William H. Wendling

William H. Wendling Naples, FL

William H. 'Bill', 'Billy' Wendling, 63, died March 14 2013.

Billy was born October 10, 1949 in Elmhurst, IL. While growing up he lived in Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights, IL. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1973 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Physical Education. This was followed by a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology at Colorado State University.

Bill has resided in Naples since the early 1980's. He worked with the Ritz Carlton and Registry Resort before joining the Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Wellness Center for the remaining 24 years. He was instrumental in building the three Wellness Centers for NCH. The most recent being the world class Dr. John N. Briggs Wellness Center. His Peak Physique brand name will never be forgotten.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Vivian B. Wendling.

Billy is survived by his nephews, Adam C. and Dustin T. Wendling, both currently residing in Colorado. Brother Mark G. and Marilyn F. Wendling in Franklin, TN. Also his friend, Cynthia Bennett of Naples, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please offer donations to the Collier County Humane Society as Bill spent much time enjoying dog walking and adopting his own pets.

There will be a gathering with Adam and Dustin to celebrate Billy's incredible and memorable life.

Please join us at the Chickee Bar behind the Cove Inn (900 Broad Avenue South) on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This will be the memorial services for an incredible man, who if you knew him, would appreciate comfortable dress, big smiles, and good memories with great friends in old Naples.

Published by Naples Daily News on Mar. 23, 2013.
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You were my first love, I will love and remember you always.
October 22, 2014
Wilma, I am shocked, saddened to hear the news of your passing. Our friendship was so incredible. SIU, Colorado, in each others weddings. Please look-up Dewy Decimal(Jill). I miss you. As Fredie said Contact Me.
We where together through some very amazing times and hope to meet up with you when the time comes.
Lester P Doyle
January 18, 2014
Dear Billy...On your path you touched the lives of others, giving love, hope and trust. My life changed the day we met....forever, Dawn Scandale
May 8, 2013
The world was a brighter place with Bill Wendling in it! I will remember your beautiful smile, can still hear that laugh after all these years and those Converse tennis shoes?! You and I were both blessed to have Adam and Dustin in our lives...what fine young men they are. They always have and always will smile when they talk about their "Uncle Bill". I am grateful for the joy the three of you shared. We will keep telling the stories and sharing the memories!
Ann Taylor Bush
April 8, 2013
I just got the news from Skinny Dave that Billy had passed, as well as Skinny's wife. I was so glad to know Billy, and was so happy that he invited me to do my comedy act at his party at the house a few years ago.
Will never forget him,
Comedian Vinny Romano
April 5, 2013
It's been awhile since I have moved away but often think of the friends I made while I was there. Your one of the best go in peace my friend.
April 2, 2013
There are no words Billy, I will love and remember you for the rest of my life
Scott Russell
March 30, 2013
Bill was the first and only trainer I had at the Wellness Center. It will never be the same there without his bright smiling face. I will miss you Bill!

