April 5, 1924 – Feb. 17, 2013
Josiane M. Woodman of Angola, a native of France and teacher of French language in Western New York, died Sunday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home, Clarence. She was 88.
The former Josiane M. Soudry worked with her family in the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation in World War II. She was later given a certificate of recognition from the French government for her efforts.
In 1946, she married Elmer W. Woodman, an American soldier who had taken part in the Normandy invasion, and she came to America with him. They settled in his hometown, Angola, and raised a family.
Mrs. Woodman received her teaching degree in France and taught there briefly after the war. She began teaching at Lake Shore Central High School in Angola in 1959. She established an after-school French Club and led her students in French competitions and performances at local colleges and universities. She retired from Lake Shore in 1984.
She studied at Canisius College and the University at Buffalo, earning a master’s degree in French literature from UB. She then taught French at Fredonia State College.
She was active in several international organizations, including the Alliance Francaise de Buffalo. In retirement, she pursued ballroom dancing and took drum lessons at Community Music School, which led her to take part in dancing and drumming competitions and stage performances.
Her husband of 37 years died in 1983.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Henri, and a daughter, Elizabeth Voll.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Addison Funeral Home, 262 N. Main St., Angola.