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David Yoe Williams

November 24, 1930 ~ April 21, 2022 (age 91)



David Yoe Williams was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather during his incredible 91 years of life. Dad, a.k.a. GrandDad, passed on peacefully to his eternal reward in the early hours of April 21, 2022, at home in Naples, Florida. Dad is survived by his beautiful wife of 69 years - our mother, grandmother and great grandmother Charlotte. We love you and cherish you, Mom.

Dad was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois, where he graduated from high school and met his bride-to-be, Charlotte Cleary. After high school, Dad was accepted to Knox College, and he subsequently transferred to and graduated from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, Dad followed his deceased father-in-law’s deep desire that he convert to the Catholic faith. God bless you Grandfather Cleary for lighting that spark. Georgetown provided the base for Dad’s instruction in the faith where he soaked up as much as he could under private instruction. What then began was a lifelong pursuit of a deeper understanding and love for Christ and His Church. Dad’s faith informed everything he did.

Dad and Mom were married on June 27, 1953, shortly after Dad’s graduation, and after a 90-day stint in Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, Dad was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy, serving for four years and being honorably discharged as a Lieutenant (JG) in 1956. By then, babies #1 and # 2 had arrived in 1954 and 1955. Following his military service, Dad launched a many decades-long and successful business career in financial services when he started as an analyst at the Continental Bank in Chicago. God’s blessings were abundant and babies #3 through #15 arrived in 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1974. Dad was never afraid to start a new venture, whether in the US or abroad, or to take a leap of faith into a new job, and he was grateful that he was always able to provide for his family. Dad was pre-deceased by his parents, Bernice and Robert Williams’ and his three siblings Robert, Grace and his twin sister Mary.

Faith and family were everything to Dad.

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet he shall live.” There can be no doubt that Dad lived a life of faith and worked his entire life to pass that faith on to his family, including a deep devotion to our Blessed Mother under her many titles. The daily rosary was the centerpiece of our family life, always led by Dad, and that practice is firmly planted in his family. Dad can be sure that he will be remembered in our daily rosaries for decades to come.

“I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven…” Dad also passed on to his family his maxim that ‘we stand for life’, so it is fitting that we honor his ‘first principle’ by calling the roll of his descendants. And while his descendants are not quite yet as numerous as Abraham’s, buckle up because his legacy is vast.

Dad is survived by his fifteen children and their spouses: Charlotte Williams; Kathleen Hinkle; David Y. Williams II and his wife Laurie; Spencer Williams and his wife Loretta; Diane Galebach and her husband Stephen; Reverend Peter Williams; Margaret Pince and her husband David; Mary Vicinanzo and her husband David; Christopher Williams and his wife Janice; Patricia Blume and her husband Peter; Elizabeth Heisler and her husband Peter; Michael Williams; Joseph Williams and his wife Raeanna; Paul Williams; and Therese Williams.

Grandad is also survived by seventy-seven of his seventy-eight grandchildren and his ninety-six great grandchildren. [there are an additional 13 great grandchildren ‘on the way’ denoted by an *]

Each of us has been blessed by knowing, living with, loving, and being loved by Dad. We have been blessed by his example, by his virtue, by witnessing the times he fell and picked himself up to begin

again. By the times he picked us up when we fell, sharing our triumphs, our pains, and our failures as if they were his own. God blessed us with Dad. May he rest in well-earned eternal peace with Christ.

Kathleen Hinkle Family:

David and Amanda Hinkle and their sons Ethan, Spencer, Brady and Ezekiel

Elizabeth and Michael Morano and their daughter Sophia

John and Sarah Hinkle and their children Helena, Thomas, Andrew, Lilia, AnnaRose and Gregory

David II and Laurie Williams Family:

David III and Melissa Williams and their children David IV, Penelope, Ryan, and Conor

Patrick and Jenna Williams and their children Jackson, Nora and Luke

Robert and Alexis Williams and their sons Gavin, Tyler and Blake

Kevin and Shannon Williams and their daughters Cora and Emma

Megan* and Jordan Erceg

Michael and Sarah Williams and their child Quinn (d)

