Albert William Wolfram

Born: Tue., Aug. 31, 1926
Died: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 02, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jan. 03, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location


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 A. W. “Bill” Wolfram
August 31, 1926 – December 27, 2017


Albert William Wolfram, 91, passed away Wednesday, December 27th at Dujarie House, Holy Cross Village. Bill was born August 31, 1926 at home in North Liberty, IN to the late Evelyn (Robinson) and Rea W. Wolfram and was a lifetime area resident. On September 11, 1948 he married Beverly M. Jones at First Methodist Church in South Bend. Beverly and Bill met at First Church and were members of a Young Adult Youth Group (YAGS). In 1948 there were at least six couples of this group that married and formed the Mr. and Mrs. Class which grew over the years with additional marriages of the YAG Class and new members of the church to over 50 couples. There were only four divorces which is a much better record than today’s society.
Bill is survived by his son Thomas (Kathy) of Granger and their three sons, Kyle (Bridget), David, and Tyler (Katie); daughter, Leslie Anne (Mark) Schaffer of Indianapolis and their sons, Jared (Stephanie), and their daughters, Morgan and twins Mia and Sophia and Drew and Brock; daughter Carol (Daryl) Moore of Evansville, IN and their daughter, Kaitlin Moore-Morley (Darren) and sons, Patrick (Lauren) and their children, Everleigh and Clara, and Colin (Mimi) and their son, Walt; son-in-law, Earl Todd of Huntsville, AL and his sons, Ryan (Aundrea) and Scott (Laura); and brother, Paul Wolfram (Barbara) of South Bend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Nancy Beth Todd; and grandson Duncan Wolfram.
Bill was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was proud of all his children and grandchildren. The family enjoyed many family trips over the years and in the last 20 plus years their family reunions were held in Indiana and Kentucky state parks and other venues.
The Wolfram family moved to Walkerton when Bill was six months old. In high school he was active in sports, lettering in basketball, track, and softball (county schools played softball instead of baseball). He also played in the school band, had roles in school plays, and was valedictorian of his class. Bill enlisted in the Navy in May of 1944 and was called to active duty in August and served for two years during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion. After his discharge he entered Michigan State University and graduated in 1950. He has remained a loyal Spartan fan over the years. He served as director and president of the MSU – Michiana Alumni Club and was a football season ticket holder for over 25 years.
Upon graduation from MSU He became General Manager of the Builders Store, Inc. He was a director of the former St. Joseph Valley Heating and Sheet Metal Association. Bill served as a director and President of the Indiana Heating and Sheet Metal Contractors Association. In 1969 He merged the heating and air conditioning division of the Builders Store with Whitt Heating in Mishawaka to form Builders Whitt Heating and Cooling. Builders Whitt was sold to David Gregg in 1989 and later became BW Heating and Cooling. Bill continued as a sales engineer until his retirement. He became a consultant for Home Comfort Experts. Bill was active in his church, having served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, Trustee, several other committees and was a usher for over 30 years. He was a 50 year member of the following Masonic bodies, the former South Bend Lodge No. 294 F&AM (now St. Joseph Lodge No. 45 F&AM), Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, and Orak Shrine. He served on the hospital and transportation of Orak. One of his pleasures after retirement was transporting children to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago and the Shriners Burns Center in Cincinnati. Over the years he made over 100 trips to Chicago and 20 to Cincinnati. He was also a director of the Valley of Promise, a local philanthropic organization which pays for transportation cost for children to the hospitals and other philanthropic causes. He was also a past director and President of the South Bend Shrine Club.
Bill was a 50 year member of the South Bend Rotary Club and served as a director for one term and on numerous committees. He was a double Paul Harris Fellow and had many years of perfect attendance. Playing golf and playing gin with friends occupied some of his time in retirement. He was a member of Morris Park Country Club and Four Lakes Country Club. He had five holes in one in his lifetime.
Funeral services for Bill will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3rd in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. with his granddaughter, Rev. Kaitlin Moore-Morley officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home where a Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 6:30.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL, 60707-3392, Trinity Trust of First United Methodist Church, 333 N. Main St., South Bend, IN, 46601, Rotary Foundation c/o South Bend Rotary Club, 108 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN, 46601, Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN, 46545, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Albert's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

Rotary Foundation c/o South Bend Rotary Club
108 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN, 46601

Shriners Hospital for Children
http://www.shrinershq.org
51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617 722 3000

Trinity Trust of First United Methodist Church
333 N. Main St., South Bend, IN, 46601

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Judith (Master) Rinehart
   Posted Mon January 01, 2018
I am sorry to hear of Albert Wolfram's passing. I will make a contribution in his memory to Trinity Trust of the First United Methodist Church. My Mother was a Wolfram......I am the Granddaughter of George and Ruth Elizabeth Wolfram of Monterey, Indiana.

Karl (Bud) Master, Jr.
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
We so wanted to come to the viewing today, but the weather and a 1 1/2 hour drive decided that for us. We are sorry for your loss.
Just this summer I found another side of my family when a Wolfram was looking for a family home in our town of Monterey, IN. My mother was a Wolfram the daughter of George Wolfram. We have talked to Paula and have traced the family back to Johann Wolfram. I so wanted to meet some more of my relatives I neaver knew I had.

Chaplain Linda Cirillo
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
Dear Kate, My thoughts and prayers are with you, your Mother, and your entire family at the loss of your beloved grandfather. What a beautiful gift you give him by doing his service. Peace, Chaplain Linda Cirillo, St Vincent Hospital Evansville

Nancy Bean
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
Tom, Kathy, Daryl and Carol - It is tough to lose a parent, but clear from this beautifully written obituary that Bill was a very intelligent, athletic, successful and compassionate who lived a rich life full of love for his large family and a strong Christian faith. I am grateful for his service to our country and to the many charities he supported throughout his lifetime. I am sure you will find peace in the comfort of happy memories.

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