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Official Obituary of

James K. Goodwin, Sr.

January 21, 1934 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

James Goodwin, Sr. Obituary

James K. Goodwin, Sr., of Vanderbilt, affectionately known as Jim to his many friends and loved ones, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2024, at the age of 90, in Mt. Pleasant. Born on January 21, 1934, in Normalville, he was a beacon of light and strength throughout his life, embodying the virtues of a loving, faith-filled, and handy individual.

Jim was a cherished member of the Vanderbilt United Methodist Church, where he warmly greeted each lady with a hug and a kiss every Sunday, a testament to his loving and affectionate nature.

Jim was a proud graduate of Connellsville High School, Class of 1951. His commitment to service was evident as he went on to honorably serve his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He was employed as a young man by the Mastowski Lumber Mill of Normalville, where he then retired from after 50 years of service.

He was the beloved husband of Peggy A. Coughenour Goodwin of Vanderbilt, with whom he shared 69 years of marriage after they wed on June 7, 1954. Together, they raised a family that included their son, James K. Goodwin, Jr. and his wife Vickie of Connellsville, and daughter Pam S. Rosensteel and her husband Timmy of Dickerson Run.

Jim was a grandfather to Jimmee L. Rosentsteel of Dickerson Run and Kenny Martin of Smithfield. His Special Great Granddaughter whom holds a special place in Jim's heart, Giavonna Gaster.  He was a  brother to his siblings, Louis Goodwin and his wife Sylvia of Uniontown, Sandra Critchfield and her husband Glenn of Seven Springs, and Rick Goodwin of Dawson. His life was also blessed with the companionship of special friends Ronald and Susie Sechrist, Indy Lynn and Patty and Eugene Lint and many others who will fondly remember his generosity and spirit.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Edgar and Ruth Kemp Goodwin, and his brothers, Edgar and Thomas Goodwin.

Jim's presence in the community was marked by his role as the quintessential handyman, always ready to lend a hand or fix a problem. To his family, Jim was more than just a handyman; he was a pillar of unwavering support, a source of boundless love, and a guiding light.

Jim will be remembered for his warm embraces and the genuine affection he showed to everyone he met. It is said that he will be waiting at the pearly gates for family and friends, ready to welcome them with his signature hug and kiss.

In Lieu of customary remembrances, the family request that memorial contributions to be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at or to the Vanderbilt United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 405  Vanderbilt, Pa. 15486 in memory of Jim. 

Jim’s Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to the FRANK KAPR FUNERAL HOME, INC. 417 Pittsburgh St. Scottdale, Pa. 15683. A Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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