Michelle Koren
Michelle Koren
March 29, 2013
Billy was the first person I met when I began subbing many, many years ago when Wellness was located in the old Winn Dixie at Grand Central Station. He was kind to me and always wore a smile whenever I saw him, that is how I will remember him.
March 27, 2013
I have only fond memories and good stories of Billy. A smile comes to my face thinking about him. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed. RIP my man.
Joey Perez
March 27, 2013
Way to soon my friend. Winters were always a blast hanging with you at the Buggy, Cove, HoJos chickee, Mickeys, and a trip in the big black Ford to Island Boys every now and then. I always looked forward to your summer trips to visit me in Colorado.RIP "Big Arms Billy" Snake Boulder Colorado
March 27, 2013
We were very sad to hear you are no longer with us Billy. You will be missed by so many. Jeff and I couldn't have asked for better shar pei owners for our pups. You, bubba and betty boop are now running in heaven. We will miss you friend.
Jen & Jeff Small
March 26, 2013
Ding Ding! I hadn't seen you in 35 years, yet you invite me to your home and welcome me in like it was 35 minutes ago. A true Brother of ATO in the purest sense. Your positive effect on people might have been subtle in many respects, but I always felt the better after seeing you and for being one of the many friends you have. Love and Respect ... Dobie
Jim Dobrovolny
March 26, 2013
Oh, the stories we all could tell, being a small part in your big life. You always put a smile on my face back in the 70's, and you always will. Unforgettable.
Tom Aird
March 26, 2013
The light in those blaze blue eyes can never be extinguished...just passed on, as you did with your passion for the gym and the joyous activities you always knew how to get us to Love. Grant, Andy, and I started something that the Good Doc is still at, but it always began with the joy of that first set - the 'show-ups' - that you encouraged so enthusiastically. Here's to the Spirit you ALLways channelled...You will continue to guide our embrace of physical activity as a means to unlock our soul's expansion. Thank you for being YOU so authentically.
Big LOVE, Billy Wendling, Big LOVE!
matthew kelley
March 26, 2013
I met Bill four years ago when I joined the club during my annual "snow bird" visit. As I was fumbling around with the machines, he approached, introduced himself and spent about 1/2 hour walking me through how to use each one. He later got me to use additional stations like the chin up machine which I wouldn't have tried on my own and as a long time weight lifter gave me suggestions to safely improve my strength and flexability.
He was very proud of the strength machines which he said he had personally selected.
Then each January he would come up and greet me when I returned. He was such a easy going and genuine person that you immediately felt you were reuniting with a long-time friend.
The turnout at the Cove and the number of entries in his guest book show the amazing number of people whose lives he touched.I will truly miss seeing him as he passed through the club and stopped to chat with his many friends like me.

John Cress
Ellicott City, MD
March 26, 2013
Billy, I hope you are finally at peace and with your true friend, Freddy. Miss and love you both!
Lucie Fassnacht
March 25, 2013
The 3 B's.... Billy, Bubba and Betty Boop.
March 25, 2013
Hey Billy.
Thank you for all the support and encouragement! Please rest easy and I'll see you on the other side.
Timothy Wilson
March 25, 2013
you are still at the Wellness Center, i saw you today, like always, walking across the pool, waving and going out the exit. your presence is part of the building, your contribution was that significant. thank you for sharing your expertise and your good humor

March 25, 2013
I wish you peace my friend and am picturing your wonderful smile. You did a wonderful job here and deserve a rest.
Susan Watkins
March 25, 2013
I met Billy and his recently departed best friend Freddy in 1974 at the Gatehouse apartments. The story of that meeting in one of many great Billy stories. We all have several. Hope that he and Freddy are having a Miller High Life together right now.
Tim Dineen
March 25, 2013
From the time my wife and I joined the center Bill was always a familiar face with a warm welcome. I have seen him help many many people. Bill you will be missed...
Dan and Nora Massiello
March 25, 2013
Your life, smile, energy, enthusiasm, dedication and inspiration will always be remembered and cherished.
Rev. Michael Harper
March 25, 2013
The pride and passion you showed for the NCH Wellness centers was infectious and will be forever your legacy; Bill, thank you for the gift of encouragement and may you find eternal peace.

John & Rosemarie
John McGirl
March 25, 2013
We didn't know you well, but we do know that the NCH will never be the same without you. We will miss that friendly hello.
Rest in Peace
Debbie & Rick Bensette
Debbie Bensette
March 25, 2013
Bill, my friend...I've always enjoyed your company and friendly smile since we met over two decades ago...you will be missed.
March 25, 2013
I hope you are at peace and in the good company of your true friend, Freddy. Lucie Fassnacht, Barrington, IL
March 25, 2013
Billy. I was so saddened to hear of your passing. You were the first person I met when I moved to Florida back in 1992 and quickly became a true friend and someone I always looked up to. I enjoyed our times together at the Wellness Center and will never forget your infectious laugh or your ability to make fun of me. Miss you buddy.
Michael Jenniex
March 25, 2013
My prayers are with and for bill. He was always friendly,helpful and enjoyable to see at wellness. He was a kind person.god bless you bill.you are in my prayers and I'll remember you at Easter mass.peace,Fr.Bob Tabbert at blessed pope John xxiii ft.myers
March 25, 2013

I was stunned and heartbroken to hear the news. Every memory I have includes laughter and a smile.

