Mary Elizabeth “Josie” Woodworth-Turner

Mary Elizabeth (Fuller) Woodworth-Turner, affectionately known as Josie, died very peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at her home. She was born on August 16, 1933 in Richland Center, Wisconsin to Carmen (James) and Norris Fuller. She married Frank Woodworth on August 7, 1954 in Richland Center. They moved to Madison and ultimately to Beaver Dam in 1958. Josie was a proud graduate of the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing (Class of 1954) in Madison, Wisconsin. She later furthered her education and received a BA in Nursing Arts from the University of St. Francis in 1984 at the age of 50. She worked at Beaver Dam Community Hospitals from 1983 until her retirement in 1994.

Josie was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Beaver Dam since 1958 and sang in the choir for 60 years. She was an active volunteer at church, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross Blood Bank, Stephen Ministry and provided countless hours of piano music at Hillside Manor, Eagle’s Wings and Charleston House.

She lists raising four children as one of her most notable achievements: Mary, James, Sarah, and Elizabeth. Her loving influence on all of us cannot be overstated.

After Frank’s death in 1992, Josie married Francis “Bud” Turner on her birthday, August 16, 1994. They built a home in Beaver Dam and enjoyed twenty-four years together.

Josie was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, parents, brother, husband Frank, and son James. She is survived by her husband Bud Turner; daughters Mary Woodworth Schmidt (Steve Schmidt), Sarah Woodworth (Dave Davis), Elizabeth Woodworth (Jeff Kriner); daughter-in-law Dawn Woodworth; step-children Vicki Turner Frinak (Les), Jacqui Turner Hesse (David), Jeanne Turner Behm; and sister-in-law Ann. Josie is further survived by her grandchildren Andrew Schmidt (Rachelle Hill), Christopher Kirsh (Angie Kirsh), Colin Schmidt (Olivia Hoff), Emily Kriner-Woodworth; step-grandchildren Scott Frinak, Jennifer Frinak Zuleger (Greg), Meredith Hesse, Meghan Hesse Ratliff (Jackson), Abigail Behm Konet (Steve), Ashley Behm Winn (Kevin); great-grandchildren Addison Kirsh, Fay and Adela Schmidt; step-great-grandchildren Aryanna Frinak, Natalia Frinak, Alex Frinak, Jett Zuleger, Alexander Tabano, Margaret Ratliff, Frances Ratliff, David Ratliff, Jace Konet, Mason Winn, Gracie Winn, Isabele Winn; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to thank Jeanne Behm and Hillside Hospice for their care and compassion.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11:00 am at Grace Presbyterian Church, 215 Gould Street, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. A Memorial Gathering will begin at 9:00 am at the church.

If desired, memorials to Hillside Home Care and Hospice in Beaver Dam would be appreciated.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at