DONALD J. WOLFE, 91 ROCKFORD - Donald J. Wolfe, 91, of Rockford died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in St. Anne Center. He was born Nov. 23, 1921, in Hartland, Ill.; the son of Joseph and Mary Jane Wolfe. Graduate of Beloit Memorial High School, Class of 1941 (NHS), graduate of American Technical Society 1942 (HS). Combat Veteran 1942 to 1946. Served in General Patton's Third Army with Eleventh Armored Division, Fire Direction Center, 491st Armored Field Infantry S-3. Communication School at Fort Knox, Ky. Participated in the Battle of the Bulge, Germany, Siegfried Line, Kyle River, first and second advance to the Rhine into Austria. Member of Armored Division Association, Rank of Sergeant, Marksman Medal and Three Bronze stars. Lived in Rockford since 1964, when he married his beloved Sophie Kasputis on July 6, 1964. A very happy marriage for 42 years until her death, July 4, 2006. An accomplished plectrum guitar soloist. He enjoyed playing for fellow GI's while camped in Quonset huts in England. Following the end of the war, Don performed at the Festspielhaus in Salzberg Austria. Returning from overseas, he graduated from Rockford Business College, completing courses in accounting and business law under the auspices of University of Illinois, Veterans program. He held various accounting positions and following retirement concentrated on investments. In the summer he liked to raise tomatoes and keep a beautiful lawn. Survivors include sister, Gerry Chekouras of Plover, Wis.; niece, Susan (Ken) Chekouras of Plover; nephews, David (Joyce) Chekouras of Rosholt, Wis., Carl Chekouras of Stephen Point, Wis., and James (Grace) Kasputis of Rockford; great-niece, Jenica Chekouras of Waukesha, Wis. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in St. Anthony Church, with visitation from 10 a.m. to time of service; the Franciscan Friars will officiate. Burial in Mount Thabor Cemetery, Beloit, Wis. Express online condolences at www.fizgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2013