Gary Stephen Goss

Oct 28 1946
Jun 19 2023
76 Years
Christiana, Pennsylvania

Gary Stephen Goss, 76, of Christiana passed away at his home on Monday, June 19, 2023. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Samuel Lewis Goss and Elinor (Cook) Goss. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Maisel) Goss, with whom he shared 42 years of marriage.

Gary was a graduate of Kennett Senior High School and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University. He also proudly served in the United States Navy for six years. He worked as a computer programmer for Hewlett Packard early in his career at the Avondale, Pennsylvania location and then relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to serve at their secondary location.  Most recently he was employed by Telerex operating out of their Horsham, Pennsylvania location.

He attended Octorara Presbyterian Church and was a member of Kennett Fire Company, where he held positions including Vice President, Secretary, and Ambulance Captain.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his daughter, Joanna Lynn Mattson and her husband Kevin of Cochranville, Pennsylvania, two grandchildren Victoria and Austin, and two siblings: Galen Lewis Goss and wife Amy of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Kathleen (Kasey) Carol Goss and husband Scott Danforth of Missoula, Montana, and his sister-in-law, Marjorie (Midge) Brockett Goss and two nieces (Sara and Samantha) and great nephew, Thomas, and great-niece, Grace. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Samuel Goss.

Funeral services will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1121 Octorara Trail, Parkesburg, PA 19365. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation period taking place from 3 PM until the start of the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

For those not able to attend in person a livestream will be provided on this page the day of the service. To live stream the day of service please click HERE.

Memorial Contributions can be made in Gary’s honor to the American Cancer Society. (Click highlighted link to donate)   

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Online condolences can be posted at


Service Date: 
Jun 24 2023 - 4:00pm
Service Location: 
Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1121 Octorara Trail, Parkesburg, PA 19365.


Nancy and family,

So sorry to hear of Gary's passing.  I hate to say "goodbye" to classmates ... but then it's really "see you later", isn't it ?

All best wishes, and may God bless the family.

Please accept my condolences,


Eddie Stoddard

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The Goss family was always a backbone of Kennett.  Gary and Earnie were two of our family’s friends that made Kennett life so great.  The left us too soon.

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Dear Nancy,

May the peace of God surround you and your family as you grieve the loss of Gary.

I was happy to have seen you both attending so many of our class reunions and especially that mini gathering at Giordono's restaurant's loft some years back. Before attending Kennett High in 1960, I only knew the name "Goss" as the name of our wonderful Kennett bakery. ( Dave Meadows fondly mentioned the bakery when writing to the class of Gary's passing.)

As more than the son of a baker, may Gary be remembered for all his many wonderful work related accomplishment but most importantly as a loving husband, father and family man.

With heartfelt condolence,

Nancy Perrone Paproth


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On behalf of a grateful Nation and your fellow Service Members, we are sorry for your family's and friends' loss, Gary.  However, old Sailors never die, they simply sail across the horizon to reunite with family, friends and shipmates in a new homeport.  Rest in eternal peace, Classmate, until me meet again on distant shores.

Steve Loeffler, Rear Admiral(Ret), U.S. Navy

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Dear Nancy,  How very sorry we are to have heard of Gary's passing.  Our hearts go out to you and your family. 

So very glad we had the opportunity to have shared dinner with you both a couple of months ago, that is how we will

remember Gary us all having fun!  Our deepest sympathy.

George & Eleanor

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Dear Nancy and family,  I was so saddened to hear about Gary. But, you are right, Chuck and he are looking down on us.  I love you and know that my prayers and thoughts are with you.  We had a lot of good times for sure. Love, Sandy

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We're keeping you in our thoughts during this difficult time. We fondly remember your visit out here and remain impressed at the impact that your and Gary's kindness has had--and will continue to have--on others' lives.

Sending all our love and sympathy,


Chris and Giuliana

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Dear Nancy, 

It is with great regret that we learned of Gary's passing. 
The thought that his suffering has come to an end is only a small comfort. Our thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time.
We will keep a candle lit for Gary. 
In love Janine, Carsten and Victoria 




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Oh Nancy, so very sorry to hear about Gary, uplifting you and your family in prayers!

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Nancy, so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We enjoyed the years of friendship and serving you as customers at Woerth’s Used Cars. May you experience the peace that passes understanding as you grieve, and hold on to the assurance of eternal life as your comfort. May the Lord bless you and keep you.  In sympathy, Kim and Jerry




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Dear Nance! I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of your beloved husband, Gary. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this incredibly difficult time. I remember Gary as someone who carried himself with great dignity and respect. His genuine warmth and compassion made him a truly remarkable individual. Whether it was offering a helping hand or sharing words of encouragement, he always had a way of brightening the atmosphere and making everyone feel valued. During this time of grief, please remember that you are not alone. Reach out to friends, family, and loved ones who care about you and lean on them for support. Cherish the beautiful memories you shared with Gary and find solace in the love that will forever remain in your heart. If there's anything I can do to assist you or if you need someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to reach out. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy,

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