RIP my friend.
Shawn Carmichael
March 25, 2013
Billy, you were a dear friend ,and will not be forgotten.The wellness center will never be the same.I will miss our many visits and great conversations.you were a truly gentle soul.
bill kennedy
March 25, 2013
I have few words to express my deep sadness of losing you. What a character! You were an inspiration to all of us and the reason the majority of us have a place to call home, in addition to all the lives you helped us touch throughout the years. I will keep working on the projects you started and I promise to continue the legacy you built. I am forever indebted to you. Enjoy the good life Bill - until we meet again.
Beth Jameson
March 24, 2013
March 24, 2013...Rest in peace, my very good friend. The world just got a little less fun without you. From you posing as an orthopedic surgeon, horrifying each other in Tampa and Key West, crewing the "Pyrite", sipping suds at all the dive bars, hanging in Colorado you sure made it a whole lot of fun. A good guy, humorous, sly and a provocateur extraordinaire, I'll be missing ya, "Big Arms" Billy...Dan Demory, Iowa City, Iowa.
Dan Demory
March 24, 2013
I am at a loss for words right now . I met Billy in 1986 in Naples when I just turned 21 and was right out if nursing school and on my own. I will never forget him.
Hugh Stephenson
New Castle pa.
Hugh Stephenson
March 24, 2013
To Bill, my brother. So sad that you are gone. You left us far to early. I hope you know how much you are missed. May you rest peacefully. Say Hi to Mom & Dad. I love you.
Mark Wendling
March 24, 2013
When I moved from Ohio to Naples 9 yrs ago the first big smile I received was from you at the Whittaker Wellness Ctr. Even though we didn't know one another...we exchanged laughs and pleasantries! I will miss your kindness and gentle manner. Heaven is Blessed!
Kathy Curtis
March 24, 2013
March 24, 2013
Was a blessing and pleasure to know you. You will be missed. Party on in heaven. It is filled with all of the great ones.
Tammy Schulz
March 24, 2013
Billy I new you when you were in your first years of collage and through some of your wilder years!! You always had a smile and laugh for what was then the older friend in your life! I'm so sorry that we haven't gotten together in recent years, your smile, laughter and good humor will be missed by all of us. Dwight and Linda
Dwight Dendy
March 24, 2013
To Billy and his family - we feel such sorrow at your passing - you always had a smile and warm comment upon entering Wellness. We would often see you at Jimmy P's on Thursdays - loved talking with you! You were one of the most sincere person we had met....you left us too soon - our thoughts and prayers with your family and Debra. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves memories no one can steal. Rest well our friend - see you again one day.
Judy & Steve Alander
March 24, 2013
Bill: Thank you for the memories. You will always be in my thoughts. Till we meet again.
Lois Schaeffer
March 24, 2013
Bill and I have been friends since 1970. It is sad to see Bill and his long time friend Fritz pass away within 4 months. I had a lot of good times with Billy and will always remember them. Fritz , Billy and I had a lot of good times going to bars and working out in the 70"s

Jerry Rosenthal
Gerald Rosenthal
March 24, 2013
Always polite and friendly....
Bill Dooley
March 24, 2013
Charles and I will miss you.You were a fun and colorful part of our lives!
Megan Wendling and Charles Patti
March 24, 2013
Though we didn't speak much at the Wellness Center Bill, I always felt the sweetness of your soul. Your presence will be missed by many.
Julene Pontoriero
March 24, 2013
Dearest Bill, I've worked with you since 1985 @ The Ritz Carlton and you've always been a constant for me in the Naples fitness industry! Thank you for showing me and so many others how to enjoy working out with abandon! You "helmet refusing" bicycle rider! Rest in Peace & I look forward to seeing you again...
Allyson MacLean
March 24, 2013
Billy, I remember all the good times we had, you Buster and I. Gods speed my friend.
John Russell
March 24, 2013
Bill on Wednesday March 13th you drove by my house and honked the horn and waved that makes me sad because that was the last time I got to see you. You were my friend, my co worker at NCH and my neighbor. I will always remember you and your flags on your truck. See you again some day my freind.

