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Mary Jean (Tesch) Woodford

July 26, 1943 ~ November 9, 2018 (age 75)

Funeral services for Mary Jean Woodford, age 75, of Austin, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home.  Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at


Mary died Friday, November 9, 2018 at Our House in Austin.


Mary Jean Woodford was born on July 26, 1943 in Waseca, Minnesota, the daughter of Elmer and Delila (Schumaker) Tesch.  She grew up in Wells, Minnesota Lake, and Kiester.  On June 20, 1963, Mary was united in marriage to Douglas Woodford.  The couple later divorced.  She worked a variety of jobs over the years, including at Green Giant, Birdseye, and Hollandale Marketing Association. Mary enjoyed music, especially country music, and attending concerts at Edgewater Park.  She loved celebrating birthdays and spending holidays with family.  She would regularly give blood and was helpful to people in need.


Mary is survived by her son, Clinton Woodford; sister, Athelene (Ken) Gerber; brother, Delmar Schnoor; nephew, Michael (Malissa) Schnoor and their children, Veronica, Jazzten, and James; niece, Michelle (James) Stubkjaer and their children, Emma, Isabella, Sophie, and Jakob; niece, Donna (Randy) Saltou and their children Roger and Reina; niece, Diane (Jeffrey) Schmidt and their children, Justin (Natalie) Schmidt and Amber (Chad) Vittorio and their children, Carson and Corinne; niece-in-law, Cheryl Farris and her son, Cody.


Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Delila; former husband, Douglas; daughter-in-law, Karen Woodford; grandparents, Fred and Elsa Schumaker; sister-in-law, Marilyn Schnoor; and nephew, Daniel Farris.

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