William John ‘Bill’ Wolf — Rochester

ROCHESTER — A memorial service for William John "Bill" Wolf will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Charter House, 211 Second St. N.W.

Mr. Wolf, 99, of Rochester, died Wednesday (March 18, 2009) in Rochester, where he was a long-time resident of the Charter House.

He was born July 7, 1909, in Fairmont, Minn., He graduated from Shattuck Preparatory School in Faribault in 1926, Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., in 1930, and Harvard Business School in 1932.

He started his retailing career in 1932, when he joined Associated Dry Goods at Powers Department Store in Minneapolis, then transferred to Hahne and Co. Department Store in Newark, N.J. While working in New Jersey, Bill met Thayle Landers. They were married on Sept. 10, 1938, at Methodist Memorial Church in Maplewood, N.J. In 1938, they moved to Fairmont, where they established a home and raised a family. Bill joined Wolf-Habein and Co., which he operated and owned until he sold the business in May 1974.

He was active in Christ United Methodist Church of Rochester, serving on the administrative board and as a lay leader. He served a term as president of the Interlachen Golf Club in Fairmont, and was active in the Chamber of Commerce, where he served as both vice chairman and chairman of the retail division. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Zuhra Shrine, as well as the Fairmont Kiwanis. He was a director at First Bank Fairmont until his retirement. He was an active member of the Service Corp. of Retired Executives for 26 years, both in Fairmont and Rochester. He and his wife moved in December 1989 to Rochester to live at the Charter House. They had many friends at the Charter House, where he served a term as vice president of the resident board.


He is survived by his son, William J. (Donna) Wolf Jr., of New Paltz, N.Y.; his daughter, Dara (Douglas) LaForce-Skelton of Richardson, Texas; his sister, Wilhelmina Carey of Troy, Mich,; five grandchildren, four great-grand children; his caregiver and friend of 17 years, Judy Schellhammer, and his loving companion, Dr. Martha Larsen. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

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