Wendy Gooch

June 22, 1969 ~ August 2, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old


Wendy {Creek} Gooch’s incredible life did not end with her death. Wendy passed away on August 2, 2023 at the age of 54 after a courageous battle with breast cancer, surrounded by her loved ones. 

Wendy graduated from Unity High school in 1987. She married her high school sweetheart, Jeff Gooch, in 1989. Their journey together led them to create a life they were so incredibly proud of. Wendy is survived by her three children Lexie {Zebo} Zebe, Dani {Justin} Ault, and Seth Gooch. Wendy’s role of “Gigi” was one that brought her immeasurable joy. Anyone who knew her could instantly see how her eyes would light up at the mention of Lillian Ault, Miles Zebe, Theodore Ault, Zoey Zebe, and Beckham Ault. Wendy is preceded in death by her father Gene Creek, and nephew Cameron Creek. She is survived by her mother Beverly Creek, Sister Cindy {Scott} Hughes, and two Brothers Christopher {Peggy} Creek and Troy {JoAnn} Creek.  

 Throughout her professional career she held many different titles. However, for the past 20 plus years she proudly worked for the University of Illinois. Wendy’s creativity knew no bounds, she had a natural talent for crafting and photography. A testament to her beauty could always be found in everything she did.  

Wendy was a pillar of support and constant source of strength for her entire family. She considered her family her greatest treasure, and it is her family who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.  

Visitation will be held at Freese Funeral Home on Wednesday August 9, 2023 the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30PM followed by Visitation services from 4-7PM. The funeral mass and services will be held on Thursday August 10, 2023 at 10 am at St. Patrick’s Church in Tolono and the burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery immediately following services. There will be a luncheon at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall following Thursday’s services.  


Memorials may be to an individual charity of choice in her name.


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August 9, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Freese Funeral Home
407 N. Bourne Street
Tolono, IL 61880

Funeral Mass
August 10, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church (Tolono)


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