Edward John Woodfin, Jr.

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“Ed was a wonderful, caring man with a great sense of humour. He loved the native culture and the mountains here in New Mexico. Ed loved spending...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Teresa Costarella - Albuquerque, NM

“I meant Edward but I knew him as Eddie in the 60's.... ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Theresa Flautt - St. Joseph, MI, MI

“Ed and I grew up together and I remember in the second grade sitting together in Sister Rose Monica's class when they announced John F. Kennedy's...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Theresa Flautt - St. Joseph, MI, MI

“to the best teacher i ever had he realy cared about the kids i will never forget him and the songs he sang to us he will be missed dearly ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: robert howard hitchcock - Dewitt, MI

“I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Woodfin. I had enjoyed working with him here at Bernalillo High School, he will be missed by staff and students....Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Wanda Aguilar - Bernalillo, NM

“I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr Woodfin. He was my son's teacher at Bath elem. An amazing man with children, and Robert will never forget...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Sharon Hitchcock - DeWitt, MI

“Teammate, Classmate and Friend ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: John Lomacz - Gold Canyon, AZ

“So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working and chatting with Ed, he was a very friendly man. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Kristi Mortensen - Bernalillo, NM

“Thank you for having confidence in our native american students you were there mentor in so many ways, watch upon us and give us the wisdom to...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Frances Abeita - Bernalillo , NM

“Worked with him in his classrrrom, Great Person ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: GERI Escarcida - Bernalillo, , NM

“I knew Eddie since grade school just a year behind my class, which was arguably, the greatest class of Lake Michigan Catholic High School...the first...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Christopher Estkowski - Pullman, MI

“Michelle- We are so sorry to hear about Ed. You guys were fantastic and fun neighbors in) the condos. I remember Ed's horrified look 10 yrs ago...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Seth and Shannon Stover - MI

“One of my very favorite people on the planet...Will hold memoies close. BIG HUGE HUGS to your brother and sisters.... ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: jenna - san francisco, CA

“Some of fondest memories are from high school baseball days. Ed made our long bus trips easier with his wit and humor. Great first baseman and clutch...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: bob mattner - monett, MO

“I worked with Ed for many years at Bath Schools. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to Michelle and the rest of his...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Rosie DeSantis - Bath, MI

“Still can't believe I won't be getting any more phone calls from Ed on basketball and football game days. We were both fierce Spartan fans and...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: John Barry - Okemos, MI - friend

“Dear Family, I am sorry for your loss. Eddie and I were dear friends in high school and college. We lived together for a while in Lansing. I will...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Tim Gleason - Riverside, MI

“he was a good teacher and friend to me ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: NICHOLAS JAMES MILLER - MI

“My Dear, Dear Friends, Know of my deepest and heartfelt sympathy in your unexpected loss. Just as "Eddie" was so kind and caring to the many young...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Father Bill Jacobs - MI

“So sorry for your loss. Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you an all of your family. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Jim and Linda Kubash - MI

“To the family, I never laid eyes on this oldest brother, never heard his voice or shook his hand and yet pieces of him are pressed in the pages...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: DENISE BARKER - HARTFORD, MI

“Dear family, Ed and I went to school from 1-12 and he was always fondly thought of. He was a great guy and had allot of hard knocks. He also had...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Cindy Dorfler-Hederer - Manchaca, TX


Edward John Woodfin Jr., 57, of Albuquerque, NM, formerly of Lansing, MI, passed away in his home February 15, 2013.

A Requiem Mass will be held 11 A.M. Saturday, March 2, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Ave., Benton Harbor, with Father William Jacobs Jr. officiating. A casual Memorial Service and luncheon will begin at 1:30 until 4 P.M, Saturday, March 2, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Spartan attire is encouraged. Memorials may be made to the family or to the Special Olympics of Clinton County, Region 8. Those wishing to sign Ed's Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Ed was born June 3, 1955 to Edward John Sr. & Margaret "Lobby" (Miller) Woodfin in Benton Harbor, MI. In 1980 he graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in K-8 elementary education, and immediately began teaching with Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency. Ed received his Masters in Administration in 1989 from Grand Valley State University. He coached 7th grade basketball for Bath Community Schools in Bath, MI, as well playing an important role with coordinating track and field events for the Special Olympics. From 2007-2011, Ed taught in Bernalillo Public Schools in Albuquerque, NM. Ed's commitment to continuing education earned him additional certifications in the area: an endorsement in K-12 Emotional Impairment, an endorsement as a teacher consultant for the emotionally impaired in 1983, endorsements for Special Education Supervisor, Special Education Director, and K-8 Building Principal. He received The Teacher of the Year award from the Council for Exceptional Children in 1994 for Clinton, Ingham, and Eaton counties. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Throughout his career he touched many lives of special needs and disadvantaged students. In addition to his love of teaching and Native American culture, Ed was an avid Spartan fan and a passionate chef at heart.

He is survived by his wife, Michele Allore-Woodfin, of Lansing, MI; by his four siblings, Lisa (Lloyd) Mearing, of Paw Paw, MI; Jim (Annette) Woodfin, of Stevensville, MI; Mary Pat "Tish"(Jeff) Petrillo, of Highland, MI; Kathy Ann (Chris) Estkowski, of Pullman, MI; his aunt, Dr. Beulah Woodfin, of Albuquerque, NM, numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved companion Kiva.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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