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Wilfred “Bill” Wolff, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora.  He was 87 years old.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Wilfred “Bill” Walter Wolff, of Mora, formerly of Phoenix, AZ; passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora. He was 87 years old.

Bill was born on March 21, 1933 to parents Walter C. and Evelyn A. (Quade) Wolff in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University Hospital. Bill grew up in South Minneapolis and spent summers on a farm in New Hope. He attended Sidney Pratt & Sward grade schools and then South High School. Bill enlisted in the United State Navy in June of 1950.

Bill was united in marriage to Joyce (Westman) Transue and they were blessed with three children, Belinda, William, and Kimberly. Their marriage was dissolved in 1962. Bill later met Evelyn E. Ilstrup at work and after working together for three years, she became his true love. They were married on November 20, 1971. In 1979, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Bill worked for 52 years in the needle trade as a clothing pattern maker. The last 13 years he had his own shop before retiring at the age of 72.

In 2004, after 33 years of marriage, Evelyn passed away. Bill returned to Minnesota in 2006, living in Rush City. Bill enjoyed volunteer work and was awarded the 2011 Senior Citizen of the year for Chisago County. Bill made a final move to the Vasa House in Mora in 2012.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Joyce, second wife Evelyn.

He is survived by his children, Belinda (Bruce) Nehring, William “Butch” (Brenda) Wolff, and Kimberly (Myron) Proehl; step-children, Pamela Hallauer and Gordon Ilstrup; 8 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; sister, Margaret (Art) Gobel; several nieces, other relatives and friends.


5 thoughts on “WILFRED W. WOLFF”

  1. Please accept our sympathy in the passing of Bill. He was a nice man.

    Colleen and Jerry Moore

  2. I was sorry to learn of Wilfred’s, as I knew him, passing. He was my cousin. My dad (Raymond) and his dad were brothers. I visited Wilfred and Evelyn several times in Phoenix and enjoyed great and funny conversations over dinner. We shared a lot of memories and stories of what it was like to be children in the incredible Wolff family. Sending prayers and hugs to all of you during this difficult time and a special hug to you Margaret on losing your brother.

  3. My mother was Uncle Wally’s sister, Donie. I remember when he’d bring Evelyn to Plato because she was taller than he (not hard to do) and she wore long, dangling earrings. I knew Margaret better than Wilfred because we paired off by gender to play. The summer Wolff Family Picnics were always a highlight
    I am the current matriarch of the family (92 in Aug.) and my steps are now very tiny. I have a video of my mother and Uncle Wally dancing at my son’s wedding and know I come by it naturally–they’re so cute taking the tiniest dance steps, but absolutely enjoying it!
    A Thank You to our cousin Jeanne for continuing the summer picnics, which gave me an opportunity to talk to Wilfred more than I had ever had a chance to. And meet Belinda.
    My hearfelt prayers for all of you.
    Cousin Pinky (Lois Ann Pinske)

  4. Sending sympathy and prayers for the loss of Wilfred. Not very many Wolff cousins left. We enjoyed our visit with him at Jean’s cabin and heard from him at Christmas and always planned to stop in Mora when we went through but never seemed to have enough time, now we regret it. We can’t handle driving in Mpls. anymore so won’t be able to attend the grave side service.

  5. Wilfred and wife Evelyn were in Washington DC when I was living in Fairfax Virginia. I enjoyed taking then to several sites in the city and eating at one of my favorite restaurants in Georgetown.
    The Wolff ‘s always enjoyed getting together ! We enjoyed hosting the family a few years ago at our cabin. I also kept thinking of Uncle Wally as he was the brother who still had his hair!

    Belinda – my dad is always in my heart and I think of him often. Your dad will always be in your heart.

    My husband Craig has difficulty walking, so we will not be able to attend.

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