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Tony Wolfe (Clagett Anthony Wolfe Sr.), 74

May 26, 2010

JAN. 14, 1936-MAY 25, 2010

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Tony Wolfe (Clagett Anthony Wolfe Sr.), 74, of Myersville, died of natural causes in his home of 37 years on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

Born Jan. 14, 1936, in Bethesda, Md., he was the son of the late Harry H. Wolfe Jr. and the late Mary Rose Clagett Wolfe.

In 1964, Tony married Geraldine "Gerry" C. Slezak of Republic, Pa., and they soon began a family in Rockville, Md.

Tony was raised in Bethesda, Md., and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, remaining in touch with many classmates, and in recent years was involved in reunion planning. After graduation, Tony served in the U.S. Army in Germany, from 1954 to 1956.

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Tony began his professional career, in partnership with his father, at Penthouse Dry Cleaning and Laundry in Bethesda. He then enjoyed a career as a Realtor, serving Frederick and Washington counties, and spent his last few decades self-employed in the home-improvement business.

Throughout his life, Tony was profoundly active in the church, and as a community volunteer and youth mentor. A member of Middletown's Holy Family Catholic Community since its founding in 1986, recently Tony was awarded the Archdiocese of Baltimore Medal of Honor for his service in the community. Over the years, Tony's active memberships have included Our Lady of the Valley Knights of Columbus, Myersville Lions Club, Frederick County Board of Education and the National Association of Realtors. Most recently through his BSA membership, Tony has mentored several Boy Scouts through the Eagle Scout rank. He played an integral role in implementation of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry with the Middletown Food Bank, and he was a proud founding committee member of the Myersville Trolley Festival, serving as event emcee for the past several years.

With Holy Family, Tony served on many committees, including the Social Justice Committee; he served as Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharistic and Adult Altar Server; was instrumental in delivering holy communion to the sick and homebound; and through the years mentored many youths, helping them to realize lives as responsible Catholic adults. In 2006, Tony, along with his wife, Gerry, and his eldest son, Anthony, realized his lifelong dream of traveling to Vatican City to receive blessings from the Holy Father.

Tony is survived by his wife, Gerry Wolfe of Myersville; his six children, C. Anthony Wolfe Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Dallastown, Pa., Vincent Wolfe and wife, Sherry, of Frederick, Cecelia Flye and husband, Charles, of Vienna, Va., Timothy Wolfe of Hagerstown, Christopher N. Wolfe and wife, Renee, of Mount Airy, and Rebecca Uppercue and husband, Jason, of Gettysburg, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.

Tony is also survived by five siblings, Harry H. Wolfe III and wife, Mary, of Adamstown, Charles R. "Rick" Wolfe and wife, Rosemary, of Frederick, David B. Wolfe and wife, Linda, of Reston, Va., Rosemary Stewart and husband, Charles, of Middletown, and Walter J. Wolfe and wife, Thea, of Hyattstown.

He was preceded in death by sister, Cecelia Ann Wolfe, and brother, Milton Eugene Wolfe, during childhood; and by nieces, Megan Wolfe and Debbie Wolfe Bradley.

Family will receive friends Thursday, May 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Community (HFCC), 7321 Burkittsville Road, Middletown, during which the Knights of Columbus will lead the rosary at 5:30 p.m. and a wake service will take place at 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 28, at 1 p.m. at HFCC. Following the internment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick, family and friends will return to HFCC for a celebration reception.

Funeral services are managed by Ricketts Funeral Home, Myersville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tony's memory to Holy Family Catholic Community Building Fund, Middletown Food Bank or to Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council (http://www.boyscouts-ncac.org).

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