Evans Funeral Home

"Compassionate Funeral Service"

Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911

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Verna Karan Goff, 83, peacefully passed away at home with her daughters at her side, in Pingree, ND, after a long battle with COPD.

Verna was born on August 14, 1938 in Iowa to Cyrus Leslie Thompson and Ollie Eunice Stuart Thompson. Verna was the 11th child of 13.

Verna worked as a waitress or restaurant manager most of her life. She married Don Probasco in 1956 and together they were blessed with 2 daughters. Verna later married James Goff in 1973 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Together they made many places home including Iowa, North Dakota, Utah, Colorado, California, and finally Nebraska. Verna loved the trips Jim and her experienced; Hawaii parasailing, Spain Bull fights, Switzerland’s winding roads.

In 2016 she decided it was time to move in with her daughter, Donna in ND; where she quickly found her chance to cook and help out with a busy life style, that got even busier with great-grandchildren. Many afternoons you could find Ann Geske and Verna playing three handed pinochle.

Verna is survived by her Daughters, Karen (Mike) Skinner of AZ, Donna (Jack) Geske of Pingree, ND; Grandson, Jacob Geske of Denton,TX; Granddaughter, Katie (Shannon) Petersen of Carrington, ND; Six Great-grandchildren, Jarrett, RiLynn, Peyton, Archer, Flint, and Timber.

Verna was preceded in death by her Husband, James Goff; Parents, Cyrus & Ollie Thompson; 2 Angel Siblings; 4 Sisters, Glenda, Wanda, Velda, and Shirley; 6 Brothers, Ray, Oral, Ole, Virgil, Robert, and Loren; and Special Friend, Bill Marmon.

The Family would like to thank CHI Health at Home for assisting in her final months.

A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Verna’s Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:00PM at Federated Church, UCC/UMC, Carrington, ND.

Burial will be held at a later date in Beatrice, NE.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of time spent with Verna and Jim.

  2. So sorry for your loss.she was a good woman.hugs and prayers from our family to yours in his sorrowful time

  3. Verna was so sweet when I took care of her. The way she talked about you all, it was obvious she loved you so much! My sympathies.

  4. She will be missed. Always welcoming and loving. Brought so much joy and love to our families lives. The girls thought of her as a grandmother. Have many happy memories of her.

  5. Donna,Karen and rest of the family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember Verna well, we were good friends at one time in our lives. She was fun and she loved you girls.


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