Mary Louise Wooden, 76, of Red Wing, passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 24, 1945, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the only child of Leo and Helen (Burke) Ryan. She graduated from Archbishop Murray High School in 1963, then attended Winona State College and graduated in 1968 with an elementary education degree. On August 8, 1970, she married David Wooden. The following year she taught at Kellogg and when she and David moved to Red Wing in 1970 she taught two years at Colvill Schools. Mary continued to teach part-time for many years at Red Wing schools while raising her family of three children, John, Anne and Michael. During this time, she continued her education at Mankato State University and Hamline University, where she earned degrees in Special Education and English as a Second Language. Her passion was her willingness to always help students who needed extra help in education, with this she taught for a few years at the Minnesota Correctional Facility, Adult Basic Education, Family Literacy, and also did tutoring at residence. She loved teaching all ages.
Mary had strong Irish and Catholic heritage and was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Red Wing and Miesville, where she spent her time volunteering at the Catholic elementary school. She was a member of the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Election Judge, volunteered at the Sheldon Theater and actively contributed her time to the Red Wing Figure Skating Club and 4-H. She enjoyed socializing, dining out, going on boat rides and in retirement she and David traveled extensively. She was an avid hockey and figure skating mom, as well as a hockey and soccer grandmother, always cheering on her kids and grandkids while admiring her jacket with their buttons.
Mary is survived by her husband, David; three children, John (Carrie) Wooden of Red Wing, Anne (James) Bremer of Red Wing and Michael (Kristi) Wooden of Rochester; six grandchildren, William, Grace, Nicholas, Henry, Luke and Sawyer; brother-in-law, Robert Wooden of Wabasha; nieces and nephews, Mary (Cass) Gordon, Thomas (Nancy) Wooden, Edward (Kelly) Wooden, Kate (John) Dunnum, Janet (Scott) Macon, as well as extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter and sister-in-law, Carol Wooden.
Resurrection Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Church with Father Brandon Theisen presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials are preferred at the Kiwanis Flower Basket Fund or donor’s choice. Funeral arrangements are by the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.