Mary Gooze One Woman Many Lakes

Mary Gooze smiling and flexing muscles in a wet suit in front of a Madison lake

I first heard from Mary Gooze a decade ago, when I was writing a newspaper column, and Gooze, a retired teacher in the village of Oregon, was turning 60 and had prepared for herself a preposterous to-do list.

At least, it was preposterous to me. I got exhausted just reading it.

Woman with stage 4 cancer swims toward a new goal for her 70th birthday

Rob and Mary Gooze in Arizona in 2011.