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Fond Farewell: Financial Accounting and Reporting Staff Member Lenora Goni

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.
Jason Halley / University Photographer

Staff member Lenora Goni, who served financial accounting and reporting for seven years, passed away April 30. She was 59.

Born February 27, 1963, in Artesia, Goni graduated from Kelseyville High School in 1981 and went on to work as an accounts payable clerk in Lassen County for many years before she was hired as an accounting technician at Chico State in 2015.

Goni’s colleagues say that she made a lasting impression during her tenure in the department, commenting that she always had a sense of humor, a supportive attitude, and a desire to help with whatever anyone needed.

“I found her to be one of the most positive-minded people I have worked with,” said payment specialist Janita Pierce. “Lenora cared about the quality of her work, always keeping in mind the effect it would have on the next person.”

Lenora Goni was dedicated to her work, had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed a love for all things pig-related.

“She was a very kind spirit and had a quick wit that was appreciated by her teammates. And oh, could she make us laugh!” added Accounts Payable Manager Melissa Taylor. “She was a dedicated and thoughtful employee who always jumped in to support the collective efforts and goals of our team and those that we support.”

Christine Ponce, now an administrative support coordinator for the College of Business, says she had the pleasure of working with Goni for several years and describes her as a wonderful coworker.

“She was a no-nonsense woman who loved her family and was committed to work,” Ponce said. “She also loved pigs and collecting any items that had a pig on it. I once went to her house and it was literally covered with pigs on various items and always looking cute. She gave me one to remember her by when I left Accounts Payable, and I still have that on my computer desk to this day. I always loved looking at it, as it reminded me of her generous spirit.”

Several other colleagues also said they treasure the pig trinkets Goni gifted them over the years. She is also remembered for loving to spend time at the ocean.

Goni is survived by her husband, Rocky; son Richard; daughter Jessica; five grandchildren; and sisters Suzan and Darleen.

No services will be held. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to The Truth Initiative.

The University flag will be lowered Monday, May 16, in her memory.

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