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July 29, 2013

Mary A. Woodcock

Mary A. Woodcock

ONEONTA — A dedicated wife, loving mother and cherished friend of her community passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Oneonta.

Mary Ann (Kordich) Woodcock, 88, passed away at A.O. Fox Nursing Home, shortly after arriving for rehab.

Mary had numerous younger friends that supported her and brought her great happiness in her later years. She served as Matriarch of the Sunflower Women’s Club of West Oneonta, enjoying the frequent parties and weekly wine sessions.

An avid gardener, Mary maintained a wide array of flowers and plants surrounding her house. She was well-known for her finely constructed sandwiches.

Born at home on Sept. 26, 1924, in Glendale, Calif., Mary was the fourth daughter of Peter Kordich and Mara (Ribarich) Kordich. Her cousin and lifelong friend, Martha, was born two days later in a nearby bedroom.

A graduate of Glendale High School, Mary was especially proud to purchase and maintain her first car while in school, regularly cleaning the spark plugs and changing the oil herself. She enjoyed trips to the beach with her friends, even if it meant skipping an occasional class.

Working in airplane assembly during World War II, before a long career in food service, Mary married a “cute” navy sailor, Leon E. Woodcock Jr. on Aug. 10, 1944, in Long Beach, Calif.

Always looking to fulfill her “patriotic duty,” Mary ensured that her husband made it to and from the base each day and traveled with him throughout his navel career to Alaska, Oregon, Hawaii and California before retiring to Oneonta with him in 1965.

After raising three children, Mary returned to food service in the cafeteria of Hartwick College in Oneonta. She greatly enjoyed getting to know many of the students and fellow staff members. She was proud to earn a beautiful clock on her 10th-year anniversary shortly before retiring.

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