Mary Woodrick, 1937-2019

Mary G. Woodrick, 81, of Michigan City, IN, passed away peacefully at 8:37 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2019, at Regency Hospital, Portage, IN.

She was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Michigan City to Walter W. and Joyce (Ballard) Ganschow.

Mary was a 1955 graduate of Elston High School and attended South Bend College of Commerce. She worked in the office at Trinity Episcopal Church and went on to work in the South Shore office.  Mary was an active lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church as the organist and also sang in the choir. She had been a member of the Girl Scouts for 25 years. After moving with her husband to the Woodrick family farm, Mary worked in the fields until her three sons were old enough to help. She then took over bookkeeping and tax preparation for the farm, now known as Heartbreak Ridge Dairy Farm.

On Nov. 30, 1957, in Michigan City, she married Lester E. Woodrick, who preceded her in death on Aug. 14, 2011.

Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, John Ganschow.

Surviving are her 3 sons, Paul (Jackie) Woodrick of Sherman, TX, James Woodrick of Michigan City and Stephen (Beth) Woodrick of Michigan City; 8 grandchildren, Chad (Sarah), Emigh (Saka), Joshua (Megan), Keela, Hannah, Jack, Adam, and Ashley; 10 great-grandchildren; and lifelong friend, Charmin Melnick.

A funeral celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Michigan City, with Rev. Joseph Czolgosz officiating. Visitation and viewing will be held from 4–7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, LaPorte, and from 10 a.m., Friday until the service at the church.  A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springville Cemetery, LaPorte.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Episcopal Church, 600 Franklin Square, Michigan City, IN 46360; the Trinity Episcopal Community Food Pantry; the Trinity Church Organ/Music Fund; the Share Foundation, P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371-0400; or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

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