GOLDIE R. MONTGOMERY, age 97, passed away July 15, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. Mother of K.J. Montgomery; Grandma G to Martin Schultz of Sheffield Village, Ohio, and Drew Schultz (Lindsay Cronin) of Royal Oak, Michigan; Mrs. Montgomery, the piano teacher to hundreds of students over decades in Mentor, Ohio.
Born "up north" in Chisholm, Minnesota in 1924, she tended the family gardens and developed an extraordinary devotion to the animals she raised, naming her chickens after opera singers. In 1943, she left the iron range and followed the ore boats to Cleveland to study her beloved music. A coloratura soprano, she spent many hours practicing at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and sang for dignitaries like President Harry Truman. Since 2008, she has been part of the Judson Manor Terrace Two family of residents and the infinitely kind, tireless staff who cared for her. Her love of animals, gardening, and most of all music is the legacy by which she will live on...
The leader of the band is tired
And her eyes are growing old
But her blood runs through our instruments
And her song is in our souls...
Goldie will be interred in the Chisholm City Cemetery as her heart was always in the north woods. She will rest alongside her father "who was always singing."
There will be no services. Donations may be made in her name to the Cleveland Animal Protective League, clevelandapl.org/donate/make-a-donation/ Cleveland APL, 1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, or The Music Settlement, Office of Advancement 11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. www.themusicsettlement.org/give/donate-now,