Wolfgang Joseph Poltash
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A 57 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2010 in Redondo Beach. Born in Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, Wolfgang was 59 when he died. Wolfgang was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hawthorne. Wolfgang (Wolfie) graduated from Hawthorne High in 1969 and attended El Camino College. His passion for travel soared when he was hired by Luftahansa German Airlines in 1976 as a cargo agent. He retired from Luftahansa in 2004 and continued to work for Swissport until his death. Wolfie has been a member of two vintage aircraft operators in Europe and enjoyed countless trips across the Atlantic. He was an avid reader and enjoyed mysteries and tales of Old Europe. Wolfgang is survived by his father, Joseph Poltash of Hawthorne, CA; and his brother, Roland Poltash of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ingeborg Poltash. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday, March 24 from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Services will be private. Please go to the mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, obtain directions to services, and check back to view the online video tribute.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 23, 2010.
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April 20, 2010

You are missed! Think of you often!
Staci Calkins
April 2, 2010
To all of Wolfie's family and friends (many of you are my friends), I'm in shock as I'm sure many others are. Wolfie had been my friend all the way back to 7th. grade. We had a lot of fun times growing up! He was always Mister Cool in his own special way and an honest, fun and special friend. I am thankful that I was able to see and talk with him at our reunion this past summer as I hadn't seen him for about 30 years. Even so, memories from such a good old friend are never lost and can be remembered vividly with a smile! My heart goes out to all. Mike Winter (Chip) Kalispell, Montana
Mike Winter
April 2, 2010
Since I heard in the evening of the day before yesterday of Wolfie's unexpected death, I am deeply distressed, because I lost a true, close friend, who was helpful and reliable at any time. Nearly 30 years, we had regular long-distance phone conversations, in which we could talk for hours about anything we had experienced during the last time, for example the books we had just read and our common empathy for every kind of animal.

It will hardly be a day when I will not miss my dear, good friend, who will always be deep in my mind. The good memories of him will accompany me to the end of my life and with each candle, which I will light in the future, I will think of him, as I have previously done on his request for his mother.

My sincere condolences to Joseph (my thoughts and prayers are especially with you) and Roland Poltash.

I am convinced that Wolfie's immortal soul is now with his mother.
Margit Stark
March 31, 2010
Mr. Poltash, Roland, and family,

Wolfie, Larry, and I were the best of friends growing up in Hawthorne. Many times my memory has handed me back the joy we experienced in those carefree days. Wolfie and I used to get a lunch pass at Ramona Elementary and eat lunch at Rocco's with his mother, a special lady. I pray that God gives you strength and grace during this difficult time.
Thomas Engel
March 29, 2010
God Bless you Wolfgang,
You were a great colleague and wonderful friend. You will never be forgotten. I am so glad I knew you. Rest in peace my friend!
Tom Geissler
March 28, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
francisco ramirez
March 27, 2010
I just heard the news. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. I am only a phone call away.
Jeniece Wolter
March 27, 2010
The news was a shock. Wolfie will be missed. He was a trip to be with. Will always remember our trip to Australia. My heart and prayers are with you. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you two.
Donald Kruse
March 26, 2010
I'm so saddened by the news of Wolfie's death and so regret not having kept in touch. He was truly a good person and my best friend. He will always be my best friend.
Mark Morrow
March 26, 2010
Joe and Roland.....I know this is a tough time for you now. Wolfie was a great friend and an even better brother and son. I will miss him more for the memories he left with me than the time missed these last years. I always enjoyed his company and thought of him often, as I did all the Poltash family. When you can, please contact me Roland.
Your friend always,
Jim Armour
James Armour
March 26, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Michael Kratz
March 25, 2010
We are so sorry to hear about Wolfie's passing. We all have very special memories of Wolfie that we can keep close to our hearts at this sad time. Wolfie made high school fun, and I will always remember his smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Poltash family.
Curt & Cathy (Gumtz) Satter
March 25, 2010
I (a '67 graduate of HHS) was an acquaintance of Wolfie's ...but he was the type of guy who made even an acquaintance feel like an old friend...a GENUINELY outstanding human being! My very best wishes and condolences to his family
James Gibson
March 25, 2010
Wolfie was a joy to know and I think back fondly to the fun times we shared in Chicago. I loved hearing from Roland all the stories of both their shared and Wolfie's individual traveling exploits (a day trip to the Vancouver Olympics just a few weeks ago!). His unexpected passing this week is heartbreaking.

