Milly Goossens


Milly Goossens, 79, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to Holland after surviving a Japanese concentration camp after WWII. From Holland she moved to New York with her family.

She taught herself how to play guitar. Throughout her music career she had played in a few different bands. Her professional career in music included the bands “Woody Guenther and the Cheaters” and “The Islanders”. The two songs she recorded with “Woody Guenther and the Cheaters” are “Teardrops” and a funk song called “Bang Dang’in Time”. She traveled all over playing in clubs and resorts including the Metropole in NYC. She was a fantastic Tennis player and shared her love of the sport. She loved animals including her cat Bodie. Often times she cared for stray or sick animals. Milly loved playing BINGO with her friends and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was full of kindness and gratitude.

She worked as a Corrections Officer at the Saratoga County Correctional Facility. She was a member of the American Legion Henry Cornell Post 234 in Ballston Spa and various musicians unions.

Milly is predeceased by her parents, Julia and Louis Goossens; her son, Martin Goossens; her brother, Jimmy Goossens; and her great-nephew, Zane Ruggles. She is survived by her grandchildren, Kayleigh Goossens (Eric Garney) of Schuylerville, Dana Goossens of Saratoga Springs and Michael Goossens of California; Her daughter-in-law, Linda Goossens of North Carolina; her great-grandchildren, Lilah, Clayton, Silas and Adrianna; her sister-in-law, Clare Goossens of Ballston Spa; her nieces and nephews, Donna Goossens, Christine Goossens and Raymond Goossens and cousins, Stella, Donna and Biete. The family would like to thank Milly’s friend Nancy for being such a wonderful friend and being by her side.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Milly’s life from 1pm to 5 pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the American Legion on Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Milly to the Battenkill Veterinary Stray Animal Fund.

Guest Book

Carolyn Johnson

R.I.P. My Friend. Going to miss you. Going to miss picking on you and those names you used to call me, which I am sure I didn't know what the meaning was to some of them. Which probably is a good thing. Love You.

Nancy Fitzgerald.

Millie, going to miss you so much my friend. We had a lot of good times together. Loved you a lot you are my buddy.

Bonnie Bagan

I am so sorry Milly you deserved a much better and longer life. I will miss you asking me if I’ve seen any bunny rabbits. RIP Milly❤️!

Bonnie Bush

I will miss you more then I can say my friend

Dawn Naylor

I will miss you my friend. After all, who do I get to pick on now? Soar high and watch over us .... R.I.P.

Lori Barnes

Milly was Always kind and caring, she will be missed. RIP Milly

Peter and Donna Martin

We will miss your kind and genuine soul. Rejoice in eternal peace with all our family who went before you.

Veronica Walsh

RIP Milly , condolences to all the Goosens family.

Doris Pinto

Love you, my friend, wish I had gotten to know you sooner. R.I.P.

Christine Casey

Condolences and prayers to the whole family. So sorry for your loss!!

Stella & Jeff Oliphant

Rest in God's arms Milly. We will miss you, but we will see you again in heaven. Love you

Maryke Ramaer Montois

I have very fond memories of the delicious food and your wonderful storytelling whenever I visited your house. You, Julia and Louis always made me feel so welcomed. Rest In Peace Millie

Josephine Treurniet

Millie’s kindness to her friends, family, and pets was unsurpassed. She is in peace with Aunt Juul, Oom Wiewie, Martin, Jimmy and others who passed.

Charlene Gerrish- Maine

Although I never met Milly, I feel like I I knew her through various stories from Kayleigh’s family and this beautiful tribute. My prayers for deep comfort are with you all at this season of grief.