Geraldine E. Goodenow

Geraldine E. (LaCross) Goodenow, age 90, of Gaylord, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019.

She was a leap year baby, born in Flint, Michigan, on February 29, 1929, to Ulis and Evelyn (Kusch) Long.

Geraldine was born into the restaurant business.  Her parents owned and operated the Breene Candlelight Restaurant in Petoskey, Michigan.  In 1967 Geraldine and her husband, Lee LaCross, opened their own restaurant, The Towncrest, in Gaylord, Michigan.  The restaurant was in business from 1967 until 1986.  La Senorita Restaurant now sits in its former location.

Geraldine had many hobbies, from taking trips to her favorite casino in Petoskey, to golf and fishing.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.   She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, Lee LaCross, her grandson, Joshua LaCross, and her sister, Betty Dixon.

She is survived by her children, Guy (Traci) LaCross and Evelyn LaCross, grandchildren, Christina LaCross, and Rachael (Steve) Langewicz and great-granddaughter, Madelynn Rozier.

Geraldine will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey.


  1. Traci Mulholland October 14, 2019 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I will miss her sweet, witty, spicy spirit.

  2. Jim Lappan, Sr. October 14, 2019 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Oh, do I remember Geraldine Goodenow. So pleased she lived a long life. Sincere condolence to her family, may she rest in peace.

  3. Stefanie Shephard October 14, 2019 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss Guy. I loved taking care of your mom. She kept me on my toes and always made me laugh

  4. Karen October 14, 2019 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Guy and Evy so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Sending thoughts and prayers.

    Karen Matelski Campbell

  5. Timothy Brown October 15, 2019 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Guy and Evie so sorry to hear about your mom passing.

  6. Mary R Mason October 15, 2019 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Sincere condolences Evelyn, may she rest in peace. May God comfort you at this time.

  7. Vicki Hawthorne October 16, 2019 at 9:13 am - Reply

    My Dear Aunt Gerry may you rest in peace. You lived a long fruitful life. You gave me many happy memories… Heaven has a new angel. I love you and will miss you dearly. Vicki

  8. Christy Benjamin October 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss Guy and Evelyn. My Uncle Boots and Aunt Gerry would always talk about their grandkids and kids with so much love. She was always fun and friendly. Wish you would have added him. 🙂 Love to all of you, Rod and Christy (Goodenow) Benjamin

  9. Winde October 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Geraldine and her daughter come into the copper cafe at Odawa casino. She was a spunky one!

  10. Vince LaRosa November 4, 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I used to do odd jobs around Lee and Geraldine’s house and the Town Crest. When I worked at Western Crude The Towncrest was the 7 am gathering place for all the crude truck drivers. Lee and Geraldine were always pleasant folks to visit and talk with. They are both together again in God’s arms, RIP my friends.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Guy, Evelyn and their families.

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