Jacob Williams

Mary and Stephen Wikoff and their child Reese

Spencer and Loretta Williams Family:

John II and Mimi Williams and their sons John III (Jack) and Braeden

Thomas and Emily Williams and their children Naomi, Eliana, Xavier, Fiona and Brielle

Andrew and Gina Williams and their children Oliver, Margaret (Maggie), Vincent and Anthony

Loretta (Letty)* and Robert Poppleton and their children Peter, Joseph, Rose, John and Carolyn

Katherine* and Kevin Bein and their children Evelyn, Konrad, Alice and Annabelle

Rebecca Williams

Mary and Trevor Hutto and their son William

James and Ashli Williams and their children James Jr (JJ), Elizabeth, Vivian and Samuel

Veronica and Joseph Elmenhurst and their children Eleanor, Joseph (Finn), Dean and Gianna

Bernadette* and Alexander Powell

Mark and Maisy* Williams and their son Benedict

Matthew Williams

Emily Grace Williams

Diane and Steve Galebach Family:

Timothy and Anna Galebach and their son Daniel

Adele and Brock Dittus and their sons Cyrus and Harold

Annie Galebach and Adam Caress and their children James, Henry, Elizabeth and Collette

Will and Justine Galebach and their children Logan and Eloise

Peter and Emily Galebach and their son Alexander

Philip and Annie Parker

Bernice Galebach and her daughter Anastasia

Carolyn Galebach

Maria Galebach

Julia Galebach

Meg and David Pince Family:

Christopher and Jessica* Pince and their children Lily, Bridget, Thomas, Kolbe and Celine

Charlotte* and Tommy Marshall and their sons Oliver and Louis

Reverend Alexander Pince

Marcela and Zachary Perez

Theodore and Camille Pince and their sons Charles and James

Andrew Pince

Elizabeth Pince

Mary and David Vicinanzo Family:

Joseph Vicinanzo and his sons Dominick and Damian

Thomas and Naomi Vicinanzo and their daughter Joanna

Matthew and Emma Vicinanzo and their children Inez and Roch

Daniel and Colette* Vicinanzo and their daughter Chiara

Nicholas Vicinanzo

Benedict and Elise Vicinanzo

David Vicinanzo

Francis Vicinanzo

Jack Vicinanzo

RoseMary (d) Vicinanzo

Mariana Vicinanzo

Leo Vicinanzo

Chris and Janice Williams Family:

Michelle and Peter McAuliffe and their sons Thomas and Maximilian

Christopher and Jessica Williams and their son Dean

Monica Williams

Clare Williams

Peter Williams

Dominic Williams

Patty and Peter Blume Family:

Margaret* and Peter Freddoso and their children Stella, Anneliese and David

Robert Blume and fiancée Sarah Ruenes

Emily and Sean Hannon and their children Jack, Peter and Lucy

Michael and Dominique Blume and their children Gemma and Blaise

Catherine Blume and fiancé Nick Leaver

Therese Blume and fiancé Charlie Mihaliak

Elizabeth Blume

Patricia Blume

Liz and Peter Heisler Family:

James and Sarah* Heisler and their daughter Grace

Cecelia and Donald Burton and their son William

Joseph and Raeanna Williams Family:

Joseph and Marisa* Williams and their son Joseph

Grace* and John Babineau and their daughter Magdalena

Michael and Lilyana* Williams

Lillian Williams

Rose Williams

Paul Williams

Maximilian Williams

Maria Williams

Celeste Williams

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to:

The Sisters of Life (

Oblates of the Virgin Mary (

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (


Mass of Christian Burial
April 26, 2022

10:00 AM
Ave Maria Catholic Church (Ave Maria, Florida)

April 26, 2022

12:00 PM
Palm Royal Cemetery
6780 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples, FL 34119


The Sisters of Life
38 Montebello Road, Suffern NY 10901
Tel: 1-845-357-3547

Oblates of the Virgin Mary
2 Ipswich Street, Boston MA 02215
Tel: 1-617-982-7257

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
450 Venard Road, South Abington Township PA 18411

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