We are sad to announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Ella June Wolf on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Shell Point Village in Fort Myers, FL. She was 94 yrs old.
Born in South Dakota on August 21, 1926, she worked hard on her parents’ (Ira and Verna Whittaker’s) farm. Deciding to pursue her dream to sing opera in NYC, she studied voice at the Eastman School of Music and then from the Italian retired opera singer Madam Elda Ercole. Putting a temporary hold on her increasingly successful singing career, she lovingly raised her three children, though still singing solos in churches and other venues. After retiring to FL with her husband, Harry, she achieved much praise for her singing with the Suncoast Chorale and later at the Village Church at Shell Point Village.
Ella is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Tammy & Mark Mueller and Wendy & John Petzel; by her grandchildren: Amy Mueller, Andrew Mueller, Joshua Mueller, Carla Mueller, Breanna Mueller, Michael Mueller, Jeremy Petzel and Alyssa Petzel; and her great-grandchild: Gideon Cornelison.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Wolf and son, Barton Whittaker Wolf.
Arrangements are with Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral & Cremation Services.