In Loving Memory of Marie Wolslegel: 1940-2022


Marie Cora (Gould) Wolslegel was born in Seattle, Washington on Dec. 26, 1940, to Elbert Raymond and Ethel Eveline (Beieler) Gould. Marie passed away on Dec. 1, 2022, from organ failure after an emergency surgery at Centralia Providence Hospital.  

Marie grew up in Carnation, Washington, graduating from Tolt High School in 1959. She attended Washington State University and worked at several jobs before the birth of her sons, Donald Westley Kerlee and Michael Raymond Kerlee. Marie joined Puget Sound Power and Light Co. in customer service at the company’s Bellevue headquarters in the 1970s, eventually transferring to the Olympia customer service department. She retired in 1998 as service center administrator. She later enjoyed working in curriculum for several years at Centralia High School. 

Marie and her husband, Washington State Patrolman Dee Merrill Wolslegel, made their retirement home on the banks of the Cowlitz River in the Green Water Estates near Toledo, Washington, later moving to Stillwaters Estates in Centralia.  Marie was preceded by her parents, her first husband Wesley William Kerlee from whom she was divorced, her second husband Dee Wolslegel, and her brother-in-law John Paul Qualls. 

Marie is survived by her son Don Kerlee (Kathy), son Mike Kerlee, grandson Brent Michael Kerlee (Leticia), granddaughter Kimberly Lee Kerlee (Michael Ritchie), great-granddaughters Paisley Dawn Kerlee and Aspyn Lee Kerlee, her sister Marjorie Cariol (Gould) Qualls, and many more nieces, nephews and cousins.  

There will be a memorial service for Marie at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at Sticklin Funeral Home, 1437 S. Gold St., Centralia, Washington, 98531. Interment will take place at 11 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2023, at the Carnation Cemetery. The public is also invited to attend.  Donations in Marie’s memory may be made to the Sno-Valley Senior Center (where Marie was a life member) at P.O. Box 96, Carnation, Washington, 98014.  Kind regards to the doctors and staff at Centralia Providence Hospital who worked valiantly to save Marie’s life and accommodate her family.  Photos and memories can be shared at