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Ann Garoffolo-Goar, 96, of Lebanon, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Aug. 25, 2017, at Witham Memorial Hospital in Lebanon. She was born April 1, 1921, in Jolietville, Ind., to the now late Thomas William and Leona (Bell) Chastain.
On Aug. 30, 1942, she was married to Joseph Garoffolo at Lanes Chapel Church in Waugh (Slabtown). He passed away on Feb. 9, 1990, at the age of 71. She married James V. Goar Jr. on Dec. 12, 2004, at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Lebanon. He preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2017, at the age of 97.
Ann spent her childhood in Waugh, enjoying life in her parent's General Store and home. She enjoyed the people who gathered there.
Ann attended a one-room schoolhouse (Wrights Corner) before graduating from Sheridan High School. She attended Earlham College in Richmond, and graduated from Butler University with a B.A. in religion, with additional work in library sciences.
During World War II, she was with her Navy husband; they lived in Portsmouth, Va., and San Diego, Calif. After returning to Indiana, she worked at the American State Bank in Sheridan, the Goodrich Grain Company in Rosston, and the Big Springs Telephone Company. In Lebanon, Ann was the education assistant to both the Centenary United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches.
Ann loved her family, the church and her Lebanon Community. She was active in the United Methodist Women, becoming president of the Indianapolis West District. She more recently had been a member of South Indiana Conference Committee on Ordained Ministry. Most of her life was spent as a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Lebanon.
As part of her early years in Lebanon, Ann was a staff aid for the American Red Cross, a member of the Home Economics Club and Marion Township Club. She became a member of Lebanon OES, having been a member of Job's Daughters earlier in her life.
Encouraged by the Boone County Republican Party, Ann sought the office of Lebanon clerk/treasurer. She was elected in 1972 and served 12 years. In 1984, she became the first female mayor of the city of Lebanon, a position she held for eight years.
During her 20 years of municipal service, Ann held several state-level positions: president of Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, president of the League of Municipal Clerk/Treasurers and International Clerk/Treasurers, board of directors of the Academy of Public Service, vice president, Local Government Advisory Committee, Indiana Institute for New Business Ventures, Citizen Advisory Committee on Environment Management, president of the Indiana Republican Mayor's Association and she was named their Woman of the Year in 1991.
Ann enjoyed organizational work and consequently was a busy woman who loved her home and family, but found time to be involved with the following groups: president of Harney Elementary PTA, membership chairwoman and president of the Witham Hospital Foundation Board, Fundraising Committee for the new Witham Hospital, president of the Boone County Mental Health Association, founding board member of the Boone County Leadership, founding board member of Habitat for Humanity, Witham Health Services Advisory Committee, member of the Community Foundation of Boone County, Boone County Jail Ministry, Advisory Committee for Homewood Health Care and Crown Pointe Assisted Living, and director of Lebanon Public Library and Friends of the Lebanon Library.
Ann was especially proud of her memberships in the Lebanon Rotary and Zonta Clubs. Both service organizations promote international good will and aid for women and children. She enjoyed working and social activities with Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Auxiliary Chapter Tourist Club.
She was honored with special awards including Mrs. Boone County (1961), Jane Award (Purdue Extension 1978), Zonta Woman of the Year (1984), Sagamore of the Wabash (1988), and July 4th Parade Marshall (1997).
Survivors include sons, Gary Garoffolo of Lawton, Okla., Tom Garoffolo (Lisa) of Lebanon, and Andrew Boggs (Leslie) of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; stepchildren, Robert Goar (Jan) and Debbie Beigh (Michael), all of Zionsville; grandchildren, Emily Garoffolo Webb of Indianapolis, Christopher and Alex Garoffolo of Stillwater, Okla., Anna Jo Boggs of Denver and Thomas Boggs of Whitefish, Mont.; stepgrandchildren, Michael Goar of Chicago and Patrick Goar of Washington, D.C.; and great-grandchild, Riley Webb of Indianapolis.
In addition to her parents and her husbands, Ann was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Chastain McCoy; and a brother, Robert Chastain.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 910 Fordice Road, Lebanon. Funeral services for Ann will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with Dr. Jim Morin and the Rev. Anthony Stone officiating. Private Family Entombment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery on Thursday.
Memorials may be made in her honor to the Boone County Cancer Society, 117 W. Elm St., Lebanon, IN 46052; or to the Lebanon Public Library, 104 E. Washington St., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on August 25, 2017
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