Polly Wolf

(May 29, 1923 - Aug. 2, 2022)


Polly Wolf, nee Grace Elva Johnson, beloved sister, wife, mother and grandmother, returned to her maker Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. The youngest of 11, Polly was born May 29, 1923, to Kelso Sr. and Ella Farra Johnson in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. 

J. Earl Wolf Jr. claimed her as his wife Dec. 11, 1942. Polly, a child of the Depression, began working in junior high as a live-in babysitter, and summers were spent in the Poconos working at resorts alongside her sisters. Then, she worked as a data entry clerk at Bainbridge Naval Station until the birth of her first child. 

Later she had a day care, finally retiring from Quality Cleaners in Oxford, Pennsylvania, as a presser when she and Earl prepared to retire in Wapiti, Wyoming. They built a log cabin, developed a greenhouse, a garden and hosted relatives, friends, friends of friends and a variety of international travelers. 

My sweet, sassy mother hunted, bagging a moose, deer and became a gunbearer while Earl hunted turkey. She baked, brined and brewed, experimenting with recipes sometimes to the family’s dismay and delight, especially when she perfected a whole wheat croissant. Left to mourn and share memories are husband, Earl, Powell; daughter, Diane (Steve) Martin and son, Jay Earl Wolf III, Powell; son-in-law, Frank Onks, Cody; grandchildren Cliff (Annamaria) Martin, Cheyenne; Jennifer Martin, Denver; Stephanie (Jason) Wnetrzak, North Carolina; Adrianne (Matt) Thomas, Iowa; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Polly was preceded in death by her parents; sisters; Lulu, Bessie, Marguerite, Elizabeth, Alberta, Bernice, Marian and Jean; brothers, Richard and Kelso Jr; daughters, Linda Mae Wolf Roberts, Gail Louise Wolf Onks.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.