Christine (Hales) Goetze

Born: Sun., Dec. 15, 1940
Died: Sat., Jun. 20, 2020


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 24, 2020
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Wed., Jun. 24, 2020
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jun. 25, 2020
Location: Saint Matthews Lutheran Church Cemetery

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Christine Hales Goetze, age 79 passed away in her home on Saturday, June 20, 2020 with her loving husband by her side. Christine was born on December 15, 1940 to Clifton and Gertrude Evans Hales on a tobacco farm in Pikeville, NC where she was raised and attended Nahunta School. She married Fred Goetze on May 26, 1973 and he survives.

Growing up, she learned to work hard and she helped her parents raise her siblings and was considered a second mother to them. In earlier years, Christine was employed by Burlington Industries in Goldsboro, NC as a textile worker. When she and Fred married Christine went to work by his side and they farmed and ranched. They raised registered Texas Longhorn cattle and showed and sold them from New York to Texas until retiring in 2011. She and Fred were charter lifetime members of the International Texas Longhorn Association.  Christine and her husband Fred also owned and operated Goetze Tractor & Truck, a farm and heavy equipment repair shop until they retired. She helped Fred tractor pulling and they were the Points Champion in North Carolina in 1978. Christine enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and ceramics. She also baked and decorated wedding cakes. Christine was a member of the Nahunta Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and also participated on the competition team. After retiring, they moved to Griggsville, IL to one of the family farms. Even after retirement, she farmed with Fred; riding along in the tractors, combine and trucks.

Christine was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Goldsboro, NC where she and Fred were married and she served as treasurer. Christine has helped Lutheran Family Services in resettling Vietnamese Montagnard Refugees to North Carolina. She and Fred supported Lutheran Ministries in Haiti by hauling truck and trailer loads of food and supplies to the port in West Palm Beach, FL to be loaded on ships for aid to Haiti. Also hauling food and clothing to Miami, FL for Hurricane Andrew victims.

Christine is survived by her devoted husband of 47 years, Fred Goetze; brothers, Earl Hales of Pikeville, NC and Elroy Hales of Pikeville, NC; sisters, Viola Hales King of Goldsboro, NC, Sheila Mae Hales Price of Seven Springs, NC, Linda Hales Person of Goldsboro, NC and Vickie Hales Tilghman of Goldsboro, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Gertrude Hales; and brothers, Edward Hales, Kenneth Hales and Carl Ray Hales.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Graveside services will held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Saint Matthews Lutheran Church Cemetery in Brussels, IL. Memorials are suggested to be made to Lutheran Hour Ministries. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Christine's memory to the following organization:

Lutheran Hour Ministries

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Amanda Claxton
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020

GARDEN PATH was sent by Amanda Claxton.

With loving memories of Aunt Christine. From Amanda (Goetze), Andrew, Annabelle, and Arnold Claxton

Lauri Drosendahl
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
Fred, please accept our deep condolences! May the assurance of The Resurrection give you peace and comfort as you grieve. In Christ, Pastor and Lauri

Gray Batchelor
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Mrs. Christine. She was such a good lady and friend to many. Our prayers and thoughts are with Mr. Geotze and the Hales family. Many prayers.
-Van, Gray, Clay, and Carly Batchelor

Debby and Dan Naughton
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
Mr. Goetze-
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear wife, Christine.
We have been blessed with your cheerful friendship; your devotion and care for your wife and extended family have been a loving example to our sons over the years. Your faithful, Christ-filled life will surely be the balm and peace that truly comforts you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you and your extended family during this time of sadness, yet celebration of Christine's life.
Kindest Regards-
Debby and Dan Naughton, and the Boys
**we will be making a donation in Christine's honor to the Lutheran Hour Ministry --they definitely have been a constant for us during this COVID time of confinement too.

Audrey King
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
Fred, I would be there if we didn't have Covid positive cases where I work. The only comfort I can offer is that of Christ's love. God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:15 I will cherish the wonderful times Christine, you and I have shared.

Christy Hales
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020


Love and prayers Mike & Christy Hales

Wanda Cody
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace and comfort in your faith, family and friends as you heal.


Tammy Wade
   Posted Thu June 25, 2020
May God grant you comfort and peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the Hales family. Many great memories of Aunt Christine. Tammy and Pat Head.

Victor leach
   Posted Sun June 28, 2020
Fred,this is Victor, I'm very sorry about the loss of Christine, she was the greatest mother ever, even if she was only in my life for a few years. Y'all have been on my mind and heart heavy lately and now I know why, just know that you are loved and I hope we can talk soon, my number is 2396725855, God bless you and know that she is looking down on us from above.

sheryl rose
   Posted Mon June 29, 2020
Fred, so sorry for your loss. I found out while visiting Dad last week. He still talks about the kindness you showed Mom and him during their visit to your farm. A long time together but never long enough. You're in Ed and my thoughts.

Mi’kel Dawson
   Posted Sat August 15, 2020
Mr. Fred, my heart aches for you! I’m so sorry for your loss! Ms. Christine was such a beautiful soul! She will always be in my thoughts! We love you and miss you! I’m sure she is resting peacefully!

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