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Martha Jean Wolfe

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Martha Jean Wolfe 1933-2013 Martha Jean Wolfe passed from this life on December 22, 2013, with family by her side in Napa, California. Beloved mother of Carol Karuza of Santa Rosa, California, and Mark Wolfe of Chico, California, adored Nana of Jordan Karuza and Jillian Karuza, and dear "Sis" to Henry E. Wigger and Theodore J. Wigger of Napa. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Sandra Wolfe of Lakeport; her aunt, Eleanor Wigger; her step-grandchildren, Katie, Nicholas, Emily, Jenna and Jamie; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and her forever friends, former husband, William H.H. Wolfe of Lakeport and son-in-law, Scott Karuza of Santa Rosa. Gracious, capable, and loving, she will forever remain an inspiration to her family and to all who knew her. Born on October 30, 1933, to Henry and Mary Wigger and raised in Napa, Martha graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and was married to William Wolfe from 1954 to 1990. She and Bill raised their family in Santa Rosa, Sacramento and Thousand Oaks before settling in Lakeport, where they operated Lakeport Tire Service until 1990. In 1991 she made a part-time move home to Napa, where she ran the family business, Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel, with her brother Ted, up until December 1, 2013. Always calm and steady, Martha was a natural race car driver, though this talent was never fully developed. Of the various sports cars she enjoyed in the 1950s and '60s, her clear favorite was a beautiful Ferrari 330 (2+2, as it was a "family" car) which she piloted with skill and some fancy Italian driving gloves. Later in life, her talent led to her driving the giant "Bookmobile" for the Lake County Library. In her semi-retirement, she cruised through the Panama Canal and to Alaska, where she put a dent in the salmon population. Spain, Mexico, Hawaii, Germany and England were other adventures, as was an unexpectedly solo journey to Turkey. When our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, Martha was on a yacht off the Turkish coast. Positive, highly intelligent, down-to-earth, kind, considerate, trustworthy, and a great conversationalist, Martha was always ready to make the absolute best out of any situation. She was Mother to all she knew and took everyone under her wing. Love with her was clearly a verb and she was always in the right place at the right time when needed by family and friends. If she was there, everything was somehow immediately OK, and there was usually some very good food to go with her comforting presence. Her patience, loyalty and respect for others was legendary. She placed love for her family above all and found her greatest pleasure in time spent with them. She was extremely proud but always modest about all of her daughter Carol's children. Her granddaughters, Jordan and Jillian, were her long-awaited dream come true, and their friends from Saint Rose Catholic School will forever remember her wise words, "Show Your Class and Not Your Sass." Her grand-dogs, Sophie and Charly, already miss her kind and gentle back scratches. The family is ever grateful for the excellent care and support provided to Martha by the many staff at the Queen of the Valley Hospital, Piner's Nursing Home and Napa Valley Hospice Adult Day Services. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel, 623 Coombs Street, Napa, with Graveside Services to take place on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Hartley Cemetery, 2552 Hill Road East, Lakeport. If desired, donations may be made in Martha's memory to Saint Rose Catholic School, 4300 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa, 95403; Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation, 1000 Trancas Street, Napa, 94558; or to Napa Valley Hospice Adult Day Services, 414 South Jefferson Street, Napa, 94559. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.legacy.com
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 6, 2014
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