Madonna Wine Goss (or "Mrs. G." as she was lovingly known by her students), passed away on Monday, December 18, 2007.

Born on April 1, 1923, Madonna was a graduate of Roosevelt H.S. and Manchester College. She also completed numerous graduate studies including Westminster Choir College; Juillard School of Music; and the Cincinnati conservatory.

In 1946 she began her teaching career in Alexandria, OH teaching vocal and instrumental music in all 12 grades. She returned to the Dayton area in 1948 where she taught choral music and organ at Roosevelt High School. Madonna taught in Oakwood and 21 years in the Kettering School System before retiring in 1983.

Many of her students were selected to sing with the Ohio Honors Choir who toured Europe several times as she accompanied and was an assistant director. On a subsequent tour she took her own students and parent chaperones to Austria to sing with choirs from other countries in concert.

She will be remembered as a devoted teacher and second "mom" to many students as well as for the outstanding productions of Broadway Musicals she directed at Kettering Fairmont East High School.

Her 50 year organ career began while she was still in high school. Madonna was an organist at College Street Church of the Brethren, Ohmer Park Methodist, Memorial Baptist, South Park Methodist and Dayton First Baptist Church, where she was a member. During those years, she also directed choirs at First Baptist and Fairmont Presbyterian Church.

She was a member of the American Guild of Organists and past Dean of the Dayton Chapter AGO, Secretary and Historian for 12 years of Ohio Choral Directors Association, President of Delta Omicron Music Fraternity, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, member of The Dayton Music Club, member and board member of the Dayton Women's Club and Choral Director of the first three "Muse Machine" musical productions.

In 1984 she received the honor of being inducted into the "Chester A. Roush" Hall of Fame.

Preceded in death by her husband, Ted, and her parents, Dr. Norman B. and Grace E. Wine. Survived by son, Craig Goss, daughter Sherri Kertesz and grandsons, Larry and Stephen Kertesz; relatives, loving friends, and literally thousands of students whose lives were forever changed and enriched for having had her as their teacher ... and being blessed with her as a friend.

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