Oct. 8, 1925 - Dec. 15, 2012|
Madeleine Liebmann Wolf passed away peacefully early Saturday morning Dec. 15, 2012, in Houston, Texas.
Born Oct. 8, 1925, in Berlin, Germany, Madeleine was a true survivor in every sense of the word.
Her survival began in Nazi Germany by having to live hidden as a twelve
year old to escape Hitler's Holocaust; then to escape the ultimate horrors of being sent to safety by her parents, alone to Harrisburg, Pa., to live with her aunt and uncle.
Madeleine was one of the
children brought to safety by HIAS.
She was not to see her parents again until after her marriage and the birth of her first son just
after World War II.
Madeleine's America was a mixture of pleasure and pain. Marrying the
love of her life, Raymond Wolf, in 1944 and having two sons and a daughter were warm, bright beginnings.
Madeleine and Raymond were blessed with sixty years of marriage.
Raising the children and
assisting her husband with his family business was a joy. However, her
survival instincts were put into play time and time again, as she battled illnesses and health issues. Her stubborn will and undeniable stamina got her through those times, conquering some of the ailments and learning to live with the residual effects of the others. She was
not a complainer, at least not in public, as she made the very best of
everything she attempted to do. She was tough outwardly; but if you got
to know her, really know her, she could be a softie too.
Madeleine was very active in Temple Beth-El (Brownsville, Texas) and its
sisterhood. She served as president more than once. She was widely traveled, she proudly saw her three children achieve college degrees, and she was a proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and six great-
grandchildren, who called her "Mimi".
She was also a "card shark". No matter where Madeleine and Raymond lived throughout their marriage, and even after Raymond's death, Madeleine was admired by all of her friends and fellow bridge combatants as a true Master of the game. She could
literally pick up her cards and, with a good partner opposite her at the table, could tell exactly how many tricks they would take and how the game would go, even before one card was played. She was a Bronze
Life Master Player.
She enjoyed life, family, and friends; and even when the going was
tough, she survived. She lived life with the cards she was dealt; and
when the time came, she fought to live until she could fight no more.
Madeleine will be missed by her children: Michael and Cynthia Wolf of
Beaumont, Texas, Paulette and Mel Levine, Richard Wolf and Cindy Jacobson,
and daughter-in-law Barbara Macklin, all of Houston, Texas; her
grandchildren: Natalie and Brett Barth of NY, NY, Sallye and Brent
Wasserstein of Houston, Texas, Marc Wolf of NY, NY, Andrew Levine of
Houston, Texas, Derek Levine, Austin, Texas, Lauren and Case Carstensen and Dana Wolf of Houston, Texas, Robert and Loren Wolf of Dallas, Texas; and her great-grandchildren: Brian and Benjamin Barth, Truman and Ryan
Wasserstein, Aerin and Blair Carstensen.
Madeleine was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Wolf and their granddaughter, Rachel
The funeral service, held Dec. 17, 2012, at Temple Beth El Memorial
Park, 1715 Austin Highway, San Antonio, Texas, was followed by Shiva
Minyan at Village of Tanglewood, 1600 Augusta, Houston, Texas, where
Madeleine had resided.
Additional Shiva Minyans were held Dec. 18
and 19 in the home of Cynthia and Michael Wolf.
Honorary Pallbearers were Mimi's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donations in memory of Madeleine Wolf can be made to Holocaust Museum
Houston, 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004 or to The Hillel at
Texas A&M, 800 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Dec. 23, 2012