William H. Wolfe, long-time Lake County resident of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Libertyville, passed away Sunday, November 10, at age 94.
Bill Wolfe was born in 1925 in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from St. Thomas More High School in 1943, he enrolled in the US Army, later serving in the European Theater of WWII. After the war, Bill enrolled under the GI Bill at St. Joseph University (Philadelphia, PA), graduating in 1949. He also took evening graduate-level classes at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania while beginning his career at Ford Motor Co.
Having been the editor of the high school newspaper, the college magazine, and an Army newsletter during wartime, his first job after college as an editor of Ford's employee publications was a natural fit. That position became the first of a series of posts with increasing responsibility as an editor of automotive-related publications, including Chilton in Philadelphia and the Hearst Corporation in New York.
Mr. Wolfe moved to Lake County, Illinois in 1972 to lead the auto-industry publications of Hunter Publishing (Chicago) and later Stanley Publications (Chicago). The recipient of multiple editorial awards for his service as a Chief Editor, he retired in 1993. His avocations included a life-long scholarly interest in history (particularly the US Civil War) and in the works of John Henry Newman, who was just recently canonized as a saint.
He is preceded in death by his four siblings: John Wolfe II, Mary Virginia Ferguson, Helen Fleming, and Genevieve Lloyd McGarry.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years Irene (Schroth) Wolfe; three sons: William Jr. (Michelle), Thomas (Deborah), Paul (Lisa); seven grandchildren: William III (Jayme), Michael, Alexander (Allison), Thomas, Caitlin, Paul Jr., Amanda; and two great grandchildren: Eloise and Margaret.
A visitation and viewing will be held Friday, November 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kristan Funeral Home at 219 W. Maple Avenue in Mundelein, IL. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m. inside the Chapel at Santa Maria del Popolo Church in Mundelein, IL. While the street address of the main church is 116 N. Lake Street, the Chapel is located just behind the Rectory at 17 W. Crystal Street. Visitation and quiet reflection will also be held at the Chapel an hour before services.
A donation in honor of William Wolfe to the Thomas More Society at 309 W. Washington Street, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606 is welcomed as are flowers which may be sent to Kristan Funeral Home, 219 W. Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060.