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Labenski Funeral Home

107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

Donald Woodmansee

May 20, 1932December 29, 2019
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Donald Paul Woodmansee, Sr., a longtime resident of Uncasville, passed away on December 29, 2019 at the Crescent Point in Niantic following a long illness. He was 87.

Don—also known to his many friends as “Woody” or “Pinky”—was born on May 20, 1932 in Norwich, CT. He was the eldest son of the late Theron and Fannie Woodmansee. He attended the Norwich Free Academy where he was a member of the golf team and the band. He graduated from N.F.A. in 1950. Following high school he joined the Air Force National Guard. He served on active duty during the Korean War, stationed at Keflavik Air Station in Iceland. He served as an Airman First Class in the Air Force from 1951 until he was honorably discharged in 1953. Following his service, he attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY on the G.I. Bill. He graduated with a B.B.A. degree in accounting in 1957. He began his career at General Dynamics and ended it with Computer Sciences Corporation, but he spent the bulk of his career with the American Thermos Bottle Company in Norwich, CT in various management roles in finance and accounting.

He married Annette Lucille Woodmansee on August 1, 1959. They were married for nearly 35 years until her death in January 1993. Together they raised seven sons in Uncasville. Don passed along his passion for golf and baseball to all seven of his boys. He was active for years in the Montville National Little League, where he managed the Teamsters-sponsored team for nearly fifteen years—winning five league championships—and served as vice president of the league. He and Annette also were active in their church, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Uncasville. They sent all seven boys to St. Bernard High School in Uncasville. Their proudest accomplishment was that they were able to put all seven of their sons through college. Don retired in 1992. In retirement he enjoyed golfing and traveling, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his sons and their growing families.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Annette, his eldest son, David, and his brother Robert. He is survived by his youngest sister, Phyllis, as well as six sons, Peter of Stuttgart, Germany, Paul of Bedford, NH, Bart of Storrs-Mansfield, CT, John of Lebanon, CT, Donald Jr. of Del Mar, CA and Mark Andrew of San Diego, CA, as well as his 14 grandchildren: Annette, Gabriella, Cecelia, Evangeline, Matthew, Kelly, Noah, Parker, Trevor, Emily, Katharine, Timothy, Alexander and Caitlin.

Visiting hours will held on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., in Norwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 181 Elizabeth Street, Norwich at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 4, 2020. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, www.alzfnd.org.

To leave an online condolence or share a memory, please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com

Services

  • Calling Hours / Visitation Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Interment With Military Honors Saturday, January 4, 2020

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Maria Stavas

January 12, 2020

Dear Woodmansee Family,

I'm sending my condolences for the passing of your dad, Don. And also condolences for the passing of David.
You have wonderful families, and it was great to see all the pictures.
I'll never forget the special memories we all shared over our whole lives.
They were both great men. I'll always remember David's special laugh and how contagious it was.
Even though I've been away from CT for years, you are loved so much by my family and me. Stay well, God Bless You all, Maria Stavas.

Kathleen Mahoney

December 31, 2019

I'm sorry I didn't get to know Mr. Woodmansee. And yet I did, through his son Bart. Bart is part of our golf and baseball loving neighborhood. I recall one Holiday Hill end of season gathering where Bart was at the mic, and he very directly (and with humor) told the crowd, "Forget lacrosse. Play BASEBALL!" Clearly, his dad agreed.

Judy Amoriello

December 30, 2019

Don was a great person, very considerate of everyone. I worked for him in the Budget Department of Electric Boat. My sympathy to his family.
Judy Amoriello
Groton

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