George C. Wolfe, 83, of Ossian, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Aase Haugen Home in Decorah. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, with Rev. Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes officiating. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Visitation was at the church one hour before the service Friday. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah served the family. Eucharistic minister was Marcia Madrigal. Lector was Peter Wolfe. Gifts were offered by Mark and Mari Wolfe. Organist was Diane Stee. Cantor was Don Dilaura. Congregational hymns were “Be Not Afraid,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “Servant Song” and “Take Me Out To The Ball Park.” Pall bearers were Jon Madrigal, Gary Moellers, Mel Elsbernd, Duane Holthaus, Ron Lienau and Arthie Holthaus. Casket bearers were his nieces and nephews: Paul Schuler, Judy Grauman, David Schuler, Joe Campagna, Jim Campagna, Beth Linn, Denise Clark, Marie Klich, Celeste Soden, Michelle Lally, Jeannie Riesenburg, Marie Wolfe, Philip Wolfe, Peter Wolfe, Paul Wolfe, Mark Wolfe, Marcia Madrigal, Melissa Wolfe, Rusty Wolfe, Cathy Clements and Bobby Wolfe. Interment was at St. Francis Cemetery in Ossian, with full military honors by American Legion Post 0503, Brockman Hammersland.
George Christian Wolfe was born Dec. 8, 1930, on a farm near Festina, the son of Joseph and Anna (Gesing) Wolfe. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church and attended Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic School until the third grade. At that time he started attending St. Francis DeSales Catholic School in Ossian. George graduated St. Francis De Sales High School with the class of 1948. After high school, George spent several years working on the family farm near Ossian. He was later drafted into the army and spent two years with the United States Army Military Police in Japan. He then returned home to help out on the family farm. After George’s mother passed away in 1978, George moved to Ossian. George was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Ossian and also the Veteran’s Association. He loved to garden and socialize. For many years he was in charge of the Silver Springs softball diamond and concession stand in Ossian. George loved getting to know the ball players, their wives and families. George had an amazing memory and would give the kids personalized pencils on their birthdays. George spent the past two-and-a-half years at Aase Haugen Home in Decorah. He loved the caring and attentive staff. He enjoyed their company and their efforts to keep him comfortable.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna; his sisters, Helen Puccio and Blanche Schuler; his brothers: Zeno, Joseph and Alex; one niece, Judy Grauman and two nephews, Philip Wolfe and David Schuler.
George is survived by his brother, Norbert and his sister, Genevieve Campagna; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and –nephews.