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Dayle Peterson Goddard

Published: 3/5/2021 3:00:23 AM
Modified: 3/5/2021 3:00:20 AM

WHITE RIVER JCT., VT — Dayle (Peterson) Goddard, 89, died Sunday February 28, 2021 at Valley Terrace Assisted Living in White River Junction, VT, with family by her side. Dayle will be remembered for her beautiful smile, dedication to helping others, love of music, art, tennis and most of all family.

She was born December 4, 1931, the daughter of Helen (Sundquist) Bare and F. Norman Peterson in Concord, Massachusetts and attended Concord Academy (class of 1950, Concord MA), Connecticut College (New London, CT) and Simmons University (Boston, MA). She left Simmons and married Edwin M. Goddard on June 3, 1952. The couple lived in New York City and then in Horseheads, NY. The family later moved to New Jersey, first in Paramus and then to Ridgewood where they lived for nearly six decades. Dayle dedicated her life to helping others, including volunteering at The Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, NJ), acting as a Girl Scout leader, working as a League of Women Voters of Ridgewood member, and serving as an ombudsman at Ridgewood-area skilled nursing facilities. In 1965, Dayle began her thirty-year association with Social Service Association of Ridgewood, starting as the Junior Woman’s Club representative, and serving as a board member for many years, the President for four years and as the Executive Director for twenty years before retiring in 1996. She moved to Valley Terrace in White River Junction in 2017, living there with Ed until he predeceased her in November 2018.

Dayle played the piano for many years and loved music, greatly enjoying attending the symphony and opera. She enjoyed playing tennis and paddle tennis as a member of the Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club and attended countless New York Giants games with Ed as a season ticket holder for 40 years. She loved horses and was often seen on her horse, Taffy, when she was growing up. She also loved spending time on the water, especially sailing and swimming on family vacations to Fire Island (NY), Cape Cod (MA) and Maine.

She leaves daughters Sharon Goddard White (David) of Cambridge, MA and Beth Long (Brett) of Quechee, VT; son David R. Goddard of Boston, MA; grandchildren Cathy (Ajay), Jessica, Nicole, Steve, Garrett (Melinda) and Jack; great grandchildren Penny, Tucker, Callie and Harper; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Ed and a brother Wayne Peterson.

Condolences to Dayle’s family may be made in an online guestbook at Due to COVID, there is no service planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Social Service Association of Ridgewood, 6 Station Plaza, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 or at

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