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Mary Wolke

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Wolke, Mary
Mary Belle (Buell) Wolke 78, of Chandler, Arizona, passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord on July 26, 2015. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Mary spent her youth in the White Mountains of Arizona, attending elementary school in Pinetop, and graduating from McNary High School in 1954. Mary attended Arizona State Teacher's College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1958. Shortly thereafter, she began her lifelong teaching career and met her husband, Roland Wolke. They were married two years later. During their 55 years together, they lived in Wickenburg, Arizona and raised three children: Brenda Coe of Mesa, AZ, Bruce Wolke of Gilbert, AZ, and Debbie Morrison of Franklin, TN. Mary taught elementary school for over 25 years and loved the hundreds of students she had the privilege of teaching in the Tempe, Nadaburg, and Wickenburg School Districts. Upon retiring, Mary and Roland moved to Chandler, AZ to be closer to their family. Mary is preceded by her parents Edward and Alice Buell, and sisters Edith Fenn and Laura Buell. She is survived by her husband, three children, eight grandchildren, brothers Edward, Ted, and John Buell, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed and will always be remembered for her loving spirit, and joyful nature. A memorial service and celebration of Mary's life will be held at Melcher Chapel of the Roses at 43 South Stapley Drive in Mesa, AZ on August 15th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to (www.hov.org) or the . (www.alz.org).Please visit www.MelcherChapelOfRoses.com to share memories or leave condolences.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 9, 2015
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