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Private services for Neil W. Goslin

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Neil Goslin with granddaughter

Lizabeth Kelchak


Neil W. Goslin of Chesterton, IN, passed away on July 21, 2016, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease, with his loving wife by his side.

He is survived by his wife Anna (Acquaviva) Goslin, daughter Julie Kelchak, and granddaughter Lizabeth Kelchak.

Neil was born in La Fargeville, NY, on November 22, 1927, to William and Ruth (Witterhahn) Goslin.

He grew up on the family farm and joked that he “graduated at the TOP of his class” even though it was a class of 13. At 17 years old he left home to attend college at Oswego State and achieved a degree in technology. His degree landed him a job with Remington Rand who sent him to Ilion, NY, for extensive computer training. That is where he met the love of his life, Anna Acquaviva. She charmed her way into his heart with her masterful playing of the piano boogie-woogie style Š so much so they were married six weeks later on June 3, 1950. Neil was immediately drafted into the Army for the Korean War. Upon discharge the newlyweds moved to Philadelphia, PA, to start their new lives together. Neil worked as a computer designer for many years with Remington Rand and moved to Allentown, PA, to further his career. That is where he and his wife adopted their beautiful baby girl Julie. Soon thereafter Neil and Anna decided to pursue their dream of owning and operating a restaurant and they had a successful open flame/charbroil grill establishment. Neil later took a job with Bethlehem Steel working his way up to Store Keeper; this job moved him and his family to the Baltimore area and eventually to the Burns Harbor plant, retiring in 1995. Living by the water enriched Neil’s love for boating and fishing. You could find Neil on his boat during the summer months and fishing by the warm water discharge on Lake Michigan the rest of the seasons. Neil was a “can fix anything or make anything” kind of man. He could make something beautiful and useful out of nothing. One of his great inventions was a bike that he made that fit “the light of his life” (granddaughter Liz) on the same bike with him. Many marveled at his inventions and reaped the benefits of his talents.

Neil will be remembered as a very kind, gentle, and loving man who was always first to lend a helping hand.

The family will have a private graveside service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Arthur B & Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso, IN.


Posted 7/28/2016





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