MARION HEIGHTS — Before his passing at his home on Sept. 26, 2012, Roger Allen Wolfgang created a 65-year memory trail filled with laughter, compassion, generosity and uncanny wisdom. It is now his legacy left behind to comfort all those whose lives he touched.
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The world became a better place in the town of Lavelle on April 2, 1947. He was the oldest of three children born to the late Allen and Joyce (Lunn) Wolfgang. He graduated in 1965 from Mount Carmel Area High School and then worked at Cardinal Container for 32 years until his retirement in 1996.
He was a member of the Kulpmont Senior Citizens where he looked forward to playing cards with his friends. He was a former director and member of the West End Fire Company, Kulpmont Lions Club and a life member of the Marion Heights Fire Company.
He was a proud coach for many years of the Marion Heights Reds Little League, Clover Hose Teener League and Saint Casimir CYO basketball teams, and created lifelong memories for all of us who hung our legs out the side door of his big red van going to and from the games. He created a home that was open to friends, family, children and neighbors that was filled with love and laughter.
His favorite things to do were watching the Phillies or Eagles games on TV, bragging about his children and grandchildren, eating, sleeping and trying to remember the next punch line of a story or joke. One of his best memories was going to see Penn State in the Rose Bowl with his lifelong friend and favorite Irishman, Fred Edmondson.
An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed spending time in the place he loved so dearly, Haunted Waters.
Despite failing health, it was there that he found peace in the most simple pleasures in life, the warmth of a campfire, the company of his family, friends and the shared laughter of his much repeated jokes.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol (Matzura), a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Cindy Wolfgang, of Mount Wolf, and their sons, Drew and Wade; a daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Dennis Avellino, of Marion Heights, and their children, Nellie, Caity and Matt; a brother, Terrence (Bells) Wolfgang, of Helfenstein; a sister, Sandy LaMonica, of Elysburg; his mother-in-law, Teresa Matzura, of Kulpmont; his grandmother-in-law, Violet Feudale, of Marion Heights; his buddy, Pao, and his two beloved cats, Emma and Boots.
He will be remembered dearly for the things in life that meant the most to him, being a husband, father, grandfather and friend. and making sure everyone who ever knew him has a "Rog story" to tell.
WOLFGANG — Roger Wolfgang, 65, of 553 E. Melrose Street, Marion Heights. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ Evangelical Congregational Church, 362 Main St., Lavelle, with the Rev. Michael Eck officiating. Burial will be in Citizen's Cemetery, Lavelle. Viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the C.J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 1053 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, C.J. Lucas, supervisor, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Monday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Christ Evangelical Congregational Church, 362 Main St., Lavelle, PA 17943. To send condolences to the family, go to www.cjlucasfuneralhome.com.
C. J. Lucas Funeral Home, Inc.
1053 Chestnut Street Kulpmont, PA 17834
Published in The News Item from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2012