Jeffrey "Jeff" J. Woollen

March 21, 1955 - September 14, 2022


Obituary For Jeffrey "Jeff" J. Woollen

Madison – Jeffrey “Jeff” J. Woollen, age 67, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at the UW Hospital, Madison. Jeffrey was born on March 21, 1955 in Madison, WI to parents Robert L. and Marian D. (Kimball) Woollen.

Jeffrey loved life and laughing and most importantly spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed walking his dog, Skylar. He treasured gathering around a bonfire and enjoying the evening.

Jeffrey is survived by his children Jen (Tracy) Woollen, Tim (Misty) Woollen, and Zach Woollen; grandchildren Abel, Asher, and Sawyer; his siblings Terry (Kathie) Gaus-Woollen and Mike (Brenda) Woollen; and his special friends Inga Roth-Kennedy, Colin, Rachel, and David, Jeff Donahue, Ally and Andrew, the Lawinger Family, and the McGraw Family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Kay Woollen, his parents, and his sister Deborah McFall.

A special thank you to the nurses and doctors at the UW Hospital for their care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison. A visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will be held at St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery.

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Mass of Christian Burial

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Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church 401 S. Owen Dr Madison, WI 53711 Get Directions »
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  • September 21, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to the the woollen family. Jeff always seemed to be a spark in your family. Always up beat and happy. He will be missed! Bill and Bonnie Snyder.

  • September 20, 2022

    My heart aches for Zach, Tim, and Jen. Through the years, I did not have enough opportunities to spend time with Jeff, but all that I did have were filled with warm memories. Mary Kay was so happy with him. I wish I could be there to share in the final services to honor him. You are all in my prayers. Sheila Bolmeier - Mary Kay's cousin.

  • September 19, 2022

    The Snyder family sends our sincere sympathy. Kathlyn and Ernie Sargent always had great things to say about the Woolen family.

  • September 19, 2022

    I and my family send love and prayers to Jeff's beloved family. We will miss his ability to wrestle with all the little (or large) things that are a part of life. This along with sincere caring and love of God and his family and friends. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy for this great loss. May God bless you. Sincerely, Mary Lawinger Finn and Family

  • September 17, 2022

    RIP Jeff. You will be missed by your extended family. Jeff married Mary Kay Lawinger on October 15, 1988. It was a beautiful fall day that Jeff became the son-in-law of our sister, Margaret McGraw Lawinger. He was a gentle and kind man, who fit well into our large family. Jeff was supportive of Mary Kay during her father's illness. Daniel Lawinger passed away before he officially became Jeff's father-in-law. Jeff and Mary Kay loved traveling, especially their vacations to Hawaii. They also enjoyed visiting with family at Margaret's house or wherever the gathering was held. We admired the love Jeff had for his three children, Tim, Jenny, and Zach. Jeff was very proud of being a grandfather and would light up talking about his dear grandchildren. Jeff will not be forgotten. Milissa


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