Barbara Victor Wolfe (8/31/1932 - 2/17/2012) will be dearly missed by her friends and family. She shared her radiant ability to bring joy to any situation and see the beauty in daily life with all who were fortunate to meet her. She laced every day with cheerfulness, playfulness and good humor, and she “never sweat the small stuff”.
She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Martin S. Wolfe (1927-2009) whom she married in Tuscola, Illinois in 1958. Together, they raised their children, Victor Fay-Wolfe, Lynn Wolfe and Kristin Wolfe Jensen, with a love of family time, laughing, playing games, lake vacations at their cottage in Massachusetts, and later Branch Lake in Maine, which they balanced with a dedicated commitment to education, hard work, sports, and other endeavors.
As a bubbly child in Tuscola, Illinois, Barbara was active in cheer leading, baton twirling, 4-H, and just about every other constructive activity her small town offered. She went on to attend the University of Illinois where she majored in Physical Education and minored in science, and later received a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. As a young woman, she shared her P.E. and science teaching with students of the Crystal Lake Schools and University High School in Urbana, Illinois. She took a hiatus from her career to dedicate time, energy and nurturing love to her children, being the coolest mom in town – both in Urbana, and Storrs, Connecticut where the family moved in 1968. For several years she volunteered at the Mansfield Senior Center (CT), and then served ten years before retirement as a wise and nurturing Guidance Counselor and National Honor Society Advisor at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in North Grosvenordale, CT.
In retirement, Barbara and Marty embraced the beauty of Oahu, Hawaii and Branch Lake, Maine, spending six months in each place for twenty years. In retirement, Barbara also continued to enjoy the company of old friends and new, playing bridge on the beach, enjoying pu pu time overlooking Kaneohe Bay and Branch Lake, bonding with niece Jill and her family in Hawaii, membership in P.E.O, and the births and young lives of her six adoring grand children, Stephanie Bradford, Sean Fay-Wolfe, Eric Fay-Wolfe, Daniel Bradford, Annika Jensen and Casey Fay-Wolfe.
In addition to her children and grandchildren, Barbara is survived by her older brothers, Bill and Jim Victor; daughter in law Kelli Fay-Wolfe; and son in laws Andy Bradford and Stig Jensen.
Aloha, sweet, spunky Mom.
The memorial Service will take place at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Rundus Funeral Home in Broomfield, CO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her honor to the American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Giving/Giving_UCM_001137_SubHomePage.jsp
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