheer for the underdog and to provide sage advice to generations of friends, always delivered with a perfect blend of honesty and compassion. She was an avid reader, crossword completer, sudoku puzzler, and expert shopper with a meticulous eye for home decorating, architecture, convertibles, good food, and fashion. An incredibly strong-willed woman who epitomized class and grace, Lu’s greatest gift was her willingness to share pearls of wisdom with her loved ones. Lu’s zest for life will carry on through the many close friends fortunate to consider her family. She would always say that she was the lucky one, but any of her friends would quickly tell you that she was the one friend that everyone wishes they had. Known as Lu to adults and LuLu to kids, she consistently shared her spark, humor, energy, wit, and love with the Ballon, Case, Demos, Doyle, Fonda, Metivier, Reilly, Rosien, Veres, and Wooden families. In short, she was a beacon of unconditional love, stoicism, and generosity. As Lu’s health declined, her desire to remain at home was made entirely possible by the recent expert care and support provided by Visiting Angels Aliana, Darlyn, Eileen, LaLa, Maddie, Prudence, and Sam. The dedication to Lu’s well-being and comfort was beautiful to watch and you were all very special to her. Lu’s loved ones would also like to thank Margaret from Amedysis Home Health and Sheryl from Beacon Hospice for providing Lu with dignity, love, and respect during her journey. At her request, there will not be any services, and the burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Lu would ask that you pick up the phone and call a close friend that has made your life complete. She would have done the same. www.hafeyfuneralservice.com
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