Ken Faulkner, Mary says HI!
March 24, 2013
Bill - I can't believe that you have been called home. I am so glad to have been part of Wellness with you for the past 9 years. You touched and helped many lives. I will never forgot your bright personality and our tattoo conversations! Your were my first "south-ee", and you made it great! I miss you Bill. May you rest in peace and have eternal happiness.
Brittany Cordero
March 24, 2013
Peter Sittner, Augsburg, Germany
March 23, 2013
Your mere presence fulfilled all of our lives. Thanks Bill. We'll see you soon.
Tom McMurray
March 23, 2013
will miss you always..
Chrissy Griffen
March 23, 2013
So sorry you are gone, we will miss you, Billy.
Henriette and Bob Short
March 23, 2013
Thanks for all your help at the Wellness Center,You will be missed every day!!
You are in our thoughts. George Blake
George Blake
March 23, 2013
Will always remember when you taught one of the earliest aerobics classes---you really made us work hard! Will miss your smiling face and manner.
Thanks, and may you rest in peace.
Nancy G.
March 23, 2013
Was so saddened to hear the news. The gym will be a barren place without you. Until we meet again.
Trish Penn
March 23, 2013
Billy, my heart is broken today. Billy was such an amazing man and generous person. I am honored to have known Billy and all the goodness in his heart.
Claudia Lorelli-Gibson
March 23, 2013
Oh Bill I am so sad you are gone. I can never thank you enough for talking Greg into hiring me right out of U of F. If it wasn't for you I would have never been hired. You were my mentor, my supervisor, but most of all my friend. You are and were, hands down, the most hilarious person I have EVER worked with. You were such a lovable character. No one will ever forget you. I know I won't. And I will always be grateful for how you stuck up for me at work all of the time. I wish I had gotten to tell you all of this. I hope you are in peace my friend. You deserve to be at peace. I will miss your strong spirit so much. See you again soon in heaven, Theresa
Theresa Rath
March 23, 2013
Love ya Billy,
March 23, 2013
I was honored knowing you through the years Billy; you will be missed by many.
Rest in Peace my friend.

Tom Francis
March 23, 2013
I always told you that Wellness was not the same when you weren't there. After working together for 19 years it will never be the same. You built us a great workplace and helped so many people. I miss you Bill, rest in peace.
Susan Branco
March 23, 2013
Will really miss you!
Mimi Cummings
March 23, 2013
Hard to imagine this planet without you. As you would say..."I love you, man". And as I would say back....."I love you too, Billy"
Hal Rich
March 23, 2013
Now you are driveing the " bus "
March 23, 2013
I've know you almost 20 years and will miss you dearly. I will miss our talks, your great smile, and your laughter and spirit.
Love you,
Sandra Beddow
March 23, 2013
Bill, Thanks for the laughter and the memories. I'd also like to thank you for all of your efforts in making Wellness what it is today. You've helped so many people live happier, healthier lives.
Jill Roy
March 23, 2013
Billy, we'll always think of you when we're at the Gym. We'll miss your warm grin and your "charming wit."
Bruce & Marilyn Friedman
March 23, 2013
We will miss you, your smile & warmth,compassion & strength, guidance toward health & well-being, we miss you.
Jacque Luciano
March 23, 2013
"Uncle Bill", my mentor, my confidant and my dear friend. Life will not be the same without you in it. Ellen and I will miss you and will hold tight to our precious memories and good times. My God grant you and your family peace now and always. We love ya Billy
Fred Muratore
March 23, 2013
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