Joanne Higgins Wolfley
Updated 11:04 am, Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Joanne Higgins Wolfley died in Cleveland, Ohio on May 22. She was 88.
Mrs. Wolfley was born in in Cleveland, Ohio on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Edith; sister of the late James and of Edward and Richard. She was a longtime resident of New Canaan and also of Summit, N.J.; Tokyo, Japan; Birmingham, Mich. and Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Mrs. Wolfley was educated at Scarsdale High School, class of 1941, and Middlebury College, class of 1945) where she met her husband of 66 years, the late Alan Wolfley. who died March 8. The two were married Jan. 6, 1945 and together shared a lifelong love for family, books, socializing and spending their summers at Mrs. Wolfley's family home in Downeast Maine.
Mrs Wolfley was a classic corporate wife who provided the home support and stability necessary for a successful corporate executive. During her years in New Canaan, Mrs. Wolfley was an active member of the United Methodist Church and spent many years singing in the alto section of the church choir and volunteering and managing the church's administrative office. She was also a talented bowler and spent many years atop the women's league at Wee Burn Country Club.
Until her later years, Mrs. Wolfley was also fundamental to operation of her husband's entrepreneurial business activities, managing the office, running the company books and accounts and also hosting and entertaining many business colleagues and friends from around the world. She will be fondly remembered by her family and friends as a genuinely caring and good natured person who was always full of mirth.
Mrs. Wolfley is survived by her three children C. Alan Wolfley (Heidi), Susan W. Baumgartner and E. William Wolfley (Juanita), seven grandchildren Megan (Chris Holton), Alison, Andrew and Laura Wolfley and Tim (Lena), Derek (Kelly) and Lisa Baumgartner and two great-grandchildren, Jack Thomas Holton and Hudson Alan Baumgartner.
A service celebrating Mrs. Wolfley's life will be held at the United Methodist Church of New Canaan at a future date.