Gretchen Elizabeth (Libby) Goller
Gretchen Elizabeth (Libby) Goller, 77, of Coopersville, N.Y., born March 7, 1942, passed away Oct. 28, 2019, following several days surrounded by family and friends. Libby died peacefully in her own home with her husband Walt and sons Wally and Charlie by her side. The daughter of Margery D. (Macdonald) Hugaboom and W. Alan Hugaboom, Libby was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and grew up in Plainfield, N.J.
Deciding early on that being a full-time mom was of the utmost importance, Libby created a warm, nurturing homelife for her family and was the invaluable glue that held it all together. Libby touched the lives of countless people. She took a genuine interest in helping others and tirelessly shared her life experiences with those in need. She simply loved helping people. She was active in many organizations and support groups. Camp Bravehearts, The Boobie Sisters, Treasure Chests, to name a few, helped her form beautiful bonds of sisterhood lasting many years.
Libby loved all animals, with cats in particular always knowing they could count on her for a nice snack while they roamed the neighborhood looking for some adoptive parents. And her love of birds (especially hawks) could, at times, make her nearly drive off the road with excitement. She loved whales, plants and flowers, coloring, watching golf, and everything to do with the ocean and the salt air.
Predeceased by her mother, Margery D. Hugaboom and father W. Alan Hugaboom, Libby is survived by her husband Walter C. Goller, son Walter D. (Wally) Goller, son Charles A. Goller, grandson Gabriel J. Goller, cousin Peter Macdonald, cousin Sue Cox and her beloved cat Lulu. Thank you very much to everyone at Hospice of the North Country. They provided wonderful help to our family and helped Libby live her final weeks with dignity and grace.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the upcoming weeks with details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Libby's memory to Camp Bravehearts, an organization very near to her heart, at or 19 Cambridge Road, Albany, NY 12203. Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Champlain. To light a candle, and share a thought, memory or prayer, please visit the obituary online at
Published on November 5, 2019


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Denise Garnot
Nov 12, 2019
Her Obituary couldn’t have said it better!Im going to miss her kindness,and her loveing ways.Always an Angel on earth,now one in Heaven.
Dan Liptak
Nov 08, 2019
Condolences to the family, especially Wally. We are all thinking of you here at CBMS.
Susan Cox
Nov 08, 2019
Although we didn't spend childhood time as cousins we made contacts as young adults. I will have fond memories of our times together and long phone conversations. Again my condolences to Walt , Wally and Charlie. Gave was the apple of his grandmother's eye.
Alexandra Bechard
Nov 06, 2019
I met Gretchen back in 1981 when we worked together at Harris Graphics . I was so young with my new job as an illustrator in the publications dept.
To this day, I have not met a nicer, sweeter, most helpful person than her....she talked a lot about her sons, smiled all the time and was a joy to work with. I absolutely adored her.
Patti Galasso
Nov 06, 2019
She was a very special friend. We grew up together on Sunnyside Pl her house was right across the from ours. Outside ever night playing hopscotch, giant steps, jump
robbing etc. We would walk to school together with my sister Grace....the highlight of our was skipping at the corner store, Jacks, for penny candy...When the snow came we would take our sleds to 3hills and ride those hills....
Her school friends, Patience, Kenena and myself had the pleasure of her coming for a visit...we went back to pur roots! Visit our homes, our grammar schools and high school and our wonderful Town of Plainfield...
No words can express my broken heart💔 We all love you Lib💕💕💕
Michael Leibowitz
Nov 06, 2019
Sunnyside Place was a wonderful place to grow up. Libby was a friend who lived across the street. We all had great times.
RIP Libby
Nov 06, 2019
You were a special lady. I will miss you as a Sister in the group, I will miss crafting with you and listening to the stories of your interesting life. You touched so many lives.
Now you are resting in the joys of heaven watching over your
" Boys" .
Love, Jana
Judy and Peter Hack
Nov 06, 2019
Although Libby and I only met through Facebook, we communicated since 2013. She was a true inspiration to me. So much strength, kindness and encouragement. I will never forget you, Libby Goller. RIP.
Joy Thibodeau
Nov 06, 2019
Such a special lady and wonderful friend. I will miss you and your smile. You will always be my “sister” Fly high my friend.
Sandra Persaud
Nov 06, 2019
I know Ms Libby through her Son Wally, I talked to her on Holidays she is a wonderful lady I am sorry she left us she is at home with the Lord, looking and smiling over us.RIP Ms Libby Goller love you ❤️😘🏵️🌹🌺!!!!
Penny martin
Nov 06, 2019
Libby was my wonderful neighbor for 16 years, always a smile. And yes she loved nature, and of course her cats. It was hard for us to move away, I thought of Libby and Walt quite often, she will missed greatly....RIP Libby