Vivian D. Goldsmith, 80, Batesville, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati.
Born Dec. 30, 1932, in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of Helen (Baldock) and Charles Faulkner. She married Paul Goldsmith Sr. Aug. 2, 1952, at St. Louis Catholic Church.
She worked 10 years at Danner’s General Store, becoming assistant manager, and five years at Save-A-Lot. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the Sacred Heart Society, Al-Anon and Surviving Spouses Group.
Vivian knew what she wanted and her family quickly learned this, too. For instance, don’t call her at 7 p.m. because she was busy watching “Wheel of Fortune.” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price is Right” were two other programs best left uninterrupted.
Vivian also loved working jigsaw puzzles, so when you came by, be prepared to sit around the table and work on the puzzle if you planned on visiting with her. Other interests included making ceramics, watching her birds from the kitchen and playing solitaire the old-fashioned way or on the computer. She enjoyed traveling with Paul and her favorite destination was Gatlinburg, which they visited often over the years.
Vivian always said the rosary at night before going to bed, but, according to the kids, sometimes it was an abbreviated version if she happened to nod off. Her family also talked about her ability to welcome new members into Al-Anon, helping them to comfortably settle into the group. Family was important to her and the kids all agreed Mom’s best friend was her sister Helen. They also laughed about the holidays in recent years. Mom would tell them, “This year I’m too old to do Christmas.” Other plans would be made only for Vivian to let them know a few days before that they were all expected at the house.
The kids also teased her about her shopping habits. She loved to shop and would bring clothes home, ultimately deciding they didn’t fit or she really didn’t like them and have the kids find a new home for them.
She is survived by her daughters Beverly Goldsmith-Bowling, Cincinnati, and Dawn Giltz, Fairfield, Ohio; sons Paul Jr., Canton, Ohio, Douglas, Greensburg, and David, Bright; sister Helen Bise, Batesville; brothers Charles, Sunman, and Steven, Holton; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Agnes Faulkner.
Visitation is Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at St. Louis Catholic Church with the Rev. Shawn Whittington officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.