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Eugene Wolff

Eugene "Gene" Wolff

Sunday, March 12th, 1939 - Sunday, March 28th, 2021
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Obituary

Eugene “Gene” Wolff, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away, Sunday, March 28, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 3:00 P.M. Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Deacon Ed Nickel officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Gene’s name may be made to Central County Senior Center in Berrien Springs or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Gene’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Gene was born March 12, 1939 in Bolimow, Poland to Edward & Lydia Wolff. The family moved to the United States and Gene graduated from Goshen High School, Class of 1958. He attended Lake Michigan College and Gene earned his tool & die certification. On February 10, 1962 he married the former Janet Hunter in Ligonier, Indiana. Gene was employed for nearly forty years as a tool & die maker at Wollin Products in Stevensville, retiring as plant supervisor in 2000.

Gene was a member of the St. Joseph Kickers Club where he played soccer and volunteered his time helping with maintenance. He was very handy and a jack of all trades, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. Gene was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following most of the different sports, but especially his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. NASCAR was his favorite American sport and he enjoyed following Dale Earnhardt Sr. & Dale Jr. Gene was an avid dancer, he knew all of the different steps from country dancing to line dancing to polkas & waltzes. He cherished the time he spent dancing with Janet until the very end.

Gene is survived by his wife Janet; his children Barb Antonucci of Baroda, Brian (Jill) Wolff of Indianapolis, Brook (Justin) Arney of Baroda; nine grandchildren-Brice (Amanda) Wolff, Brad Wolff, Matthew Antonucci, Sarah Antonucci, Emerson Wolff, Grace Antonucci, Sumner Wolff, Maggie Arney & Kaitie Arney; three great-grandchildren-Brianna, Blake & Gabriella; three sisters-Edith (Bruno) Nickel of St. Joseph, Doris (Kurt) Stucky of Syracuse, IN, Rita (Ron) Cox of Lafayette, IN; a brother-in-law Larry Clodfelter of Syracuse, IN; and numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Bruce “Wolffie” Wolff on April 3, 2010 and his sister Christine Clodfelter on January 14, 2018.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 | 3:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 3:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Masks & Social Distancing will be required for both the visitation and services. Memorial donations in Gene's name may be made to Central County Senior Center in Berrien Springs or Caring Circle Hospice.

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Sherry Hunt

Posted at 04:44pm
We were so sad to learn that Gene had passed away. We didn't know until this past Sunday, or we would have come to the visitation and funeral.
We sure miss his smile and upbeat personality.
You need to add helping out at the Soup Kitchen with S.U.M.C. to the long list of ways Gene helped others.
Keeping you all in our prayers.
Jerry & Sherry Hunt
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Ingrid Blechner $ Karen Hurdal From Ontario, Canada

Posted at 02:47pm
Sadness fills our hearts at Gene's passing. We have lost a dear first cousin whose smile and good nature will shine on in our memory of him. We enjoyed many visits whenever we planned a trip to Michigan. Janet, you and your family are in our prayers. Draw strength from all that you were to Gene and all that he was to you.
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Robert Husek

Posted at 03:50pm
Found memories and that wonderful smile--my condolences to the family of Gene--Robert Husek
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JoAnne Smith

Posted at 09:23am
I worked with Gene for 30 years at Wollin Products. He was one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He was always smiling, I don't think I ever saw him in a bad mood, I will always remember the time my vehicle started acting up on my way to work one morning. It was spitting and sputtering and I didn't think I was going to make it up the hill on Glenlord between Cleveland and Red Arrow Hwy. Gene took a look at it, figured out what was wrong, and then on his lunch hour, he picked up the parts needed to fix it and did just that. I never had to ask him. He saw the need and he filled it. And he refused to let me pay him for his help. He made me want to become the kind of person he was. And that is only one example of his kindnesses to so many people. The world is a sadder place with him gone.
 
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Barbara (Wolff) Antonucci Posted at 11:33am

Thank you for sharing that JoAnne. That was my Dad, always willing to help. He could fix anything. Barb (Wolff) Antonucci
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Lou Cantrell

Posted at 08:21pm
What a great loss.. Gene was an outgoing personality, sweet, had a great laugh, and an all round terrific friend. We will always miss him ! All our best to you, Janet. Wish we were home to give you hugs ! You chose a perfect picture, it looks as though he could speak to us. Love you ! Sherry & Lou Cantrell
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