MADISON - Helen (Ulrich) Woosley, age 81, was unexpectedly called to the Lord to be with her beloved husband on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Helen was born Sept. 7, 1931, the daughter of Lester and Dora Ulrich in Rockford, Illinois. She was a graduate of Rockford East High School. In October 1952, Helen married the love of her life, Glen Woosley. She spent the ensuing years raising their daughter, Glenda, as well as being active in various organizations in the Madison area. She worked in the collection industry, purchasing the collection agency side of the business from Madison Credit Bureau in 1974. Shortly thereafter, it was renamed to Consolidated Collection Bureau, Inc. Helen was a distinguished member of the Wisconsin Collectors Association and held the Presidency position in 1981. She joined Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1988 as a part-time consultant, always supporting Glenda and their unit until 2000.
Helen will always be remembered for her constant devotion to her family, her kind and gentle manner, her love of animals and nature, and her commitment to helping those less fortunate than herself. All those that knew her remember her German heritage and the Methodist beliefs as she reflected in her joy of singing hymns. Helen and Glen were members of Concordia United Methodist Church in Prairie du Sac and upon Glen's passing she joined the United Methodist Church in Merrimac.
Helen was most happy spending time with her late husband, Glen, her daughter, Glenda, the dogs and friends either at their home on Lake Wisconsin, or traveling in their motor home and vacationing in Florida during the winter months. She enjoyed water skiing, boating, snow skiing, and snowmobiling for many years. Helen was actively involved and instrumental in the various businesses that Glenda (and Mike Kriegl) owned. She enjoyed helping at their storage facility, in the early years at the Culver's of Darboy (Appleton) and Neenah locations and later, her talents were best utilized in the office rather than the restaurants. Helen spent many hours organizing the holiday shoebox project for area emergency rooms and shelters.
Her strong faith helped her through some challenging health issues in the past six years with courage and determination.
Helen is survived by her loving daughter, Glenda; her ‘adopted' granddaughter through the Big Brothers/Big Sister Program, Shanalee Gallagher of San Francisco, CA; her four legged grand dog, Sadie; sister-in-law, Vera (Bill) Ulrich of Monticello, Minnesota; nieces and nephews, Mary Casna of Rockford, Illinois, Denise (Dan) McAllister of Montrose, Colorado; Scott (Janice) Olson of Lodi, Wisconsin; Martha (Quinn) Barclay, Susan Hall and David Ulrich all of Rockford, Illinois and several great nieces and nephews, Bobby (Amanda), Marissa, Melody (Steve), Mindy (Ryan), Matt, Jake and Angie (Peter) along with many great, great nieces and nephews.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Glen, her parents, Lester and Dora, her six brothers—David, John, Richard, Paul, Bill and Louis, her sister, Alice, her niece, Vicki and nephew, Quinn.
The family is planning a memorial service and a celebration of Helen's life for the immediate family at a later date.
Glenda and family would like to express their sincere gratitude to friends and the doctors, nurses and other staff over the years at Prairie Clinic in Sauk City, Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Sac and St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Appleton for their support and wonderful care she received during her illness.
In keeping with Helen's giving spirit, Glenda is requesting that you make a contribution to your favorite charity in memory of Helen.