Anna Jane (Rudisill) Wolber, 88

July 07, 2010

SEPT. 18, 1921-JUNE 24, 2010

Anna Jane (Rudisill) Wolber passed away Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Sept. 18, 1921, in Hagerstown, Md., Jane was the only child of the late Kenneth and Ruth Cronise Rudisill.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Paul G.H. Wolber, one month prior.

Jane graduated in 1939 from North Hagerstown High School, one block from her childhood home on North Potomac Street. Jane studied language and was a skilled pianist. Many after-school hours were spent with friends at the famed Valencia, adjacent to the school. After graduation, Jane attended Duke University, receiving a BA in education in 1943. At Duke, Jane took up horsemanship and fencing, was a member of the Chapel Choir, Music Study, the Glee Club and Delta Gamma Sorority, and became an avid (and later expert) bridge player. Returning to her home in Hagerstown, Jane briefly did substitute teaching at the newly built North Hagerstown High, then took employment at Hagerstown County Free Library.


On a blind date at a Fort Ritchie social function, Jane met Lt. Paul G.H. Wolber. A military wedding soon followed on Nov. 25, 1943, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown. The couple took residence in Hagerstown. They parented three children: Gwendolyn Jean Wolber (1947), Gregory James Wolber (1948) and Paula Ann Wolber (1949). In 1952, Jane and family moved to Columbus, Ohio (where Paul attended medical school), but in 1960, the family returned to Jane's hometown and purchased the family home on The Terrace, where they resided for 50 years (1960-2010).

Jane continued her love of bridge throughout her lifetime. She played regularly, teaching beginning bridge and earned points toward the master's level. She also enjoyed reading, piano, bowling and golf. Jane was very active socially and in the community. She was a member of the following organizations: The Women's Club, AAUW, Community Concert, Maryland Symphony, American Contract Bridge League, Trinity Lutheran Church, Woodland Garden Club, Washington County Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, American Association of University Women and Fountain Head Country Club. She also volunteered at Washington County Hospital and the Western Maryland Hospital Center.

Jane is survived by her three children, Gwendolyn Wolber Hattersley, a retired stockbroker, of Smithsburg, Md., Dr. Gregory Wolber, clinical psychologist, of Richmond, Va., and Paula Wolber, retired school counselor, of Hagerstown. She is survived by four grandchildren, Bryan Brown, Wesley Jared Wolber, and Justin and Rebecca Hrabec; and two great-grandchildren, Evan and Jared Brown. She is also survived by two stepgrandchildren, Dr. Denise Hattersley of Chicago, Ill., and Richard D. Hattersley Jr. of Modesto, Calif.

At the request of the deceased, the burial was held privately (June 26) in Rest Haven Cemetery. The immediate family will be greeting guests from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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