October 22,1931 – January 17, 2022
Barbara Wolf was born Barbara Myers on October 22, 1931, in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Her father, Lee, worked in the automotive industry and was a published poet, a deft storyteller and loved to study his Bible. Barbara’s mother was an accomplished pianist and played piano in silent movies before the advent of “talkie” motion pictures.
Barbara attended Withrow High School and the University of Cincinnati. Barbara met her husband Louis F. Wolf Jr. in Biloxi, Mississippi, where Lou was serving in the U.S. Air Force. They fell deeply in love and married within six months. The newlywed couple moved to Burbank after Lou’s military service in 1953, where Lou was one of the pioneering television engineers at KTLA Channel 5.
Barbara and Lou moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1973 with their two sons, Gary and Greg. Barbara had a passion for architecture and worked for architectural firms in Ohio, Florida, and also when she moved to Los Angeles.
Later her career took a new path and she worked as the insurance coordinator and risk manager for California Institute of Technology. She was a member of RIMS, Risk Management Society and URMIA, University Risk Management & Insurance Association. She worked on many prestigious projects with Caltech and JPL during her tenure including the Space Shuttle, and the Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea in Waimea, Hawaii.
Barbara was an amazingly gifted and dedicated mother to her two grateful sons, Gary Wolf (deceased in 2003) and Greg Wolf. She always looked for opportunities to engage her sons with travel, clubs and outdoor activities. She strongly encouraged them to pursue excellence academically, in their faith, music and in sports. She was an inspiring cheerleader and dear friend to both of her sons.
Barbara had boundless energy and had the gift of hospitality. She was a friend to many, engaging frequently and caring for many in her lifetime. She was an avid reader and always keen to learn new information. She enjoyed traveling and music. She was a proud grandmother. Barbara loved to laugh and had sparkling blue eyes that shined with merriment often and was blessed with a contagious optimism and cheerful countenance.
Barbara loved to volunteer and spent time at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, the La Cañada Juniors, PEO and with the Showcase House in Pasadena as a docent. Barbara also served as a deacon as well as in other ministries at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, where she worshiped for more than 50 years. She was also an active member at Descanso Gardens. In her later years, Barbara proudly served on the committee for the Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
In late 2015, Barbara moved to Valencia, California, to be near her family as they cared for her during the last years of her life. She passed into eternity with her Savior on the afternoon of January 17, 2022.
Barbara is survived by her son, Greg and his wife Kathy; Barbara’s three grandchildren, Grant, Zechariah and Chapman; daughter-in-law, Rosalind Wolf; as well as Barbara’s brother, Richard Myers and sister-in-law Aileen Myers of Riverside along with numerous and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at La Cañada Presbyterian Church located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. There will be a dinner reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall-Demarest Building on the church premises. Burial will take place at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills earlier at 1 p.m. on March 18.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Classical Academy, 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Valencia CA. 91355, (661) 296-2601, Attn: Dana Hendrickson. The organization is a classical Christian school educating tomorrow’s young leaders.