Otto Wolfgang

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Otto Wolfgang, 58, a former resident of Mount Carmel, passed away June 15 at his residence in New York City.

Born in Fountain Springs at the former Ashland State General Hospital, Dec. 25, 1955, he was a son of Walter Wolfgang, Mount Carmel, and Alice Rehak Wolfgang, California.

He graduated from Edison High School, Huntington Beach, Calif., Class of 1973, and studied at New York University, Class of 1992, receiving a master's degree in urban planning.

His career started with the Frick Collection, a townhouse converted into a museum by the wealthy Frick family in New York City. He went on to be employed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, building the staging for exhibits. He went on to earn a special degree in architecture at the New York Institute of Technology.

Otto was employed for the New York City Department of Design and Construction as a design project manager, Cultural Institutions Program Structures Division, building and designing projects for New York City's Central Park, as well as redesigning correctional facilities in Brooklyn and Queens.

Otto loved to travel and spoke many languages, including Mandarian Chinese. His dream was to move to New Orleans after his retirement to help rebuild the city following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Preceding him in death was a brother, Alex Wolfgang, on March 2, 1989.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are three aunts, Jean Cress, Ruth Wolfgang and Jeanette Wolfgang, all of Mount Carmel; four cousins, Sally and her husband, Erik Tice, Ashland, Carrie, wife of Russ Hummel, Ashland, John Wolfgang and his wife, Maryann, Ashland, and Raymond Wolfgang and his wife, Linda, Mount Carmel; a former wife, Terry Horowitz Holzer, Nevada; many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial funeral service at 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at Christ United Lutheran Church, Airport Road, Ashland. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Kim L. Lengert, pastor. Visitation with family will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held at a later date. Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Republican & Herald on July 28, 2014
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