Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

WOODWARD, JOHN M (1842-1923)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (February 16, 1923)

Headstone of John M Woodward
John M Woodward
IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz

DIED: WOODWARD - In Santa Cruz, Feb 15, John M. Woodward, aged 81 years, 11 months and 11 days, a native of New York.

The funeral of the deceased will take place Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from Chase's undertaking parlors. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend. Interment at I.O.O.F. cemetery.

J.M. Woodward Dies at Home

John W. Woodward, an octogenarian, and one of the best known Beach hill residents, died yesterday.

With his wife, sister of Mr. and Mrs. Beecher, he came to California twenty years ago from Preston Iowa, and he made many friends here during that time. He came from the middle west, but his birthplace was New York, 81 years ago.

Mr. Woodward was on the street the third of this month, and the following Sunday was on the East Side to take dinner with friends. Not feeling well, he went home early, and since that time had been ill with influenza. Pneumonia developed and the end came about 6 o'clock yesterday morning.

He is survived by his wife, his sister Mrs. [illegible], residing in Michigan. He was an old soldier, and a member of the G.A.R. in the East.

The funeral will be held Saturday from the Chase undertaking parlors.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (February 18, 1923)

Funeral Over John Woodward

Many were at Chase's undertaking parlors in attendance at the funeral of John M. Woodward, who died on Beach hill.

Friends, members of the G.A.R. and Woodmen were present.

The service was that of the ritual of the Woodmen, and Mrs. Joseph Riordan and A.N. Mellor sang "Jesus Lover of My Soul," "Come Ye Disconsolate."

The flower covered coffin was carried by comrades of the G.A.R.

The burial was at the Odd Fellows cemetery.

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