In Memory of

Mary Lu Wolf

June 8, 1929 - August 20, 2015
Mary Lu (Schrank) Wolf was born June 8, 1929 in Battle Creek, IA, the daughter of Gertrude 'Gert' (Sexton) and Simon 'Simp' Schrank. She was raised on a farm in Danbury, IA. She graduated from Danbury Public School in 1947, and was a proud member of the cheerleading squad that cheered at the State Basketball Tournament in 1947 when their team defeated Dowling 27-24 in the quarterfinal, and then went on to take 3rd place in the Iowa City Field House, defeating Ottumwa 28-27. Mary Lu married Emmet John Wolf on June 26, 1951 at St. Mary's Church in Danbury. They lived in Remsen for one year, and then moved to Cleghorn, IA, where they farmed and raised their six boys. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Mapleton, LeMars and Cherokee for over 60 years. She inspired, trained, consoled, healed and nurtured--touching so many lives. She passed way at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center on August 20, 2015, at age 86. Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, Jay Emmet Wolf, and a brother, Tom Schrank. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Emmet; her 5 sons: Ron (Virginia) Wolf of Abbeville, LA, Tim (Mary) Wolf of Waukee, IA, Jeff (Keva) Wolf of Cleghorn, IA, Scott (Nancy) Wolf of Rochester, MN, and Pat Wolf (special friend Tina Wallace) of Anthon, IA; 7 grandchildren: Tom and Matt Wolf, sons of Ron Wolf and Dawn Wolf, Peter and Benjamin Wolf, sons of Tim and Mary, Anne and Zachary Wolf, daughter and son of Scott and Nancy, and Kacy Wolf, daughter of Pat; her extended family members at the Cherokee Regional Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Mary Lu Wolf Memorial Nursing Scholarship, in care of Emmet Wolf 4714 I Ave., Cleghorn, IA 51014 Thank you.
Monday, August 24th at 10:30 a.m. Holy Name Catholic Church, Marcus
Father Dan Guenther
Tom Wolf Matt Wolf Peter Wolf Benjamin Wolf Kacy Wolf Anne Wolf Zachary Wolf
2:00 until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, August 23rd at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus. There will be a rosary at the funeral home at 3:00 p.m. The family will be present from 3:00 until 5:00, and a prayer service will follow the visitation at 5:00 p.m.
'How Great Thou Art' 'On Eagle's Wings' 'Be Not Afraid' 'Amazing Grace'
Holy Name Cemetery, Marcus


Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our sincere condolences to the Wolf family. You are in our thoughts and prayers always. Deb and Doug Rowntree”
- Debra A Rowntree
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was so hoping to see Mary Lu at the High School reunion. I went to school with her and was also a Cheerleader with her. My name was Betty Ahlwardt. I am so sorry for your loss. Betty”
- Betty Ahlwardt O'Day
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I can't even begin to tell you how special this lady is to me. She trained me in CCU almost 20 years ago, and am so fortunate to have learned from the best. She was hard on me, and I loved her for that. She had such a wonderful way with people, and took such good care of her patients.
I will never forget her 'retirement' party, even though she worked several more years after that. She was my mentor, my friend, and helped me through some very difficult times in my life. My heartfelt sympathies for your loss. She was a treasure.”
- Jani Solko RN
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Family of Mary Lu,

Here in Oklahoma, we are just hearing of the passing of dear Mary Lu. Of all the dear ones in her family, to the young granddaughter pursuing nursing I would direct these condolences. You were the apple of your grandmother's eye. She was so proud of you and so dearly fond of you that we who are Oklahomans heard of you from her. Especially in conversations grandmother to grandmother she enjoyed sharing her delights in you. With my late mother, Halcyon Heline Botkin, she shared frequently, even long distance. Mary Lu helped look after in their own home in rural Marcus Halcyon's folks, my grandparents, and insisted that 30 years later, she Halcyon get to the hospital pronto back in 2005 when she was trying to maintain independence there and nearly lost her battle to septicemia on the spot. Were it not for Mary Lu, we might not have had an additional nine years of life with Halcyon, my mother, joining us in our home in Tulsa.
So we celebrate the life of your dear Mary Lu: wife, mother, grandmother and multi generational nurse and caregiving consultant. May the love she lavished on so many surround you all now as you gather close her memories to inspire and reinvigorate your own callings in love and service to each other and to your respective communities.
With our deepest condolences and continuing appreciation,
The John and Halcyon Heline Botkin Family”
- Betsy Botkin Griffin
Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Always a smile a laugh and a positive word of encouragement She was an amazing Mother and friend Mary Lu was just very special to a little kid from Quimby She and you are all part of my childhood and I am lucky and blessed to say so Jesse”
- Jesse Escue
Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Emmet, Jeff, Scott, Pat and family,
What a truly lovely lady Mary Lu was! I have had the pleasure of getting to know her over the years and always enjoyed her coming into the office announcing herself as my favorite patient and actually she was one of my favorites. Always happy smiling and a dear heart. I just heard last night of her passing as I was gone moving my daughter to college so I wasn't able to get to the funeral home or the funeral as I would have liked to. I know how difficlut it is to lose one's mother and the hole in your heart that leaves. The glue that holds the family together and of course your biggest fan. God bless and take care of your father 64 years is quite an accomplishment and Mary Lu was so very proud of her family and she truly was a beautiful light everytime I saw her. ”
- Peggy Hinkhouse
Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I always enjoyed working with Mary Lu, she was a favorite of many of us "old timers" as well as many others, she was a very special friend to many.”
- Tom and Corrine Lundell
Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“What an amazing Lady. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Mary Lu was such an awesome nurse and I always enjoyed working with her and she was one of the best!!!My sympathy to you all”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I am deeply saddened to hear the loss of Mary Lu. You are all in my prayers.”
- Sue A. (Staab) Hoesing
Friday, August 21, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“My sincere condolences in this time of grief and reflection. I know Mary was an inspiration to many.”
- John Edge
Friday, August 21, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Prayers to the Wolf family. May you all find peace in this very difficult time. With love, Lynnsey”
- Lynnsey A. Briese
Friday, August 21, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Mom: I know that you know how speical of a person that your were to so many peopel. To be at the hospital and to listen to all of the stories about the people that you sincerly made a difference in so many lives. I cannot image how I could have had a better mother. Mom and Dad will always be my inspiration!!!!!”
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