Joan Colter Wolfson
April 8, 1934 - December 20, 2021

JOAN COLTER WOLFSON: Died on December 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm. She was born to Irving and Anna Colter in Brooklyn on April 8, 1934; attended P.S. 219, Winthrop Jr. High School, and James Madison High, and then left Brooklyn for Brandeis. On June 4, 1955, she married the love of her life, Jerry Wolfson, whom she had met at Camp Boiberik in New York. Their 62 years together until his death in 2017 were full of love – love for her and love she shared with others. Love especially for her family, most important to her. She is survived by her four children and their spouses – Evan (Cheng He), Alison (Patti Perhacs), David (Nancy Roush Wolfson), and Michael, and by her beloved grandchildren (Emily, Ben & Sharmaine, Charlie, and Simon). After raising the kids, Joan earned her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh, then for many years served children, families, and the community at Craig House. Joan built a life and a home full of friends, music, and celebrations, enjoyed travel and conversation, and was always good for a hug, even as in her last years Alzheimers robbed her of much of what made her her. She is already missed. Because of the continuing COVID-19 risks, the funeral and shiva will be family-only. Donations may be made to the Jewish Association on Aging in Joan’s name ( Zei gezunt, Mom. We love you. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. 


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Dear Evan, Alison, David, and Michael, We enjoyed many good times with your Mom and Dad and miss them both so much. Joan was so accomplished and so warm and caring, and loved you all so much (and Eleanor and Franklin too!). We're sorry we aren't able to be with you at this sad time. Fondly, Linda Serody and Alan Meisel

By Alan Meisel and Linda Serody - December 22, 2021

On behalf of our whole family, we want to extend our sincere sympathy on your loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. Your parents will be remembered fondly for many years, by many people, for their important contributions to so many families. In their own modest way, they were major contributors to the betterment of our community. You were lucky to have such great role models in your lives. Leland, Janice, Phillip and Jonathan Schermer

By Leland Schermer - December 22, 2021

David, So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. May her memory be for a blessing.

By sharon wolkin - December 22, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss, David. It is so hard to lose a parent. I didn’t know her but her obituary gave me the vision of a loving and caring woman that, although was shown especially for her family, extended to the people of the world around her. A life well lived! Again my sympathy to you and your family.

By Craig A Shrift - December 21, 2021