WOLLENBERG, William L. Jr.
William Louis Wollenberg, Jr., beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully with his family by his side on July 2. He was born to William and Irene (Massa) Wollenberg in Hartford on July 10, 1932. He was married to Nancy Glanovsky, his high school sweetheart and dance partner for 59 years. Bill and Nancy enjoyed many years together following the UConn Women's Basketball Team across the United States and many vacations on Cape Cod and West Hill Pond. Bill was an avid golfer who could be found on many weekend mornings at the Golf Club of Avon. He was a fourth generation resident of Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School and Middlebury College. He enlisted into the United States Navy Officer Candidate School and served on active duty from 1954-1959. He retired at the rank of Captain from the US Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps in July of 1992 after 38 years of service. After his active service in the Navy, Bill returned to the family dairy farm. He then worked for Spector Freight Services and began night school at University of Connecticut School of Law. He graduated in 1967 and subsequently practiced law at Wollenberg, Scully and Nicksa in Unionville. He was a member of the Hartford County, American and Ct. Bar Assoc. and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Court of Military Appeals. After graduation from Navy Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI, received assignments with the U.S. at Flight Training school in Pensacola, Florida; deployment in the Mediterranean Area, Cuba and Atlantic Ocean, and Instructor of Navigation at OCS Newport, RI before release of active duty in 1959. Bill rose to the rank of Captain and was attached to the New London Navy Legal Services Office reserve unit. Bill had a long and distinguished career of public service. Locally, he was Chairman of the Farmington Board of Education for 8 years, member for 10; Membership and office holder in many local organizations including the Farmington Little League, Chamber of Commerce, Charter Revision Commission, American Legion, communicant at both the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville and the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington, Knights of Columbus, Corporator and Director of the Farmington Savings Bank and also held various offices within Republican Town Committee and party including Chairman of the town committee. He was also the President of The Graham Foundation and a Director of the Riverside Cemetery Association. As Farmington's State Representative for 12 years, Bill rose to statewide prominence as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and numerous other standing, investigative and ad hoc committees and commissions of the General Assembly. He was selected as one of the Top Ten Legislators of the State of Connecticut on three occasions by the 187 legislators and 30 media persons of the General Assembly. He was subsequently nominated to the Superior Court and served as a Trial Judge until mandatory retirement. After retirement, Bill continued to serve as a Judge Trial Referee in the Hartford Juvenile Court and Chief Administrative Judge for the Trial Referees. Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy; his 5 children Nancy A. Nickerson and her husband Alan of Farmington, CT, William L. Wollenberg III of Unionville, CT, Paul A. Wollenberg and his wife Teresa of Farmington, CT, Mary E. Hart of Bristol, CT, and Suzanne E. Robotham and her husband Mark of Unionville, CT. Bill also leaves behind his 12 grandchildren Andrew, Liz and her husband Josh, Becca, Katherine, Gus, Patrick, Abby, Jessica, Amanda, Samantha, Sara and Michael. Also survived by his sister Mary Dexter and brother-in-law Rich and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center for their extraordinary care.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (July 6) from 2- 8 p.m. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bill's life on Saturday (July 7) at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. (Everyone is asked to please meet directly at church). Burial with full military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Donations can be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital, ATTN: Fund Development, 80 Seymour St., Hartford, CT 06102, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com