Penny L. Goodacre

Penny L. Goodacre

Penny went to be with her Lord and Savior suddenly on May 13, 2015.

Penny was born August 29, 1954 in Kalamazoo; the daughter of Donald and Georgia Young. A 1972 graduate of Otsego High School, Penny enjoyed reading mystery novels, had a passion for sewing, working crossword puzzles and gardening. She loved her first winter in Florida riding bikes and walking along the beach with the love of her life.  On October 4, 1975, Penny married her high-school sweetheart Robert Goodacre who survives.

Penny is also survived by her daughters Vanessa (Steve) Sawyer and Nicole (John) Wagner, her mother Georgia Young, her sisters and brother Susan Keyzer, Nancy Corradini, Theresa Summers, Ronald (Ruth) Young, Amy (Brian) Tetreault-Blok, 3 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Penny was reunited with her loving father Donald, mother-in-law Phyllis, father-in-law Robert Sr., and brothers-in-law Gary Keyzer, Sonny Fairfield, Dennis Corradini, John Summers and Shawn Tetreault, who preceded her in death.

Penny was a kind-hearted, passionate, loving wife and mother who always put her family first. Her loved ones fondly remember celebrating many holidays in her home, her meticulously hand-crafted baby clothes, and the unconditional love for her mother amongst many others.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 17th at 1p.m. at the Otsego Moose Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be accepted at the Otsego Moose Lodge 345 or VFW Post 3030, Otsego, MI.

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  1. Ron and Bev Esterline says:

    Bobby, Vanessa and Nicole, Our heartfelt condolences go out to you at this sad time in your lives. May God help each of you as you go through the grieving process. Also Theresa, Nancy and Georgia may you find peace of mind in prayer. And also the rest of the family, our condolences to you.

  2. Joyce Hiemstra Hunt says:

    It’s always so sad to hear of the loss of a classmate. My heart goes out to Penny’s family. May you rest in eternal peace, Penny.

  3. Teri Laster says:

    Bob & daughters, Georgia, Sue, Nancy, Theresa, Amy, Ron & families, please know our thoughts and prayers go up for all of you. I know you all have beautiful memories of Penny & all your special moments. Keep them close & may they help you to find some peace.
    Jack & Teri

  4. Tammy Thompson-Drake says:

    My heart and prayers are with you all, so very sorry, you all have been thru so much. God Bless you all. Heavenly Father hold this beautiful Family in your lovng arms, give them strengh and comfort.

  5. Sherry Lesman Touchton says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Penny. I can’t imagine the sorrow for your family, but please know that others care and are lifting you up to the Lord for His strength and peace.

  6. Dave Quarry says:

    Bob, so sorry for you and your families loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. “May you see God’s light on the path ahead when the road you walk is dark. May you always hear, even in your hour of sorrow, the gentle singing of the lark. When times are hard may hardness never turn your heart to stone, and may you always remember when the shadow fall- you do not walk alone.” May God Bless and comfort you and your family.

  7. Sandra Casey Mary Lou Goodacre daughter says:

    Bob and girls I am so sorry to hear about Penny. Sandi

  8. Sherry Hanson says:

    Nancy & Sue, my thoughts. & prayers are with all your family – what heartache you have endured . Praying for peace that only He can bring.

  9. Amy Eager says:

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We send our love to all our MI families. We are so saddened by your loss. Cousin Penny was a wonderful person. May all your wonderful memories help ease your pain in the days ahead. Love, Bobby, Amy,Kaila and Alyssa Eager PA

  10. Ronnie Marks says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Goodacre and Young families during this most difficult time of unexpected loss. Penny was a great friend to all who knew her and will be dearly missed. God must have needed another angel.

  11. Sally Thaxton Betzner says:

    So sorry to the whole family, prayers be with you.

  12. Tammy Merrill Bailey says:

    My heartfelt condolences for this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, as we all reflect on the wonderful person Penny was.

