December 26, 1940–April 4, 2021
Beloved and loving mother and wife, educator, entrepreneur. Linda Woodrow, 80, of Okemos Michigan, passed away in her home on April 4th. She passed peacefully with Michael, her husband of nearly 60 years, and her children Deena Wierzbicki and Allan (Lauren) by her side. She is also survived by grandchildren Alyssa and Kyle Wierzbicki, Madelyn and Amelia.
Linda, the only daughter of Irving and Kate Marks, grew up in New York City, where she earned her BS in education from CCNY. Later, she received an MA in Reading Instruction from Michigan State University. She spent the majority of her long teaching career in the Dansville School District as a Reading Specialist/Consultant and as a Reading and English Teacher for the middle school. Her nearly forty years in the district included Teacher of the Year in 2007-2008.
Linda was dedicated to the field of education, and her many accomplishments included founding United Scholastic Services, editing a variety of newsletters for parents of young children and educators, was a past President of the Capital Area Reading Council, and former Treasurer of the Ingham County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. Linda also selflessly volunteered for many organizations including Shaarey Zedek Congregation and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, the latter of which she was on the Board of Women’s Managers and past Chairperson of the Archives Committee.
But Linda will best be remembered not for her many accomplishments but for the love she left behind, including the love others felt for her. She was a caring and devoted parent and wife, and passionate about supporting her friends and family, especially in times of need.
She also enjoyed fine dining, regularly attended the symphony and theater, was easily absorbed by word puzzles and reading, and adored socializing with her friends.
Linda’s funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 6th at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan. In lieu of flowers the family has asked donations be made in memory of Linda Woodrow to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Sparrow Hospital (Lansing, Michigan) or Shaarey Zedek Congregation (East Lansing, Michigan). Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.