Harold G. Wolfram Obituary

Harold G. “Bud” Wolfram, 90, of St. Joseph, passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Beacon Hill senior living community in Grand Rapids, MI.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A time of gathering will be held two hours prior from 1-3, also at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place in Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beacon Hill Foundation. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Harold was born on November 29, 1930 to Harold, Sr. and Florence (Pearn) Wolfram in Baltimore, MD. He attended high school at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1948. While there, Harold wrestled, and played ice hockey and lacrosse. Harold then went on to Pennsylvania State College (now Penn State University) where he majored in Industrial Engineering. While at Penn State, he was captain of the lacrosse team and was awarded MVP his senior year. Harold was in the Senior Honors Society Parmi Nous, was president of Phi Kappa Psi and selected for Who’s Who of Penn State. He graduated in 1952 as a lieutenant in the ROTC. Harold met the love of his life, Roseann Monack, his junior year of college, and they were married on May 15, 1953 in Baltimore, MD. Harold honorably served his country in Korea from 1953-54, in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 570th Engineers. Professionally, Harold was employed in Process Engineering and Management by various companies, including Fingerhut Corporation and Stearns Manufacturing Company in St. Cloud, MN, and three plastics companies in western and southern MI. After retiring he worked part time at Ace Hardware in St. Joseph, MI, and for the State of Michigan’s Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program (RETAP). Harold also served as president of the school board of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District in MN during the 1970’s. He and Roseann volunteered as ushers at the Mendel Center in Benton Harbor, MI. Harold loved tending his vegetable garden, boating and taking fishing trips. He also enjoyed bowling, snowmobiling and golf. He played bridge, and was a member of the Twin City Bridge Club in St. Joseph, MI. Most of all, he cherished time spent with his family.

Harold is survived by his children, Lee (Jerry) Pogatshnik, Steven (Mary Lynn) Wolfram, Cheryl (Al Williams) Wolfram and Anthony Wolfram; his grandchildren, Sara (Joel) Hunsley, Adam (Kat) Pogatshnik, Stephanie Koern, Samantha (Eric) Stutz, Jake (Regine) Tighe and Jessica Parent; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold, Sr. and Florence Wolfram; his wife of 63 years, Roseann Wolfram; and his sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Raymond and Ruth “Boots” Fowler. 

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