Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00
William H. Kollmer, 95, of Juno Beach, FL, and Pascoag, RI, died peacefully on Aug. 21, 2011 at his Juno Beach home. A resident of Juno Beach, FL, for two years and Pascoag, RI, for 30 years, he was born on March 19, 1916 in New York City, the son of Gertrude “Jane” (Oleski) and William Henry Kollmer, Sr. He graduated from Southold High School on Long Island in 1934 and from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, in 1938, where he was a member of Alpha Omicron chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and reigned as King of the Winter Carnival with his wife-to-be, Phoebe Lapham, of Providence, RI. After graduation, he and Phoebe moved to Manhasset, NY, where they lived for 40 years. During World War II, he served as a corporal in the US Army, European Theater of Operations, from which he received an honorable discharge. He worked as a buyer of women’s fashions, first at Montgomery Ward and later at Lane Bryant in New York City. In Manhasset, he was a Boy Scout Leader, a member of the Congregational Church, served as president of the Manhasset Youth Center and volunteered for the School Community Association. An avid golfer, he also played tennis and ran with the Manhasset Joggers. He enjoyed sailing and bowling with his son. In retirement, he was a member of the Smithfield YMCA and Quinnatisset Country Club. Survivors include his devoted children: Leah Kollmer Puzzo (Anthony) of Leonia, NJ, Phyllis Kollmer Santry of New York, NY, and William Lapham Kollmer (Marianne) of Juno Beach, FL. His beloved wife, Phoebe Lapham Kollmer and his four sisters, Dorothy Kane, Viola Kollmer, Muriel Kollmer, Roberta Lorraine Dwyer, predeceased him. He had four grandchildren: Brian Walsh, Phyllis Ann Puzzo, Anthony John Puzzo, the late Ryan Kollmer; and three great granddaughters: Samantha Walsh, Jessica Madore and Leah Walsh. Funeral will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be sent in his memory to The Ryan Kollmer Memorial Scholarship Fund, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, 700 South Dixie Highway, Suite 200 West Palm Beach, FL 33401.