The Obit For Fritz Woelfle

Frederick "Fritz" Woelfle, 4/22/2010

Fred “Fritz” Woelfle age 81of Wayne, died on Thursday, April 22, 2010. He was at home, receiving the loving care of his wife at the time of his passing.

He was born in West Brighton, Staten Island and lived there before moving to Pines Lake in Wayne fifty-four years ago.

Fritz received his formal education at Curtis High School in Brighton, Staten Island graduating with the Class of 1946. He then went to Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. He continued his studies at Springfield College and received a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Fritz had a love for baseball and even during his college years he wrote a paper on the evolution of the rules of baseball. He began his career as a professional baseball player in the minor leagues. In 1953 he was fortunate enough to be called up to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was on the field with the likes of Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges, just to name a few. He cherished those memories throughout his life and always maintained a true love for the game. He was loyal to the New York teams and after the Dodgers went to L.A., he became a proud Mets fan.

Fritz was drafted into the US Army and served during the Korean War. After being discharged, he sought a career in manufacturing and began working for the US Rubber Company. From there, he went to C.F. Mueller Macaroni Company in Jersey City where he enjoyed a long and successful career, retiring as an Executive Vice President of the company in 1984.

Fritz was a very hard worker and when he got home from his job he developed more ambition taking pride in keeping a manicured lawn and gardens around his Pines Lake home. He was meticulous and kept everything beautiful around his home.

Fritz was a true family man and bestowed love and kindness on his wife and children. They will always remember him as the ‘best of the best’ husband, father and grandfather. He was affectionate and caring by his very nature. In fact, it was a common sight to see them both at home, side by side in their wheel chairs, holding hands and watching the birds outside their window. Evelyn and Fritz met each other in High School, when Evelyn was just sixteen years old, and it was love at first sight. They celebrated their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary this year and their love for each other is as strong as it was the day they met. Evelyn recalls years of a wonderful and unbelievable marriage to the best man there ever was.

Surviving are his beloved wife Evelyn (nee Mittag) of Wayne, two loving daughters; Nancy Moses and her husband William of Midland Park, and Jane Woodruff and her husband John of Kinnelon, his dear sister; Margaret Duckworth of Virginia, and three grandchildren; Jason Moses of Midland Park, John and Jake Woodruff of Kinnelon. His brother-in-law, Jim Duckworth, predeceased him in 1999.

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 2-6 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne. Services will conclude at 6 PM on Sunday evening with a military honor service at the funeral home.

Those planning an expression of sympathy in Fritz’s memory are asked to consider Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, “For Cancer Research”, P.O. Box 27106, NY, NY 10087.