Dana Lynn Wodrich (Linville), 41, of Middleville, Michigan, formerly of Shelby County

Dana Lynn Wodrich (Linville), 41, of Middleville, Michigan, formerly of Shelby County, fell asleep peacefully at her home and woke up in Heaven with her Lord Jesus on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

She was born April 26, 1982, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Daniel Wayne and Vickie Lynn Linville (Brown). Dana is survived by her husband, Niklas Albert Wodrich, whom she married on June 18, 2005 and her beloved daughters, Cailin Marie (18) and Olivia Lynn (15). 

In addition to Nik and her daughters, Dana is survived by her mother Vickie Linville; brother, Benjamin Linville and wife, Gena, of Shelbyville; nephews, Carson Linville and Kellen Linville; grandmother, Marlene (Tinsley) Linville of Morristown; Sister-in-Law Janet (Dan) Fild and brother-in-law Karl (Jennifer)  Wodrich; nieces Caroline (Ethan) Kasen, Anna Fild, Grace (Scott) Fryover, Stephanie Wodrich and nephews Christian Fild, Joshua Wodrich, Jacob Wodrich, and Arend Fild and two great nieces, Willow Fild and Louisa Kasen all of Grand Rapids, MI; along with a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father; and grandparents, John Linville, Claron Brown, Betty Brown Short and George Short, as well as her father-in-law and mother-in-law Fred and Lynne Wodrich.

In 2000, Dana graduated from Morristown High School.  Most of Dana’s working career was in the insurance business. She was currently an account manager for BHS Insurance of Grandville, Michigan.

Her biggest joy was serving the Lord. She attended Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, Michigan, where she and her daughter, Cailin, taught Sunday school to five and six-year olds.  Her great desire was to minister to combat veterans, of which her dad was one.  Dana had taken steps to learn more about that calling.

Dana was a devoted wife to her husband and mother to her beloved daughters. They were the loves and the joys of her life! Dana and Nik spent time together cooking great food, and sharing their love of sports, often watching the Colts, Lions, and Tigers and Michigan State games. She loved shopping with Cailin and relished watching her play volleyball and basketball over the years, and more recently playing varsity tennis. Dana was so proud of Cailin and her upcoming graduation from Thornapple Kellogg High School and was excited for her to begin her college career at Grand Valley State University. She spent many special hours with Olivia, homeschooling her and talking about horses and taking her to her horseback riding lessons. She also really just enjoyed relaxing and spending time at home with her family! 

Dana and her mom loved college sports and they visited the Notre Dame stadium and Hinkle Fieldhouse to watch their favorite teams, the Fighting Irish and the Butler Bulldogs. They were blessed to be able to make many special memories on their mother-daughter trips.

She especially loved her brother, Ben and his family. She would almost always make a lasagna or a cherry pie to take to the Shelbyville Fire Department crew, that Ben was a part of.  Her nephews, Carson and Kellen, had a special place in her heart and she would try to make  it down to see them play whatever sport they were in at the time.She dearly loved her many Indiana relatives and enjoyed family gatherings, as often as she could make it down to the place that she always considered her home. 

Dana was also a beloved sister-in-law to Janet, and devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews in Michigan. She strived to attend as many of their activities as she could! She and “the nieces” enjoyed many “girls days out” getting nails done and doing lunch together! Dana adored her most recent role as Great Aunt to her new great nieces and took every chance she could to get in baby snuggles with them! She had a huge heart and always offered to help everyone in their time of need! Dana was so greatly cherished and loved by her Michigan family! 

Dana had the biggest and kindest heart and blessed all who crossed her path. There aren’t enough words to say about Dana and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Visitation will be from 10 am to 1 pm, Monday, April 1, 2024, at Little Blue River Friends Church, 122 N 1000 W, Morristown.

Funeral services will follow at 1 pm on Monday, at the church, with Rev. Shane Arthur and Jake Brown officiating.

A Celebration of Dana’s Life is planned for her Michigan and other nearby family and friends on Saturday, April 13 from 1-4pm at the Wyoming Campus of Cornerstone Church. 2730 56th St. SW 49418. 

Interment will be at Little Blue River Friends Cemetery in Rush County.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Education Savings Plans set up for Dana’s daughters Cailin and Olivia via using the following codes - Cailin: R2V-T92 and Olivia: V1T-E19.