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Charlotte Sutfin Wolf

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CHARLOTTE SUTFIN WOLF

Charlotte Sutfin Wolf, surrounded by her family, departed this world from her home in Richfield on December 23, 2007. Charlotte was born in 1919 to Grace Houghton and Omar Sutfin, descendants of pioneer Tehama County families. An accomplished athlete all her life, Charlotte played field hockey, basketball, softball, and golf. She attended San Jose State College and graduated with a teaching credential in Physical education from Chico State. It was at Chico State that Charlotte met the love of her life, Sam Wolf. She taught at John Swett High School in Crockett and Richfield Elementary before joining the faculty of Corning Union High School in 1957.

Long before Title Nine law established the rights of girls and women to equal access to athletic teams, Charlotte volunteered her time to establish GAA, The Girl's Athletic Association at CUHS. She coached scores of girl's team sports for all the years she taught. She also mentored many young physical education teachers. For these accomplishments in 1989 she was inducted into the Chico State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Charlotte initiated the first big homecoming and parade in Corning. The CUHS Homecoming, which she chaired for 26 years, has continued to be an annual event largely because of her efforts. Despite Charlotte's busy career as a teacher, she found time to be active as a rancher, in the California Woolgrower's Association and the Tehama County Bo Peeps. She helped plan and execute many Lamb Field Days and "Make-it-Yourself with Wool" contests. During the summer Charlotte transformed into "The Peach Lady" selling fresh and dried Elberta Fay peaches to many generations of peach lovers. After her retirement from teaching in 1971, Charlotte could be found most days at the Wilcox Oaks Golf Course, over the years winning several club championships.

Charlotte was an active member in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Catholic Ladies Guild, March of Dimes, and the American Lung Association. Charlotte was also awarded the Woman of the Year award for achievement from the Corning Business and Professional Women's Organization. Charlotte loved to have fun. She was a party-giver and event planner extraordinaire. She hosted hundreds of barbeques, weddings, and big family gatherings. In this role she will be missed by her family, especially her many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death in March 2007 by Sam Wolf, her loving husband of 64 years. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Terrie Wolf of Richfield, who tenderly cared for Sam and Charlotte in their final years. She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Todd Keeler-Wolf of Oakland; grandchildren Bill Torres, Nicole Torres Lee, Evan, Asa, and Dana Keeler-Wolf and great-grandchildren, Chelsey, David, and Chad.

Please honor her memory by contributing to Heifer International (www.heifer.org), the Corning Union High School Scholarship Fund or St. Elizabeth's Hospice.

Her family wishes to thank the wonderful women who helped with her care. Linda Holverstott, Sheryl Sutfin, Lovette Fox, and Christine Tainter.

A Memorial Service and barbeque celebrating Charlotte's life will, be held at the Wolf Ranch in Richfield on May 3, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Hall Bros Corning Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 9, 2008
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