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Epilogue | Pat Wollman

Her big ideas leave Dunedin a green legacy

DUNEDIN — Pat Wollman, a bubbly city fixture known as the "Tree Lady of Dunedin," came at officials with a string of big ideas: a park for the blind, a butterfly garden, trees everywhere!

"It was a little overwhelming at first," said Art Finn, Dunedin parks superintendent. "But we were blessed with having Pat come up to us and offer her services like that. It brought about some great programs and got the city a lot of trees."

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The Bay Bouquet Garden Club of Dunedin will plant pignut hickory, loblolly bay, live oak, sabal palm, Southern splash pine and red cedar …

For information, call Pat Wollman.

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Mrs. Wollman always approached things with zest.

She grew up in Detroit and spent years as an entertainer on stage, film and television. She worked as a model, a radio announcer and a voice-over artist. She had jobs in advertising and fashion. She taught etiquette classes to adults and children.

"Her drive came from within," said her cousin Lea LeVines. "Pat was born with an amazing drive. She had this amazing positive energy."

Mrs. Wollman moved to Florida with her husband in 1978. She eventually became involved with the Bay Bouquet Garden Club. She planted hundreds of trees in city parks, along the Pinellas Trail and at the Dunedin Senior Center. She helped establish an adopt-a-tree program and raise $30,000 for beautification.

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Are you looking for the perfect Father's Day gift? … For a donation of $10 or more, a tree will be planted, you will receive a letter of thanks from the city of Dunedin, and Dad will receive a letter acknowledging your gift.

For information, call Pat Wollman.

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She was well-mannered and proper. She always wore matching clothes and makeup, no hair out of place. Even while ailing with emphysema, she kept her spirits high.

At Woodside Hospice, where she spent her last years, she organized social events. She motored around in a scooter and knocked on her neighbors' doors to say, "You need to come out and play!"

Mrs. Wollman died May 27. She was 83.

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In honor of National Garden Week, the Bay Bouquet Garden Club will plant 30 trees in the Youth Guild Park. … The club, with the help of donations, has planted more than 950 trees.

For information, call Pat Wollman.

Stephanie Hayes can be reached at shayes@sptimes.com or

(727) 893-8857.

.Biography

Pat Wollman

Born: Jan. 25, 1925.

Died: May 27, 2008.

Survivors: cousins Tom "Tommy" Phillips, Jim and Jaci Buswell, and Jeff and Lea LeVines.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday in the Woodside Hospice chapel, 6774 102nd Ave., Pinellas Park. Memorial tree dedication at 9:30 a.m. June 20 at Edgewater Park in Dunedin.

Her big ideas leave Dunedin a green legacy 06/03/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 12:15pm]
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