IN MEMORY OF YET ANOTHER OF OUR FELLOW PERFORMERS GONE :LOLA GOETSCHE
Vera “Lola” Goetschi
Oct. 14, 1922 - Nov. 17, 2008
Lola Goetschi, 86, of Sarasota since 1947, originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, died at home, Nov. 17, 2008.
Lola is survived by her son, Emil, Jr., and grandson, Zachary. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Emil, Sr., in 2002.
Memorial service will be held at (2pm on Monday, December 8th 2008) at the Show Folk's Club of Sarasota.
Born October 14, 1922, she was the daughter of Alex & Anna Dobritch. It was in Sofia that she studied ballet
and wire walking. Her love of these arts lead her to become known as the ballerina of the silver strand. She
would dance on her toes across the wire, pleasing audiences wherever she performed. Lola's beautiful talent
took her throughout the world.
In 1946, Lola married unicyclist, Emil Goetschi. It was in 1947 that they came to the Untied States to
perform with Ringling Bros. Circus. After a few seasons with Ringling they continued to tour in America
with various circuses, performed in many Las Vegas clubs, and were featured on several television shows
including Ed Sullivan. Her favorite, of course, would be her brother's circus, Al Dobritch International Circus.
After retirement, Lola still enjoyed the circus and ballet, and would often be seen in the audience cheering on
The family wishes to thank Tidewell Hospice for its comfort and care during her last days, and in lieu of
flowers, donations to Hospice would be deeply appreciated.