Lallie Godschalk, Obituary


Lallie Moore Godschalk, 88, died Sunday after a brief illness. A resident of Chapel Hill for over 50 years, she lived most recently in the Carol Woods Retirement Community.

Mrs. Godschalk, whose maiden name was Kain, was the daughter of an Army officer, and she spent much of her childhood on military bases in Lawrence, Indiana, Tybee Island, Georgia, and Pensacola, Florida. The family later settled in Bradenton, Florida, where Mrs. Godschalk graduated from high school at 15. She went on to complete her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English literature at the University of Florida, where she was a Tri Delta.

It was during graduate school that she met and married David R. Godschalk, later a professor in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning. They lived in Florida before moving to Chapel Hill permanently in the summer of 1967, where their first home was a rented log cabin on Hillsborough Street. Together they built their dream home on Glendale Drive, where they lived happily for almost 40 years. Dr. Godschalk died in 2018.

Mrs. Godschalk was active with a number of local organizations, including the University Women’s Club, the League of Women Voters, the Horace Williams House, and the Chapel Hill Public Library. A certified master gardener, she toiled for years to coax the stubborn red clay soil of her garden into bloom.

She is survived by her son, David Godschalk, her daughter-in-law, Catherine Van Dusen Godschalk, and her grandchildren, Peter and Claire, of Bethesda, Maryland.

A Memorial Service will be held in the assembly hall at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024 at 4 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

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