Adrian Angelus Goettl

Adrian Angelus Goettl

July 18, 1943 – July 25, 2023

Adrian Angelus Goettl, 80, went to be with the Lord on July 25, 2023, while surrounded by
family. He was born July 18, 1943, to Clem and Lillian Goettl in Mankato, Minnesota. He was the
youngest of six.

Life with Adrian was full of laughter and baked goodies. He was known as the ice cream fanatic
and fixer of all things. He spent every day as ‘yes’ day. Would you like pie or cookies? Yes.

He met the love of his life in Mary Jo Dvorak, sweeping her off her feet with an invitation to
dance and eventually proposing at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph before mass. They were
married on August 14, 1971. Humor was an important part of the marriage from the beginning
as evidenced from the wedding cake falling over in transit and a dance party in the street when
the reception hall was locked.

He could never stay still, always wanting to move and travel the world. Traveling to 49 out of 50
states, in and over every ocean and sea, all over Europe to the south of New Zealand. His goofy
personality was easy to connect with and he made friends wherever he went.

He was always wanting to work with everyone, joining the Minnesota National Guard. He spent
six years before being Honorably discharged as a 1st Sargent. He worked at Kato Engineering
with the title of Field Service Engineer. His skills and personality led to numerous field jobs,
including Air Force One and international locations. He worked past retirement as companies
would request him by name. Retirement remained busy as he was an active member of the
Knights of Columbus, attended daily mass, led the rosary and participated in numerous St
Vincent de Paul organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; daughters, Bernadette Roche (Matt), Maria Wane (Andy); 6 grandchildren: Carson, Adrieanna, Connor, Donovan, Payton, and Madison.

Visitation: Wednesday, August 2, 2023 from 5-7pm at West Center Chapel with Vigil Service at 7PM.

Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, August 3, 2023, 10:30AM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (14330 Eagle Run Drive)

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil Service and Funeral Mass, please visit and press the “View Live Cast” Button.


  • Jeannine Stier Posted July 27, 2023 5:07 pm

    Mary Jo and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Adrian’s passing. You are in my prayers. Remember he is now with those whom l Ioved him first.
    Love Jeannine

  • Kristin Carlsen Posted July 28, 2023 10:43 am

    What a great tribute! I’m praying for all of you! May you find comfort in all of the great memories!

  • Charlotte Olson Posted July 28, 2023 11:50 am

    I am so very sorry… He was such a kind man. Sending love to everyone

  • Meghan Erhardt Posted July 28, 2023 3:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss as he was such a sweet man! Thinking of all of you at this time. 🙏❤️

  • Nancy Martin- Rouse Posted July 28, 2023 8:42 pm

    To the family of Adrian Goettl,It is with sadness learning of his passing.Years ago as I first met the Goettl family at Loyola in Mankato,I remember seeing a tall lanky quiet man.To me it seemed his face reflected light.It was one of the kindness faces I have ever seen.!We left Mankato ,but years later the memorable face showed up in Omaha ,at HYVEE,,after a move to be closer to family.I recognize it right away.Both Adrian and Mary Jo were always together..She would carry on the conversation and he would stand proudly by her.He always look peaceful,,content and .happy.His face was one who really reflected his faith ,love and kindness.I am very sorry for your loss..His angelic goodness will be missed but lives on in his family.

  • Mary Ann & Larry Stenzel of Decatur, TX Posted July 29, 2023 10:32 am

    Dear Mary Jo and family, we are sending our deep condolences in the loss of Adrian. Adrian and I are first cousins. May he rest in peace.

  • George & Janet Fasnacht Posted July 29, 2023 11:26 am

    It seems so long ago and then again like yesterday. I remember sitting behind your family at mass. And all the smiles on your faces as grand children began filling the pew. May Adrien be resting peacefully in our Lords arms. Our prayers and best wishes go to you and the family. (From St. Joseph the Worker in Mankato)

  • Don and Barb Posted July 30, 2023 9:24 am

    Josie, Bernadette, Marie and families we are so sorry for your loss. That little smile he always had on his face, his knowledge of mechanics, helping in the kitchen knowing he will reap from it oh that angel pie the family alway enjoyed. .and teaching his girls everything. Wow what a brother in law .. we will all miss him so much . Thank so much for stopping to see us in the hospital not knowing that was the last time we would see him.. We know he is Heaven with our Lord and family members. Trust in God he will get you thru this. .Love you Don and Barb Dvorak

  • Don & Barb Posted July 30, 2023 12:33 pm

    Josie, Bernadette, Maria and Families we are sending our sympathy, hugs and kisses. Adrian will missed by all of us, it was great to see the mechanic he was and then teaching his daughters that knowledge, his spot in the kitchen and oh that angel pie was so good sharing with us ( family) his grand kids I bet he taught you a lot too and also his love for our Lord. He did all this in is quiet way with that little smile he had on his face. .Who would of known when you came to the hospital to see us that would be our last hug from him.. Trust in the God he will get you thru this … LOVE LOVE YOU ALL..Don & Barb

  • Jacqueline Valentovic Posted July 30, 2023 4:23 pm

    Mary Jo, I pray that you, your daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and the rest of your family are holding up well under the circumstances. You are all in my prayers and of course Adrian. I will be attending the funeral virtually on Thursday. I am grateful that you have made that possible. I will always remember Adrian as a devoted husband and father, and a generous man with his time. He never said no whenever I needed something fixed or looked at. I will miss Adrian for his extrem kindness.

  • Lynn (Portz) Cases Posted August 1, 2023 9:13 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Bernadette. Your dad always had a smile on his face! Take Care and know we are all praying and thinking of you.

  • Katie Osvog Posted August 1, 2023 2:24 pm

    What a full life he had. Such a wonderful man who had a good sense of humor and was so kind. So glad to have known him. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Linda and Michael Fox Posted August 3, 2023 2:56 pm

    Dear Mary Jo, Bernadette, Maria and your families,
    I am so very sorry to learn of your great loss of your husband and father. I send to you all my most Heartfelt Sympathy. I have many fond memories of your family from the years you were in school. Sadly the words we want to say seldom express the thoughts that come from our heart. Please know the depth of caring and sympathy this message extends to you all. May every memory you have and the love you shared be your source of comfort and peace in the days ahead as you say Goodbye.

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