Rita I. Wolf, department store supervisor

December 03, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Rita I. Wolf, a retired hosiery department supervisor and World War II defense worker, died Sunday of multiple organ failure at her home in the Gaywood community of Baltimore County. She was 93.

Rita Imhof was born and raised in Allentown, Pa., where she graduated in 1933 from Allentown Central Catholic High School.

She worked several years as a secretary in Allentown before marrying Wilmer Wolf Sr. in 1937.

The couple moved to Baltimore that year when Mr. Wolf took a position with the Social Security Administration, then downtown in the Candler Building.

With the outbreak of World War II, her husband enlisted in the Navy, and she went to work as an electrical systems inspector at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft plant in Middle River.

Mr. Wolf, who later worked with the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, died in 1961.

In 1964, Mrs. Wolf joined the old Hutzler's department store in Towson as a sales associate.

A year later, she took a similar position at the old Stewart & Co. department store on York Road. She later supervised the department.

Mrs. Wolf had been an active communicant and volunteer at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, and since 1967 had been a parishioner at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge.

"You could always find her at turkey suppers, spaghetti dinners, book fairs, carnivals and in the kitchen at St. Mary's Parochial School, helping serve lunches," said her daughter, Mary Ann Wolf of Gaywood.

At Mrs. Wolf's request, no funeral Mass will be offered; plans for a celebration of her life were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are a son, Wilmer Wolf Jr. of San Diego; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren.

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