Submitted by: Dan Rich
Walter H. Wolf
March 18, 1927 - July 7, 2005
South Bend Tribune 7/10/2005
Walter H. Wolf, 78, of Woodland Avenue in South Bend, IN, whose life we celebrate, left us at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2005, in Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 18, 1927, to the late Arthur A. and Mary A. (Burner) Wolf in South Bend, IN, and was a lifelong resident. Along with his parents, one son, Timothy A. Wolf, one sister and four brothers also preceded him in death. Mr. Wolf retired from the University of Notre Dame on April 1, 1989. He worked for 44 years as an operating engineer at the power plant. Walter had attended Washington Clay High School, and graduated from the International Correspondent School of Engineering.
On September 25, 1948, he married Patricia Nell Humphrey at Olive Chapel Church in New Carlisle, IN. She survives. Along with his wife of almost 57 years, he is survived by one daughter, Christy L. (James W.) Ebersole of New Carlisle, IN; one son, Walter H. "Cubby" (Barbara J.) Wolf II of Westminster, CO; one daughter-in-law, Sandra K. Wolf of Osceola, IN; 11 grandchildren, Wendy (Jimmy) Surgeon, Tina (Jason) Colglazier, Susan (Bryan) Kniola, Peter Wolf, Megan (Joseph) Aquino, Brian Wolf, John (Barbara) Wolf, Joseph Wolf, Larry Cox, Lisa Wolf and Lynn Wolf.
Mr. Wolf was a member of Northwest United Methodist Church in South Bend, where he was on the board of trustees in the church and was also known as the "official handyman" of the church. He was a member of the board of directors of Northwest United Methodist Day Care Center, and American Legion Post #297 in New Carlisle, IN. Walter was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed woodworking, camping and traveling. Walter leaves us with lots of loving and happy memories. Patricia and Walter loved and bickered for almost 57 years of marriage, and loved every bit of it. He was known as "Grandpa Walt" to all the Northwest United Methodist day-care children, and to all his great-grandkids, he was known as "Grampie." He was an all-around good guy who was loved by all. His family wishes to thank all the staff at Miller's Merry Manor in New Carlisle for all their loving care during Walter's stay with them.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2005, in Northwest United Methodist Church in South Bend, where friends may visit one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, South Bend, where military services will be conducted by American Legion Post #297. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2005, in Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Road, South Bend, IN 46628; or to First United Methodist Soup Kitchen, c/o First United Methodist Church, 333 N. Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601.