Grace Goggio
  • Donations may be made in Grace's honor to The Heritage, which is a remarkable retirement and skilled nursing facility, and is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3).
  • The Heritage
    3400 Laguna St.
    San Francicsco, CA 94123

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Grace Goggio departed life at age 90 on January 14, 2013 of natural causes.
Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Grace spent the majority of her life in the SF Bay Area. Over the years she grew from humble roots to survive both World War II and the Great Depression. She studied nursing at St. Francis hospital in San Francisco and went on to attend UC Berkeley, studying Landscape Architecture. Later she became an accomplished real estate broker, and successful investor, as well as an active community member in the Bay Area.
She was dearly loved and will be missed by her daughters Susan Langstroth Chase of Emeryville, CA and Janet Drobner of Sun Valley, ID. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren and their families, including Chris Chase of San Diego, CA; Liz Kliegel of Denver, CO; Emily Marion of Edwards, CO and four great-grandchildren (Melanie, Tristan, Josh and Lily), and many, many dear friends.
Born the youngest of eleven children in 1922, Grace was raised during the Great Depression as a member of the Hupy family. She mothered two children with Lovell Langstroth Jr., M.D., a native San Franciscan; and she later married Alfred T. Goggio, M.D., residing in the Berkeley hills for a number of years.
Grace put the 'amazing' and the 'grace' in Amazing Grace. She was an accomplished business person, gardener, and literary enthusiast (Dickens, Twain, & others). She was a passionate person with varied interests who was a fountain of knowledge and trivia from whom her family and friends gained knowledge, enjoyment, and perspective.
Among her many abilities, she was a talented hostess and cook whose dishes reflected the varied cuisine of many countries and cultures visited through her extensive travels. Her garden in the Claremont area of Berkeley became a signature gathering spot in the community. It was a fixture for neighborhood families over the years.
Grace later transitioned to become a 'city dweller' and (no surprise) became a social fixture, living atop Nob Hill for four decades. As a 'Nob Hiller' Grace enjoyed the beauty and trappings of a life well lived, her San Francisco setting, and quality time with her family and friends. She loved San Francisco, and San Francisco loved her. She will be missed by everyone she touched.
Were Herb Caen around to write his column today he would write what is so hard to capture in words, that "Grace was a woman of unique qualities and style, whose presence evoked respect and imbued a spirit that came and went like 'fog on cat's feet', with a significant dose of gumption to spare". In summary, Grace was a San Franciscan, and a truly amazing woman, who will be missed more than words can express. She lives on with all of us whom she touched.
Her latter years were spent in comfort and contentment, surrounded by beloved caregivers, in the Marina District of San Francisco at The Heritage retirement facility located at 3400 Laguna St., San Francisco CA. (Donations may be made in Grace's honor).