Doris Koedyker was a descendent of the Wolfe family, and was proud to research her family and share her knowledge about one of Portage’s founding families with others.
“She was proud of her heritage,” said her daughter, Beverly Uzelac. “She enjoyed researching family history and liked to tour Wolfe Mansion.”
Doris Koedyker, 95, of Portage, died June 1. She had worked for Fox Photo in Portage and Lloyds Luggage and Gift Shop in Gary.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James McIlrath, and her second husband, Alfred Koedyker.
Koedyker was the oldest active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Portage and was involved with the Portage Historical Society.
She was an outgoing and vivacious woman, always engaging others in conversation, whether she knew them or not.
“No matter where she was or who she saw, she would start up a conversation,” her daughter said.
She enjoyed gardening and grew flowers including hydrangeas, roses, hostas and impatiens.
“She didn’t learn to drive until she was in her 60s,” Uzelac said.
Koedyker valued honesty, her faith and doing what’s right.
She was always willing to help and listen to others.
“She had a listening ear when people had problems,” Uzelac said. “She would listen as they would pour their hearts out.”