Woodruff, Brenda K., age 59, of New Haven, passed away on December 26, 2014, in her home, with her family by her side. She was born on September 22, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas, to the late Ronald and Doris Couto. She married Michael Woodruff, Sr., on July 24, 1973, in Mount Clemens, he preceded her death on April 8, 2004, after 31 years of marriage. Brenda retired from New Haven Community Schools, after 23 years of service. She was well known by everyone as “Mrs. Brenda”, the bus driver. She also served for 15 years, as the first female firefighter of New Haven and Lenox Township fire departments. She is survived by her children, Michele (Dean) Sieting of New Haven, Marcia (Brian) Pelione of Utica, Michael Woodruff, Jr., of New Haven; grandchildren, Zack, Jesse, Haley, Grace, Michael III, Neno and Liam; step-father, Kenneth Nevin; sisters, Kim (Jeff) Meyer, Kristin (John) Case, Kari (Norm) Brook, brothers; Keith Nevin, Ronald Couto, Brian Couto and Lee Couto; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Aaron (Denise) Woodruff, Theresa (Al) Potrykus, Anthony (Janice) Woodruff, Cyril Sieveke, Wendy Moore and Mary Woodruff, along with several loving nieces, nephew and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lynette Sieveke and brothers, Richard Couto and Robert Couto. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Noon, in the Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 58527 Delanie Street, New Haven. Reverend John L. Mack will officiate. Visiting will be Tuesday, December 30, 2014, from 1-8 p.m. in the Jowett Funeral Home, 57737 Gratiot, New Haven, and again on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. until time of service at Noon. Memorial tributes can be made to the wishes of the family. View obituary and share memories at: jowettfuneraldirectors.comPublished in Daily Tribune on Dec. 29, 2014+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View all messages 4 "I am so deeply sorry for your loss and my prayers are with..."- Nancy Bunt"I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will pray for your family...."- Margo Tobey (Stacy)"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Brenda's family..."- Jeanette W and James Harris"We love you and miss you our prayers are with you and your..."- rhonda and dale miron Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of Brenda Woodruff Add a video + Please add a photo and share in the life story for Brenda Woodruff Add a photo + http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailytribune/obituary.aspx?n=brenda-k-woodruff&pid=173637288&fhid=28688