Joseph Aaron Wolfe
November 12, 2018

Visitation Information

November 15 2018 - 12:15 pm
Friends and family may meet at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside

Funeral Information

November 15 2018 - 1:00 pm
West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4720 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15229

The only bad day Joe Wolfe ever had was Monday, November 12, the day he died peacefully, at age 93, with his family beside him.

Funny, gregarious and charismatic, he was one of the earliest joggers, which probably helped him outlive his father by 30 years, a tennis player and a skier. From 1958 until he retired 10 years ago, he owned Rayco, an upholstery company that was originally an auto seat cover business. But where you were really likely to find him early every morning was at Starbucks, and in the afternoon at the Jewish Community Center, where some called him “the mayor.” He was one of the oldest members in tenure and age. 

As his strength declined, he voluntarily gave up driving, adapted to his infirmities with humor and kindness and treated his caregivers with respect and affection. 

Born September 1, 1925, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, to the late Herman and Edythe Levin Wolfe, Joe was raised in New Castle. During World War !!, in the Navy Officer’s Training program, he studied at Bethany College and the University of Virginia. After his discharge, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Joe is survived by his loved and loving wife of almost 62 years, Toby, his children, Hilary of Chicago and Michael (Raquel Monica) of Oviedo, Spain, and his grandchildren Pablo Miles Wolfe of Oviedo, Sara Lee Wolfe of Mexico City, and Paul Grossinger of New York.

Family and friends are invited to meet at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Thursday, November 15, at 12:15 P.M. to proceed to graveside services at West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation at 1 P.M., and afterwards at Rodef Shalom Temple for a celebration of Joe’s life.

In Joe’s honor, please contribute to the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, 412-521-8010. 

Joe’s family would like to thank Linda Boston and her extraordinarily devoted caregivers for adding immeasurably to Joe’s quality of life.


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Dearest Toby, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will treasure all of the times we spent with you and Joe. He was a larger than life character that will be remembered fondly by all whose lives he touched. With deep sympathy, Pam and Peter

By Pamela and Peter Countouris - November 14, 2018

To Joe's family. We aend our love and condolernces

By Bing and Carol Olbum - November 14, 2018