  13. Char Flamm says:

    Dear Bob, Georgia, girls and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My sincere sympathy. My the beautiful memories give you peace. Keep them close to your heart.


  14. jerry haight sr says:

    Very sorry for your loss I have a lot of fond memories of you two. Hope to see you on the golf course this summer

  15. Bryon Campbell says:

    Bob and Family,

    I remember growing up in the neighborhood and hanging out with Ron….with all of his sisters, it was hard to keep them all straight.

    I am so sorry for your loss, I remember Penny as a very kind person, I know she will be missed.

    Prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.


  16. Beverly Hoyt Holmes says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss Bob. It’s been many years since I’ve seen you, but through the “magic” of social media, we all seem to keep connected. Prayers being said for you and your family. After my Dave passed away I really found comfort with grief therapy. Everyone needs to handle this their own way, but don’t turn down help…you and the family will need it.

  17. Don coats jr says:

    Was shocked to hear the news. Thoughts go out to you all. It was a pleasure knowing her. RIP

  18. george hoots says:

    sorry bob thinking of you

  19. Cindy Marks McDonald says:

    Oh my goodness. Bob I am so sad to hear of this. What a shock! May light and love surround you and the family during this time of loss and grieving and continue to guide you through until you meet up again.
    She was/ is a fantastic, funny lady…

  20. Tina and Daniel Lynch says:

    Please know how sorry we both are of the loss of Penny, peace and Love to the family.

  21. Rick & Kelley DePauw says:

    So sorry to hear about this tragic loss, our hearts go out to Bob & all of the family. We remember good times over the years with Bob & Penny, rest in peace dearest Penny

  22. Jan Young-Zajac says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Bob and the family. So many good memories

  23. Joe, Marilyn, Amy and Joey Goodacre says:

    So shocked and saddened to hear this news. Penny was a wonderful, caring person and we have great memories of her over the years. Love and prayers to you all at this difficult time!

  24. Bob Miles says:

    Bob sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Penny. You two were a great couple. My thoughts will be with you

  25. Sherry Schumaker says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family at the loss of your wife, daughter, mother, sister, and aunt. You must be struggling coming to terms with this unexpected loss, I know that the family has been through too many tragedies lately and my prayers are with all of you.

  26. Tonia Forney (Leonard) says:

    Bob..I am so sorry for your loss. Penny will be greatly missed by all. May God comfort you and bless you and your family.

  27. Debbie Benzie says:

    Bob and family, Penny was such a sweetheart, so kind and caring for all the people around her. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May God give you some peace! ❤️

  28. Dawn Ogden says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Nancy and Theresa many year’s ago and met Penny on many occasion’s, she was a very kind person.

  29. Doug Rehner & Family says:

    Bob, Venessa and Nikki–

    We are saddened to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of grief. We will always remember the good times our families have shared together over the years. We will miss Penny’s smile, sense of humor and beautiful personality.

    Our deepest sympathy dear friends.

    Doug, Barb, Mollie, Mitchell and Mark

  30. Mary Jo Riddle says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Bob Newhart all your family

  31. Vanessa says:

    As I read all the messages posted here and on Facebook and all the people who have said kind words in person, it is evident just how much you were truly loved by so many. You were truly a special person and an exceptional mother! You offered me comfort more times than I can count and always had the right words when I needed them. My heart is broken, and I keep feeling an urge to turn to you for comfort but then I remember my heart is broken because you are gone. I love you so much! Xoxo

  32. Kim Dorothy Blagg says:

    This came as quite a shock. Penny was always a very classy young lady; I remember her from school so many years ago. A fragile beauty with a delicate mystique. My sincerest sympathies to her family.

  33. Demi Carol Pilot says:

    Nicci and family…I am so shocked and saddened to hear about your mom….my prayers are with you honey….so sorry for our sudden sad loss…

  34. Angel Clark says:

    Bob & family & The Young family, Sending Our Deepest Sympathy to you during this tragic time. Penny was such a nice person to all who knew her. She will be missed.
    Pat & Angel Clark

  35. JoAnn Burchett says:

    Dear Bob and family,

    My heart goes out to you. May God grant you Peace of mind and body. Penny was a treasure, it was a blessing to have known her.


