WESTBROOK —Wilbur Ernest Wolf, retired registered nurse, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Sept. 15, 2014, at Springbrook Center in Westbrook, surrounded by loving family members.
He was born Feb. 7, 1932, on his father’s dairy farm in Penfield, N.Y. He is the youngest son of Theodore Edgar Lewis Wolf and Emily Louise Schultz Wolf. Wilbur grew up in Penfield, and graduated from Penfield High School in 1950. He worked on his father’s farm until he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Lee Erklenz, on Sept. 5, 1953.
Wilbur graduated from Luther College in Teaneck, N.J., with aspirations of becoming a Lutheran minister. He chose a parallel career instead, and graduated from Rockland School of Nursing in Suffern, N.Y., in 1966.
Following opportunities in nursing, Wilbur moved his family from New Jersey to Cooperstown N.Y., in 1969, where he worked at Imogene Basset Hospital, and in 1973 to Bar Harbor to work at MDI Hospital. In Maine, Wilbur also worked at Sonogee, BMHI, was director of nurses at Summit House and worked for the state of Maine inspecting health care facilities.
After retiring from nursing in 1994, Wilbur spent time tuning pianos, rebuilding pump organs, doing carpentry projects and gardening. He greatly enjoyed playing jigs and reels on the piano and “making music” with his good friend, Ralph Stanley. Wilbur shared his marvelous bass voice in church choirs, self-published a book of memoirs of growing up on a farm, and was an expert draftsman, drawing buildings from memory in perfect perspective. Wilbur had a special love of cats and had many feline companions during his life. Wilbur had a great love for his God, his family, and life. His gentle way was led by a positive spirit which inspired all those who knew him.
Wilbur leaves behind his wife, Donna Lee Erklenz Wolf; and three daughters, Robin Wolf Donovan, Airin Chris Wolf, and Phyllis Wolf Wilkins. There are also two sons-in-law, Randy Bradford Donovan, and Timothy Sartin Wilkins, as well as a daughter-in-law, Christine Cannell Wolf. His four grandchildren are Jacob G. Donovan, Katherine T. Donovan, Alexandra Reid Wilkins, and Olivia Browning Wilkins. He is survived by a brother, Albert Wolf and sister-in-law, Bernice Wolf, and also two sisters-in-law, Nancy Erklenz Montgomery, and Sandra Ward Erklenz, as well as several nieces and nephews. Wilbur’s sister, Marjorie predeceased him.
A service of remembrance will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in the Chapel of Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. Condolences may be submitted at www.coastalcremationservices.com.