Thomas Woolsey

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Thomas L. Woolsey, 76, of Swansea, IL, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at his home with his loving wife Joyce at his bedside.

Tom was born to Jesse “Leon” Woolsey and Marcella, nee Harmon, Woolsey, on November 21, 1943, in Sparta, IL.  He attended Sparta High School.  Soon after high school, Tom began working at Spartan International Printing Company in Sparta, IL.  He was employed there as a Bindery Machine Operator for over 30 years until the plant closed. He finished his working career at Plus Communications in St. Louis, MO, until his retirement in 2006.

Tom was a loyal, dedicated, hard working man whose sense of accomplishment came from building and repairing for those around him. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days spent hunting, fishing, and camping. He was a member of the Randolph County Gun Club. Tom respected all people and animals and was especially fond of his pets. Later in life, he enjoyed watching Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and Cardinals baseball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Marcella, nee Harmon, Woolsey; and brothers, Harry and Richard Woolsey

Surviving are his wife, Joyce Kempf, whom he married June 9, 2006;
a son, William (Gwen) Woolsey of Chester, IL;
stepsons, Timothy Kempf and Jeffrey (Carrie) Kempf;
three grandchildren, William, Elizabeth, and Jack;
step-grandchildren, Dylan Kempf, and Jackson and Brooklynn Kempf;
step-great-grandchildren, Blake and Ian Kempf;
nephews, Ryan (Jennifer) Woolsey, and Jeremy (Deena) Woolsey;
and a niece, Becky Woolsey Hogan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, 120 North Illinois Street, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be in place upon entrance.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Larry Patton officiating.

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Collinsville, IL.


13 Comments on Thomas Woolsey

Nancy Prather said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2020 at 4:35 PM

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Mark and Lisa Kirk &Brandon said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2020 at 9:07 AM

So sorry to hear of Toms passing. I know it has been a long struggle for him. He was a great guy! Brandon always had good stories when he was with Uncle Tom and Aunt Joyce. He will be missed. I know he is in a much better place and suffers no more.

  • Caseyville
  • IL
Gladys Williamson said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 7:48 PM

Joyce and family, you have my deepest sympathy. Hold onto the memories of the good times and may they bring you peace and comfort.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Cindy Kelly said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 3:23 PM

Oh Joyce, so very sorry to hear about Tom. I hope you are comforted knowing that he is at peace and has no more suffering in this life. Thinking of you and sending love and prayers.

  • Champaign
  • IL
Becky Hogan said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 11:46 AM

Rest in peace Uncle Tom. Ms.Joyce so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and heart are with you in this time of sorrow.

  • Bloomsdale
  • Missouri
Maria, Nicole, & Ryan said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM

Aunt Joyce, so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our Love and Prayers for you and the family?❤️?

  • Lyons
  • Colorado
Celeste Sieth said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 8:19 AM

Jeff and I are sad to hear of your loss. Hoping you and your combined families can take comfort knowing Tom is at peace at home with Jesus.?

  • Bridgeton
  • Mo
Carol said : Guest Report Aug 14, 2020 at 7:28 AM

Joyce, sorry about the passing of Tom. We will be thinking of you. Tom and Carol Sneed

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois
Dylan kempf said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 10:07 PM

Tom was a good man who looked out for me a lot when I was growing up... There is not a memory in my childhood that does not include Tom... I loved him very much

  • Be
  • Belleville
Eileen and Earl Doerr said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 8:06 PM

Sending thoughts and prayers.

  • East Carondelet
  • Illinois
Margie, Jerry said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 8:02 PM

Our deepest sympathy, prayers an love to Tom,s entire family. Fly high Tom no more suffering

  • Marissa
  • Illinois
Cousin "Margie" / Bob & Ev's oldest daughter said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 7:06 PM

Joyce. My prayers are with you and the family at this time. So sad to hear of Tom's passing. May he rest in peace. God bless you, cousin. Gabriel a/k/a Margie

  • Show Low
  • AZ
Michele Bigings said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2020 at 12:11 PM

Joyce, I am so sorry for your loss. There words seem so insignificant at a time like this. I am praying for God's peace and comfort to be with you. Hopefully we will see each other on Tuesday evenings again soon. Michele

  • Caseyville
  • Illinois

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