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Subject: GOBLE; Colette Reney Goble--d.app.2/12/2005>usa\mi
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 19:47:16 -0000
Tecumseh Herald Newspaper (On-line)
2 Dec 2005
BRITTON - Folks at Britton-Macon Area School and the Lenawee Intermediate
School District are grieving following the untimely loss of one of their own
last Wednesday afternoon.
Colette Reney Goble, 45, of Raisin Township was headed home from her regular
position at the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) when her vehicle
slid into the path of an oncoming vehicle on Rogers Highway.
Goble was employed as a food service coordinator at the LISD, and she was
contracted to supervise the food programs at Britton-Macon Area School and
Addison School District, but Britton Supt. Robert Tebo said she did much
"She was a special person," he said. "I think the one thing I remember most
is I never saw her angry or upset. She was always positive and happy even
though I'm sure she didn't always feel that way, but it was how she
presented herself. She fully loved what she did and she tried to make this a
better place. She was successful at it."
In an article that ran in January, Goble was recognized as a "cool lunch
lady" by First Hand News, the official journal of the Michigan School Food
Service Association. During the interview, she told Herald reporter Cristina
Trapani-Scott that it had never been her intention to have a career in food
service, but she was hired at the LISD in 1983 for a part-time position at
Milton C. Porter Center and fell in love with the special needs students she
encountered every day on the job.
"When we started our food service program 22 years ago," said Jody Howard,
principal of the LISD Milton C. Porter Center, "Colette was part of it,
along with Jeanette Szabo. From the very beginning Colette just had a place
in her heart for the kids and really showed compassion and was respectful to
their abilities and needs and always, always, always had a very positive
Goble climbed through the ranks to become a coordinator, and in 1996 she was
contracted by Britton-Macon Area School. Not only did she help balance the
food service budget but she brought in innovative ideas to get kids to make
healthier food choices and she helped teach after school cooking classes as
well as launched activities such as the Got Milk poster contest where
students submitted photographs of them and their families with milk
"She liked kids," said Tebo. "She liked working with kids. She listened to
them. She did a lot more than just supervise food service. She helped to run
this school. We have good people who work at this school and she was among
She had recently been promoted to food director at the LISD, a position once
held by her colleague and friend Szabo. Throughout her career she helped
Porter Center students by training them and mentoring them. Her work with
them often led to them getting jobs.
"She always had an interest and passion around food, making it fun for
kids," Howard said.
She not only accommodated students, but she provided food for fellow
employees at the LISD. An email that LISD Supt. Steve Krusich's office sent
to all district employees read, "One of tthings we will remember is the
scrumptious aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls that greeted all ISD staff
as we returned to school each August." Howard said that that was something
Goble always made sure of having. Freshly baked goods were always important.
"She touched all of us in lots of different ways. She absolutely is going to
be missed," said Howard.
Goble is survived by her husband, William, her children; William (Kristen)
Goble III, Brent (Jamie) Bledsoe, and Brandon Bledsoe, her grandchildren;
Shaun DeLockroy, Cooper Goble, Zakary Bledsoe, her grandmother; Betty
Higgins, her parents Gene and Georgia Gallan, siblings; Shelley (Mickey)
Seegert, Geno (Debbie) Gallant, and Stacy Gallant as well as many other
family members and many friends.
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