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Rita D. Wolf, 93, longtime Ski Patrol member

Feb. 15, 1924 – Sept. 11, 2017

Rita D. Wolf, a National Ski Patrol member for more than 50 years, died Monday in her Williamsville home. She was 93.

Born in Buffalo, the former Patricia Heaney was a 1942 graduate of Kensington High School. She met her husband, Heinz “Dutch” Wolf, a Buffalo firefighter, at a CYO dance at St. James Catholic Church and they were married in 1946.

Mrs. Wolf was a bookkeeper and secretary for her husband’s business, Heinz Wolf Plumbing & Heating, from 1958 until it closed in 1988.

A skiing enthusiast since her father bought her a pair of skis at Sears Roebuck and took her to trails in Sheridan Park, she continued skiing into her 80s.

She served with the National Ski Patrol for 52 years at the former Glenwood Acres and Holiday Valley, where she also assisted in the adaptive skiing program. She skied and traveled extensively with her husband throughout the United States.

Mrs. Wolf was an American Red Cross first aid instructor and former president of the Buffalo School 80 PTA.

She belonged to the Lederhosen Ski Club, the Williamsville Garden Club and the Perseverance Society Women’s Club.

She was a member of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Ellicottville and St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church in Cheektowaga.

Besides her husband, survivors include two daughters, Patricia and Kathy Vasilius, and four granddaughters.

A memorial Mass was offered Thursday in Holy Name of Mary Church, 22 Jefferson St., Ellicottville.

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