Lorraine L. Woodard

April 3, 1928February 6, 2014

Lorraine L. Woodard, age 85, passed away February 6, 2014. Beloved wife of the late LeRoy. Loving mother of Ruth Bradburn, Constance (Bruce) Mendenhall, Robert (Cindy) Woodard and the late Linda Woodard. Proud grandmother of Sean (Heather) Bradburn, Eric (Keiko) Mendenhall, Andrew Mendenhall, Kristen and Kara Woodard. Treasured great-grandmother of Megan Bradburn, Cole Mendenhall and Caitlyn Bradburn. Dear sister of Barbara Cope and Joyce French. Lorraine, a retired English teacher, graduated from the University of Michigan. She loved quilting, painting, and was the former president of the ALI. Memorial contributions can be made in Lorraine’s memory to the Michigan Humane Society or a book donation to your local library.


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Loretta Richard

February 27, 2015

Every student has one teacher that makes a difference in his or her life. Lorraine Woodard was that person for me. I think of her often, even 40 years after I sat in her classes.

Richard Bookwalter

February 12, 2014

Ms. Woodard (as I knew her in the 70s, when she was my English teacher), managed to combine personal warmth and affection with very high expectations. Her influence on my development was huge at a very challenging time of life. I will always remember her with great respect and affection.

February 11, 2014

Lorraine was a true friend. A very special person in my life. Our good times together will always be remembered.
Patricia Bubel (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Pat Conzelman

February 11, 2014

Lorraine was both a colleague and good friend. We have fond memories of the good times we shared over the past thirty years. Lorraine was an excellent cook, and we loved being invited to her dinner parties. She had a quick wit that could not be matched, especially at faculty meetings. She shared with us her love of family, art, literature, music, film, and games. We always wanted her on our team when we played Trivia Pursuit! Our boys learned to play Dominoes when Lorraine and Roy spend a weekend with us at our cottage on Glen Lake. We will never forget discussing The Tin Drum and laughing hysterically! She was one incredible woman. She will be truly missed, but we will always have the wonderful memories. Our condolences go out to her family. We are all better individuals because she was a constant figure in our lives.
Pat & Jim Conzelman

Sharon Snodgrass

February 10, 2014

Lorraine, always a supporter, a mentor. Here confidence in me was great inspiration to do better and reach further.

Lorri Hopping

February 9, 2014

Last semester of senior year, I switched into Mrs. Woodard's last-hour Advanced Composition class, where a diverse group of us crystallized into lifelong friends, including Lorraine. She even attended our graduation party at Derek's and kept in touch through my mother (a fellow teacher). Later, after I moved back to Michigan, she treated me to lively lunch conversations and enjoyed the crowd at our annual picnics (I've uploaded a photo).

Her graduation gift to me, a budding writer, was a pen that lights up. She knew before I did that my best ideas and stories would come at night and vanish into the ether if not recorded. I loved that pen for what it represented—a teacher who really "got me" and was rooting for me.

Lorraine was the most inspirational teacher I had, a supporter and friend to the end, and one of the sharpest, wittiest, no-nonsense people on the planet. My heart goes out to Connie, Ruthie, Robert, their families, and everyone who knew and loved Lorraine as I did.

Lorri Hopping

February 9, 2014

Christine Millington

February 9, 2014

I met Lorraine late in life, when she came to live at Centennial Farm in Green Oak Township. Lorraine was very approachable, had a great sense of humor and was always willing to answer grammar questions for those of us involved with the community newsletter. We have missed she and Penney since they moved away. May she rest in eternal peace. Wonderful memories of our times together are shared by Mike and Christine Millington and many friends at Centennial Farm.

Ron Meteyer

February 9, 2014

I remember when Lorraine came to NHS as a student teacher with Pat Dorian. She then joined the English Dept. and from her first day until her last, she was a class act. We were neighbors and car-pooled for several years. An amazing woman I'm proud to have known.

Emily Serafa Manschot

February 9, 2014

I taught with Lorraine at Northville High School for over 20 years. I always admired her intelligence, her wit, and her directness. When an administrator would make a nebulous statement full of educational jargon at a faculty meeting, she would always ask, "What does that mean?" (emphasis on the mean). She was beloved not only by you, her family, but by many colleagues and students. My sincere sympathy on your loss.