In Memoriam – Mary McHale Wood
This summer will mark the 20th anniversary of our sister Mary’s death. There is much to say about the gifts Mary gave to the world. After graduating from St. Norbert College with a degree in English, she wrote for the now defunct Green Bay News-Chronicle. Later she lived and worked in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Editor of the Caribbean Business News. She also labored as an editor for Jack DeLano’s final book published by the Smithsonian. Her final career position was working as a speechwriter for the then governor and his wife in Puerto Rico’s Office of the Governor.
Mary’s creative endeavors were many and varied. She was a musician who wrote her own songs, and a graphic artist who created her own geometric, colorful stationary. She composed poetry, haikus and novels in both English and Spanish.
Mary lived a full yet relatively short life, dying at age 50 after juvenile-onset diabetes finally caught up with her. She accomplished a lot in the many facets her gemstone of a life offered. Sadly, her spiritual
accomplishments beyond are not for us to see. Godspeed dear sister.
Patrick J. Wood
Author of “Dear Reader” and “Tapestry of Love and Loss”