  36. Carol Winkel says:

    Dear Bob,
    Tom and I were so very sorry to hear of Penny’s tragic passing.
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    We are deeply sharing the grief of your loss.
    Tom and Carol Winkel

  37. Ruth Young says:

    Penny, I remember being a young girl of the age of 14, when I meet you. You instantly became someone I loved and cared for with all of my heart. I remember looking up to you, because you we’re so smart and friendly person. Oh how admired your ability to be a great person, wife and mother. Your talents and energy was completely graceful. Bob, Vanessa and Nicci -Penny blessed so many lives and so many ways. I will always remember my good times with her in my heart. I know she loved you all so much- may God give you Peace that passes all understanding.

  38. Clay and Diane Smith says:

    Bobby Mobile and girls,
    We are so sorry to your family for this time of sorrow. Never do we understand when someone we love has been taken from our family without preparing us with an understanding of peace, faith and no hurting….this is absolutely shocking and very sad! Penny was such a happy go lucky individual with a beautiful smile no matter the day!, We liked her from the first day and time we met her! As many did, Penny was never selfish, nor was she above the guy beside her, ….she always had a warm welcome for everyone she talked to .Bob, Vanessa and Nicci, God Bless you all, and know that God will carry you in this time of sorrow if you allow him too. Clay and I are very sorry to you and our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  39. Nicci Wagner says:

    Mommy, mom, mama, ma – it didn’t matter what I called you, you always answered. We will remain bestest friends. From our secret kisses before bedtime, to my desperate pleas from day camp to, “please come pick me up” because I missed you so badly, to me parading my friends through our house to see my beautiful, stylish mom…you will live in our hearts forever. #1 mom! Xoxo, your baby girl

  40. diane and john glessner says:

    Dear Bob & family and to Nancy, sue and families, We are saddened to hear of Penny’s passing. We are thankful for your strong faith with all the sadness you’ve endured this year
    Our prayers are with you. John and Diane

  41. Chris Capitano says:

    Penny was a great girl – I know you will miss her dearly. I’m so sorry for your loss and heartache.

  42. Linda Fredricks says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I believe I only met her once (through Kirsten, my friend). May God surround all the family members and calm you with His peace that surpasses all understanding.

  43. Candy Polderdyke says:

    Bob, I was so sorry to hear of Penny’s passing. I have very fond high school memories of both you and Penny. She was a special lady. My prayers are with you and your family.

  44. George Marks says:

    I was quite taken by sadness to learn of Penny’s passing. Having grown up with her in the same Otsego neighborhood, I will always recall her as “the pretty girl who lives in the brick house on the corner.”

  45. Joanne Krcatovich says:

    Bob and family,

    I was shocked to hear of Penny’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your families. We’ll be praying for healing.

    God Bless

  46. Patti Vote Stephens Rybicki says:

    Our family is so taken with the loss of our childhood dear friend and neighbor. Our prayers are with Penny’s family and friends, we will miss her wonderful smile and hugs. May God be with you during the time of healing. Remember all that she was for I will miss her.

  47. Colleen Fast says:

    Dear Bob,
    I was so saddened to hear of Penny’s passing… I have wonderful memories of her at OHS. I am at a loss for words…. Keeping you and your family close in thoughts and prayers…

  48. Terri and Howard Gott says:

    Dear Bob,
    I really don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said. We are so sad and this is so surreal. Penny was the closest person I had to a sister, and will miss her terribly. My heart breaks for you and the girls.
    God will help you with your healing process. Like I told you, keep doing the things you enjoy and it will make things easier. Much love, my brother. You are always in my prayers.
    Your sister, Terri

  49. Margie Little says:

    Dear Bob,

    I am so sorry to hear of Penny’s passing. She was always so kind to me and I loved her spunk. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

    Margie & Ken Little
    Fennville, MI

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