Dorothy Lustina Godich, 1925-2012

Dorothy Lustina Godich died on Monday, Jan. 30, at the age of 86. She was born on Dec. 3, 1925, in Wauwatosa, Wis., and raised in Gary, Ind. While in the Chicago area, she met the love of her life and married Steve Godich on Oct. 2, 1949. They moved to Dallas in the summer of 1951 and never left. Despite their Midwestern roots, they always considered themselves Texans.


Dorothy gave up a successful career as a court reporter to raise a family. She was a friend and counselor to many, and through her volunteer work, she touched the lives of countless others. She was a devoted student of the Bible and was active in Daughters of the King and the Episcopal church. Her family was one of the first to join the Church of the Transfiguration, where she served in many roles, including altar-guild directress. Later she was appointed to the position of altar-guild directress for the Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas.

She was a key early supporter of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and a board member for the Richardson Parks and Recreation Department. She was also an early and longtime member of the Richardson Women’s Club. Later in life she served as a volunteer with hospice, working with patients and their families and assisting with the bereavement program for the Visiting Nurse Association.


After family and faith, Dorothy was most passionate about the culinary arts. She studied at El Centro College and was known for her exquisite luncheons and dinner parties. She was also an accomplished pastry chef.  Before and after Steve’s death in 1993, she traveled the world extensively, walking along the Great Wall, sailing the Nile, riding elephants in Thailand.


Dorothy spent the last 22 months of her life at Walnut Place. Her family will be forever grateful for the professionalism and compassion shown by the doctors, nurses and staff there.


Dorothy is survived her daughter, Deborah Hankinson; her son, Mark Godich; her daughter-in-law, Leigh; and her grandson, Steven.


Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Faith Presbyterian Hospice, 43250 Sigma Road, Suite 400, Dallas, Texas, 75244, or the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, 1600 Viceroy Drive, Suite 400, Dallas 75235.