Rosemarie N. Wolf, a longtime Fargo resident, died on June 16, 2004, at age 81 in Durango, Colorado. She had been living there for the past four years near her youngest daughter, Janet (Flow) Wolf- Cartier.
Homemaker and loving mother of six children, Rosemarie lived most of her life in Fargo, North Dakota, where she was active in many community and church activities.
Born Rosemarie Nolan in Milbank, South Dakota, on August 9, 1922, she and her family moved to Wahpeton, N.D. in 1927. Growing up, Rosemarie attended and was active in St. John?s Catholic Church in Wahpeton. In high school, she participated in theater and other performing arts, was a member of the debate team, edited the yearbook, and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Wahpeton High School. She went on to attend The Wahpeton State School of Science.
With World War II underway in Europe, Rosemarie moved to Washington, D.C., where she took a job with the office of Civilian Defense, and later transferred to the Civil Air Patrol, sharing occasional elevator rides with such luminaries as James Doolittle, Melvyn Douglas, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The First Lady would have Rosemarie and her co-workers at the CAP over to the White House for tea on occasion.
David Wolf, whom she had met and dated in Wahpeton, had also moved to Washington, D.C., where, after completing Officer Candidate?s School, he worked for the War Department in the newly-built Pentagon as part of Gen. Eisenhower?s administrative staff, and attended law school in the evening at George Washington University.
Rosemarie and Dave became engaged at Christmas 1941, and were married in February 1942 at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C. When Dave was assigned overseas to Europe in 1942, Rosemarie and their first son, Michael, returned home to Wahpeton to live with her family.
After the war Rosemarie and Dave returned to North Dakota to make their home in Fargo and raise their family. Rosemarie became active in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church?s Women?s Auxiliary and PTA. She also volunteered as a Cub Scout leader and staff aide for American Legion?s North Dakota Boys? State program. She and Dave helped serve holiday meals to the poor for many years. In addition to raising six children, Rosemarie was an avid bridge player, a reader of mystery and romance novels; she enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing the piano, and was a culinary artist who never ceased to amaze her family and dinner guests.
Rosemarie was preceded in death by her husband, David A. Wolf, in 1996. She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Michael and Kathleen M. Wolf, Carlsbad, Calif., Kathleen F. Wolf, Las Cruces, N.M.; Thomas and Harriet Wolf, Spokane, Wash., Mary E. Wolf and Louis Ocepek, Las Cruces, N.M., Flow Wolf-Cartier, Durango, Colo.; and Tim Wolf, Spokane, Wash. Grandchildren are Adam M. Wolf, Jersey City, N.J. Devon Wolf, Las Cruces, N.M.; Ursula, Conrad and Gavin Wolf, Spokane, Wash.; Ian Wolf, Spokane, Wash.; and Grace Wolf-Cartier, Durango, Colo. Rosemarie is also survived by her brother, Bob Nolan, Phoenix, Arizona.
Funeral services will be held at Church of the Nativity, 1125 11th St. South, in Fargo on Saturday, July 10, at 10 a.m., with Father Patrick Tobin officiating. There will also be a visitation Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for family and friends at the Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th St. South, in Fargo. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be sent to: the Alzheimer?s Association in Fargo at 4357 13th Avenue SW, Suite 203, Fargo, ND 58103.
Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com