Tobey H. Wolken
May 19, 2020

TOBEY H. WOLKEN: A life-long Pittsburgher, Tobey Holstein Wolken died on May 19, 2020, a month shy of her 91st birthday. Tobey was a fiber artist, and an active member of the Fiberarts Guild and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. In her early 50’s, Tobey started quilting and using her sewing machine to embroider onto fabric. Her inspiration was nature, especially that of Woods Hole, Cape Cod where she spent many summers with her husband, the late Jerome J. Wolken. Tobey loved reading mysteries, cooking elaborate meals, tending to her garden, and delighting people with a subtle joke and a full body wink. Tobey’s family thanks Ahava at JAA for the incredible care and love that they provided to her and our family over the past year. Tobey Wolken is survived by her daughter Johanna Zorn and husband Eric Zorn, son Erik Wolken and partner Rachel Winters, step-daughter Ann Alexandra Wolken, grandchildren Alex, Ben and Annie Zorn, Cassandra Wolken McGrath and Sarah Frederickson Wolken. She outlived her sisters Harriet Holstein and Dorothy Unitan, husband Jerome J. Wolken, and step-son Jonathan Wolken. Services and Interment Private. All gifts in Tobey's name should be made to the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 9211, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated.


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I knew Tobey for many years through the Fiberarts Guild. She will be remembered as an active and enthusiastic member. She will be missed.

By Arden Solomon - May 26, 2020

Dear Johanna, Eric and Ann - reaching out to you and your families with love and support. My memories of Tobey stretch back first to the years when Johanna and I were kids in elementary school, and then when we were slightly older kids in high school. In them all, she's a smiling, positive, steady presence. In her later years, we'd run into each other at the local grocery stores and would stop to catch up - she was always an inspiring example of independence, determination, grit and graciousness. Much more recently, we often chatted when I was at Ahava to visit dad. She shared her compassion for fellow residents, interest in the goings-on of the world, enthusiasm for the books she was reading, gratitude for the people who helped care for her, and love for her family. She graced us all with her positive, independent, compassionate and gracious nature, and we miss her presence in the world. Joining you in mourning her loss...

By Lella Lombardi - May 26, 2020

Johanna and family, please accept my sincere condolences and sympathies at this time. So sorry to hear this news. I send you my prayers and love and hope you are able to find happy and joyous moments you had with Tobey to keep her memories fresh in your mind. All my love, Anne

By Anne Goldhammer Moore - May 24, 2020