William E. “Bill” Tholl, Jr., age 94, loving husband, father of eight children, ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren; passed away surrounded by his family, on December 24, 2021,.
Bill was born in Detroit, Michigan, to William E. and Margaret (Ritter) Tholl. He graduated from St. David’s Catholic Elementary School and attended De La Salle Collegiate High School where he graduated in 1947. He enlisted in the United States Navy at 17 years of age, serving in World War II.
He began his tool and die career by completing an apprenticeship at Hudson Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan, in 1951. He continued his trade working with small companies using his artistic and precision skills.
On January 28, 1950, he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen (DeSantis), in Detroit, Michigan. They lived in Detroit until moving to Gaylord, Michigan in November 1955. Bill owned and operated a beverage distributorship from 1956 until 1960. He returned to his tool and die occupation working for Standard Products, where he retired in 1989.
He was committed to his civic duties. He served many terms on the Gaylord City Council and the Otsego County Fire Board. His objective to serve on the council was an example of his lifestyle commitment to raise his family in a community that was safe, healthy, and had a high standard for pride in one’s living environment.
He lived his deep Catholic faith to the fullest, which was shown in his actions in the volunteer work at St. Mary Cathedral and Schools. His home was always open to friends and his children’s friends. There was always plenty of love for everyone. He was a member of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus.
He loved the summer months, where he could work in his garden and manicure his landscape. He loved spending his retirement traveling and spending time with Mary Ellen and his beloved family.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William E Tholl and Margaret (Ritter); sister, Geraldine Jennings; his loving wife of 71 years, Mary Ellen; and four daughters, Gerianne, Mary Jo, Toni, and Patricia.
He is survived by his children, Jeanne, Ed (Roberta), Lynne (Jeff), and Margaret (Tim); sons-in-law, Thom Berlin and Mike Dobrzelewski; grandchildren, William E. Tholl, IV, Dr. Matthew, Christopher (Pam), Dr. Danielle, Amanda, RN (Josh), Patrick (Elizabeth), Thomas (Katie), Hannah (Scott), Byron, and Max; great-grandchildren, Reese, Cheyenne, Bailey, Lucy, Claire, Sadie, Lily, Maya, Lyman, and new baby Leo; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, MI, with visitation at the cathedral, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Mass will be available for viewing on the cathedral’s website at www.gaylordstmary.org.
The burial will be held at a later date, in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gaylord St. Mary Cathedral Schools or St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
28 comments on “William E. Tholl, Jr.”
Our thoughts are with the Tholl Family
Sympathy to all the Tholl family. I went to school with Margaret & know what a special family he raised. Always a welcoming home & both your parents were such great examples in the community. A life well lived & will be missed by many. Prayers & hugs to all. Mary (Vinick) Rude
Thinking of the entire Tholl family. What a wonderful man your Dad was. So lucky to have him in your life for so long. He always knew how to make everyone smile!!
To the Tholl family
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Bill was a great guy. I will remember him fondly
Mark Lambert &family
I’m so sorry for your loss! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Your Dad, Grandpa was a very awesome man to talk to and live next door to. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Now he is at peace with Mary Ellen and the girls.
I have such admiration for your wonderful family. Your Mom and Dad we’re so special! I’m sure they are together again in heaven. God bless you all. Nancy Forcier P.S. was always planning to go skating with your Dad!!
Thinking of you. He was a wonderful man! Peace. Stan and Kay Kujawa.
Bill was such a wonderful man. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Lynn and Family,
Very sorry to hear. We remember your dad well. He is in our Prayers along with your family.
Joe and Marie
RIP BILL, You will be missed but left us with great memories. Prayers to the entire family. Rich Skowronski and Barb.
Tholl Family, Our prayers go out to your family. May he rest in peace with his beloved wife Ellen. Eternal rest Bill. Dick, Becky
We send our sincere condolences to the entire Tholl family. You have had so much sadness and sorrow in your family, however your parents have raised you all to take comfort & strength in your faith just as they always did. Rest in peace Bill as our Lord welcomes you home.
Mike and Connie Zaborowski
To the Tholl family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mr. Troll was always so nice whenever I saw him. He always had a smile and kind words. My your memories bring you comfort.
The Tholl family has meant alot to us over the years. Paul went to school with Jean and several other family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lynne and Family,
Very sorry to hear about your dad. Marie always enjoyed sitting next to him at church. I
know you worked very hard caring for your dad when we would see each other in town.
Your dad was a very nice man. All of you take care and your dad is in our prayers.
What a wonderful family. So sorry for your loss. May God bless and give comfort during this time of grief.
Sending prayers and condolences to Mr Tholl’s family.
So sorry for your loss. May he RIP.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tholl family!
Bill was a favorite! His smiling face could light up a room! He will definitely be missed! Jeanne and Lynne, my prayers are with you! He is where he is wanted to be, back with the love of his life!
So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, what a great gentleman. Fond memories of him. He will be in our prayers.
Dear Tholl Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. You are all in my prayers. He was such a kind and wonderful man. May his soul rest in peace……Amen!!!!!!
Tholl Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father, He was such a nice man. I worked at Standard. He was always so polite and mannerly when he worked on your machine, always with a smile. He was a keeper and will be missed. Just remember all the good times you all have had together, it will help to comfort you. Erma O’ Rourke
My sympathy and prayers to your family. I have always looked up to the Tholl Family, a gold standard in Otsego County and beyond. My friendships with Lynn and Toni were so dear during my high school days and Mr. and Mrs. Tholl were always so involved in our faith and civic communities.
Rest In Peace, shipmate. We have the watch.
To the family of William Tholl………..we are so very sorry for the loss of your father, a wonderful and friendly man.
What a caring family Bill and Mary Ellen brought up…….they took such good care of their parents and felt lucky
and happy to be able to take care of them. Your dad is now with your mom and with their God. RIP Bill and
Mary Ellen and give my love to Patty. God Bless All the Family.
Sending our sympathy to the entire Tholl family. Uncle John spoke often of your dad, while working with him at Standard Products. May you find peace that he’s back with your mom in heaven. Remember them both with smiles, they were truly blessed in life.
Prayers and thoughts to the Tholl family, from the Nelson Family.
To the Tholl Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always so kind, always asked about our family. You have beautiful memories to share of your caring wonderful parents. God bless them. We are thinking of all of you, Pat and Dar (Vinicki) Harkins
To all of the Tholl family,
Our hearts go out to you in the loss of Bill. He was such a good friend to Chuck and our whole family. We have kept Mary Ellen and Bill in our prayers and hope that the wonderful memories of them give you comfort.
Our sincere condolences.