Sue Goza had a strong personality, but was well-liked by those who knew her, said Sherri Green, her friend for almost 30 years.
“She could be reflective and quiet at times, and she was insightful,” she said. “She was an all-around good person and she had everyone’s respect.”
Suella “Sue” Goza, 70, formerly of Hobart, died Feb. 23. She taught at Lake Station Edison Jr. Sr. High School, retiring in the late 1990s. After her retirement, she served as the barn and equine manager for Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited, Inc., in Hobart.
Goza had a horse as a young girl, and enjoyed participating in barrel competitions around the area. She saw working with Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited as a way to reconnect with something she had loved as a young girl, Green said.
She loved teaching middle school, and was active as a coach for numerous activities, including cheerleading and track. She also had been a sponsor for student senate and for the honor society.
She loved her dog, a Rottweiler named Keeli, and Green said she had always had a way with dogs.
“She was really like a dog whisperer,” she said. “She was so good with them.”
Green said Goza was a good friend and a good listener.
“Sue was like a sage, sometimes. She was funny, a good listener,” she said. “There was so much people were drawn to about her.”