Bill Woldenberg

Born in Madison, Wisconsin on October 13, 1924

Departed on May 7, 2018

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William “Bill” James Woldenberg, 93, of Franklin, TN, passed away the morning of May 7th, 2018.

He was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Charles Woldenberg and Esther Woldenberg, nee Glassner, on October 13th, 1924. Upon graduating high school, Bill enlisted as a Naval Aviator and later was accepted to and graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point. He was a veteran of World War II. Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years Lona Jane Woldenberg, nee Bryan, a native of Florence, Alabama where they made their home together.

As the owner of Hickory Hills Industries, he employed more than 500 in both Clifton and Savanah, Tennessee, and New York as a clothing manufacturer. He was a life-long athlete: completing over 50 marathons; enjoying both snow skiing and ice sailing; avidly playing tennis; with some frustration—golfing; and with great devotion until the end, walking his dog Max three times a day. Bill will be remembered fondly for his love of family, generosity, quick wit, direct manner, the ability to find common ground with anyone he encountered, his love of big band music as well as opera, eating as much chocolate as humanly possible, and watching Alabama football.

Bill is survived by his children Lynn Schneider (David), Charles Woldenberg (Shelia), Kim Clemmons (Harold), Jane Thomas (Dudley), Caroline Woldenberg and is preceded by Patrick Libert (Jeanette). He was the proud grandfather of 7 and great-grandfather of 2. He is also preceded by his cherished siblings Newt Woldenberg, Caroline Halpern, and Ann Bliss.

As was his request, there will be no service. The family will plan a celebration of life next year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests making a donation to your charity of choice, Or buy someone you care for a nice dinner and a box of chocolates...He would love that.

3 Comments to Bill Woldenberg

  1. Suzanne Awbrey Hovater
    May 17, 2018 10:41 pm

    Hi Lona, Just saw sad news that Bill died. So sorry. He always intimidated me but I knew he liked me. He was a very interesting & special person. We had some wonderful times traveling and party ing together in Florence and St. Martin. Have missed you both since I moved to Bham. Hope we can get together soon. You are very blessed to have such a supportive family. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Love
    Suzanne Awbrey Hovater

  2. Ronald Stutts
    May 18, 2018 4:56 pm

    Bill was confident, intelligent, quick witted, generous, direct, fun loving and funny. He was a special person and I cherish the time I got to spend with him. Much love to the whole Woldenberg family. Ronald Stutts

  3. Thomas Bliss
    June 4, 2018 3:31 pm

    Uncle Bill was everybody’s favorite uncle. Larger than life. Bright, generous, charismatic, handsome, amusing and confident.

    Bill’s passing marks the end of an era. The end of a unique Woldenberg generation and their memories, the end of a very special man and uncle.

    Bill left a big footprint in our lives and will be well remembered by all who knew him for the rest of our lives

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