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Maureen H. Wolfe: 1939-2018


OTTAWA — Maureen Helen Wolfe, 79, of Ottawa, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, at Manor Court.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Columba Church with the Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Ottawa Funeral Home with prayers at 3:45 p.m. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery.
Maureen was born Jan. 9, 1939, in Ottawa, to William and Helen (McGarr) Wolfe.
She attended St. Columba Grade School and Marquette High School. Maureen completed her undergraduate degree at St. Mary's of Notre Dame and received her Master of Arts degree from University of Notre Dame.
Maureen taught at Riley High School in South Bend, Ind., then for many years at Serena High School and Marquette High School, where she sponsored many clubs and was active in theater productions.
Maureen also enjoyed shopping and buying for others, and decorating her house for different holidays.
Maureen was a member of the Ottawa Community Players and both appeared and directed numerous plays in Ottawa. She enjoyed gardening, travel and going to the theater.
When she was a little girl, a puppy followed her home and she named her Lightening. This began her lifelong love of animals, particularly dogs. Maureen was very proud to be one of the first female graduates of Notre Dame, and also that she was 100 percent of Irish descent.
She is survived by her sister, Shirley Reardon; a nephew, Gary (Heather) Reardon; a niece, Helen Jo Reardon; and a very special great-niece, Emily Reardon.
Pallbearers will be Mike Schneider, George Alaimo, EJ Werth, Tom Walsh, Roger Hooper and Mike Etscheid.
Maureen was truly a giving person and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
The online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at

Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory
1111 La Salle St., Ottawa, IL 61350

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