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John Anthony Wooditch
Service: May 22, 2020 (Friday) Private
Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rockville, Maryland

John Anthony Wooditch

April 3, 1926 – May 9, 2020

In the early morning of May 9, 2020, John Anthony Wooditch, age 94, of Rockville, Maryland, our loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

John was born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania on April 3, 1926, to the late John and Mary Wooditch. He grew up in Swoyersville and graduated from Swoyersville High School. Upon graduation, he joined the military where he served with the US Marines for a short time, then the US Navy as a Medical Corpsman, proudly serving his country for nearly twenty-one years. After retiring from active duty, he returned as a civilian to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and worked in the Purchasing Department as a Supervisory Purchasing Agent, until his retirement.

In the early years of his military career, when John was home on leave, he attended a wedding, where he met the love of his life, Helen Elizabeth Hanko. They married August 4, 1951, and enjoyed 64 loving years of marriage, until her death on September 17, 2015. They had three children, DonnaMarie, Thomas, and John.

As an adult, John joined a bowling league and enjoyed competitive bowling, In retirement, he continued to serve his country through active involvement in the American Legion Post 86, Rockville, Maryland, where he held numerous posts, including Post Commander. Until his death, he was also an active member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Triangle Branch 182, Rockville, Maryland. John was a member of both of these organizations for more than 50 years. In his 50’s, he re-united with a group of his Veteran shipmates and they enjoyed hosting reunions, which always included their wives, forming tight bonds and deep friendships, once again.

John was a dedicated father, and together with our mother, was actively involved in their children’s lives and activities from their childhood through their adulthood. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. He was a quiet, humble man, who never asked for much, preferring to be on the giving end. From a young age, he was often and lovingly referred to as “Woody”, by relatives and friends.

He is pre-deceased by his loving wife, Helen, parents John and Mary Wooditch; sister, Eleanor Bronsberg; brothers Joseph, Leonard, and George Wooditch; and his son-in-law Mark Drabkowski.

John is survived by his three children, who he loved deeply. DonnaMarie of Baltimore, Maryland; Thomas and wife Cathleen of Clayton, North Carolina; and John of Rockville, Maryland. He also leaves behind two adored granddaughters, Angela Lukow, husband Evan; and Lauren Compel, husband David; along with three great-grandchildren who brought him so much joy these last few years – Isaiah, Jonah, and Sienna Compel. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

On May 22, 2020, a private funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rockville, Maryland. John will be interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland, next to his wife.

In light of the current social restrictions and when future conditions permit all relatives and friends to gather, there will be a Memorial Mass with Military Honors at St. Mary’s Church, followed by a celebration of our father’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Bethesda, Maryland.

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