OBITUARY

William James Woolsey

December 11, 1938December 9, 2020

William James Woolsey, age 81, of East Lansing, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 with family by his side from Dementia with Lewy Bodies. William was born December 11, 1938, in Lansing, Michigan to Allen and Grace Woolsey. He graduated from Okemos High School and Michigan State University. William worked at the Michigan School for the Blind as the head groundskeeper until its closing. It was there that he met the love of his life Janet Moore. They married in 1972.

A lover of nature, William enjoyed working outside, fishing, hiking, and camping in Northern Michigan. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, especially to ask any angler he met, "How's the fishing?" Following retirement, William volunteered many hours of his time tending to the Memorial Garden at The Peoples Church in East Lansing. William also treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; daughter Debra (Michael) Trowbridge of Vermontville; daughter Jane (Allen) Hedeen of Fishers, Indiana; brother Fred (Diane) Woolsey of Grosse Pointe Shores; grandchildren Brody and Madison Trowbridge and Grace and Samuel Hedeen; sister-in-law Karen Moore; and brothers-in-law Brian (Marilyn) and William (Janet) Moore.

Donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 865 S. Cedar St., Mason, Michigan 48854; The Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing, Michigan 48823; or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, Georgia 30047.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.greastlansing.com for the Woolsey family.

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John Bratzler

December 22, 2020

I went to high school with Bill and he was my neighbor in Okemos. We played pick up basketball with Bill and friends. It is with a very heavy heart to hear about Bill’s passing. I wish all his family members the best though these sorrowful times. My wife, Kathy just recently lost her brother so we know the sorrow of a close friend who has passed away. Bill was a super guy and close friend through high school.

Richard McKinley

December 22, 2020

I'm very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I was a student at the Michigan school for the blind. Bill was very friendly and would stop what he was doing to talk to me whenever he saw me. My condolence to Janet and family.

Laura Stebbins

December 20, 2020

Dear Janet , Debra and Jane, I was sorry to learn of Bill's passing. He was such a kind, friendly, generous and cheerful man who always had a ready smile. I know that my ex-husband's family really valued Bill's help on Saturdays in the early '80s helping to take care of their father, Rolly Stebbins, who had dementia.
I wish you peace and comfort, and may happy memories remind you of the joy you shared in a life well lived.
Laura Stebbins

george hubka

December 13, 2020

Our sympathy and prayers to Janet and family members. From the time Inez and I first met Bill in 1967, while he and I were working together in cucumber research at MSU, until today it has been an honor for us to have been able to have considered him a friend. Bill had a witty sense of humor and was never at a loss for great thoughts about a variety of topics. He truly was an active outdoorsman who really knew where to find the fish and what lure it took to land them. May Bill's days be forever filled with a full creel each and every day.

Mary Ellen Sheets

December 13, 2020

I went to Okemos elementary & high school with Bill (I called him Billy). We worked on class reunions together and after he retired, he helped me with the flowers around my home and office. We had never had such beautiful flowers. There could not be a more kind, caring man than Billy. He loved his family so much. May he Rest In Peace.

Amy Rockford-Hale

December 13, 2020

My deep sympathy to you at this time. I have many nice memories from People's church of your family and will remember you all in my prayers.
Sincerely,
Amy Rockford-Hale

Katy Knezek

December 12, 2020

I've known Mr. Woolsey most of my life, having been friends with Deb and Jane since middle school. There are very few men I've met who could compete with my own dad in terms of kindness and decency, but Mr. Woolsey exuded both of those traits in spades - he was really special. My heart goes out to Mrs. Woolsey, Deb, Jane, and the whole family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY