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Joy Wolf, longtime choir singer and genealogist; July 14, 1932 -- July 14, 2011

Joy Wolf of Williamsville, a former employee of Bell Aerospace and longtime choir singer and genealogist, died July 14 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. She was 79.

Born Joy Pollock in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Amherst Central High School, where she starred in one of Amherst's first operettas, "The Pirates of Penzance," in her senior year.

After spending time as a homemaker while raising her children, Mrs. Wolf later accepted a position at Bell Aerospace in the personnel department, where she worked for many years.

Mrs. Wolf and her husband, Donald E., both enjoyed singing and spent 25 years with The Circle, a talented choir of First Presbyterian Church under the direction of Squire Haskin.

In 1985, the couple took what Mrs. Wolf called "the trip of a lifetime," spending half a year traveling in Europe, spending time in London and Paris.

Mrs. Wolf had a deep interest in genealogy, having tracked her heritage back to the 17th century. She later became a licensed genealogist assisting many families in pursuit of their ancestry.

She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century, served as president of the local Alice Putnam Society from 1993 to 1995 and subsequently became New York State honorary president of the organization.

Besides her her husband, survivors include two sons, Eric and Douglas, and a daughter, Pamela Rogalski.

Private services were held.