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William Paul Wollschlager

April 15, 2015
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

William Paul Wollschlager 86 died peacefully on March 6, 2015 at Hope Hospice at Shell Point. He was born December 9, 1928 in Glendive, MT. Bill joined the Navy after graduating from high school and spent most of his service in Alaska. Upon discharge he moved to Missoula, MT and attended the University of Montana. He later started a career with the Montana State Board of Health. On November 30, 1957, Bill married his wife Ann in Helena, MT. Soon afterwards they moved to North Carolina where Bill earned his Masters Degree in Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1959. They returned to Montana where he served the State of Montana as a Sanitarian. Bill joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1963 and moved to Overland Park, KS, and in 1970 he was transferred to Washington, D.C and the family lived in Alexandria VA. A vacation brought the family to Sanibel Island in 1968. Bill and Ann fell in love with the beaches, wildlife and seashells and returned many times. They retired to Sanibel in 1987. Bill volunteered his services to J.N. Ding Darling, the City of Sanibel, S.C.C.F, Lions International, Sanibel Community Center, & the Sanibel Public Library, and served as an usher at St. Isabel's. Bill and Ann are members of the James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society. He served as a flower judge for several years. His hibiscus blooms are usually on display at the Sanibel Library. In 2010, Bill was awarded the Berne Davis Honorary Service Award from the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council. A service of remembrance will be held at St. Isabels Catholic Church, Sanibel Island Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM. Bill is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Amy and husband Robert Suggs and their two daughters Christina Louise and Danielle Marie of Alexandria, VA, and son Mark and wife Jennifer of Alexandria, VA, sisters MaryAnn and husband Birder Coffee of Whidbey Island, WA, Eileen and husband James Smith of Missoula, MT and brother Jon of Whidbey Island, WA. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations to Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957 or online

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