My prayers go out to Roland and his dad on this difficult day. I am sorry I couldn't be there in person but am there in spirit now and for you in the future.
Renee Burton
March 24, 2010
Dear Poltash Family,

Wolfie will be missed! May God continue to Bless you with His and Wolfie's warmth and comfort.
Thomas, Pamela, and Tracie Suess
March 24, 2010
I am very sorry for your loss of Wolfie. I received the news from my sister, Melanie Rouse Andrews.
A contemporary from the great days of Hawthorne High,
Cathy Rouse Henley
March 24, 2010
I knew Wolfie in high school. He greeted you with a smile and a kind word. A confident man. I always looked forward to spending time with him at each of our class reunions, and, yes, he always greeted me with a smile and kind words. I have many fond memories of this dear and precious friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest, dear friend.
Donna (Van Douris) Gohr
Donna Gohr
March 24, 2010
Wolfie, you will be missed. I remember my first encounter with you. You literally cracked me up and told me I had better keep my butt out of senior square, all the while with a big smile on your face. RIP my friend
Richard Steward
March 24, 2010
I remember when 50 cents would full up Wofie's VW. He would pick me up and take me to HHS each morning. Although it was out of his way, he would always be on time at my house greeting me with a big smile. His smile enlighten my day. I feel truely blessed that I was able to share old memeories with him at the last HHS reunion. After all the the years passing he still had that wonderfull smile that still enlighten me. I'll never forget the good times we had and his perpetual smile of friendship.
March 24, 2010
I was so shocked to hear about Wolfie. We all just spent time with him at the reunion and he was his sweet wonderful self. I will miss his smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Wolfie is in heaven with God and his mom. He will be missed. Renee Risher
Renee Risher
March 24, 2010
I am so sorry to here of Wolfie's passing. We went to high school together and at one time I had a crush on him but I don't know if he knew. My condoleneces go out to his family. Rest in Peace my friend.
Pauline (Spencer) Matthew
March 24, 2010
Wolfie and I were raised together as toddlers. Then mothers drifted apart and saw each other in High School. At the reunions we always had a good laugh about taking baths together. We were probably three!!!! At the last reunion in August we probably had the longest talk about our families, his mom, work . He was such a nice guy and will always have fond memories of him.
My condoleneces to the Poltash Family, he always spoke kind words of his family.
Debbie (Reid) Elliott, Hawthorne, CA
March 24, 2010
.......... Wolfie ..... Spread your wings and fly brother ! .....
It 's been an honor to have known such a good man !
My time spent with him in high school will be a wonderful memory ! Especialy football ...... Jim Federico (Frederick)
Jim Federico
March 24, 2010
I was so shocked to here of Wolfie's passing. Last week I drove by good old Ramona School and had my usual rush of warm memories about a very pleasant childhood and the good times we all had before the world got jaded. I thought how all us guys would play football on the school field after a hard rain and all be covered with mud. I remembered how if Wolfie got the ball no one could catch him, man he was fast. I feel blessed to have been his friend from Kindergarten through Hawthorne High. May our Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary comfort friends and family during this time of trial and loss. We all love you Wolfie.

David Risher - Torrance
David Risher
March 23, 2010
Wolfie was a real nice person, it was a pleasure and honor to know him, my deepest condolences to his family
wilhelm schimko
March 23, 2010
I went to school with Wolfie and played football with him at Hawthorne High .... We graduated together in 1969 .... He was such a good person ! and Im so very sad to hear of his loss .......... Even thou i haven't seen him in a long time .... But its strange how he was always in my thoughts ....
I know he is in peace ...... Adios mi amigo ..... Jim Frederick .... Hanalei Hi ..............
Jim Frederick
March 23, 2010
Wolfie was a very dear high school friend and the kindest person that anyone could ever know. See you in heaven my friend and we can talk about the good ole days again.
Paul Wieber
March 23, 2010
With heavy hearts we sat and recollected our long relationship with Wolfie – thankfully a recent lunch at Redondo Pier, our erratic yet always personable long distance conversations and meetings, and yes, all the way back to his wonderful New Year’s Eve parties . We will always remember how comfortable he was in his joie de vivre and how graceful he was with his quick wit. Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole Poltash family, who has been so kind to us over all these years.
Margo and Scott Krauza
March 23, 2010
I am so sad. I have known Wolfie since Ramona Elementary School and have so many fond memories. My prayers are with his family. He was a special person whom I will never forget.
Christy Higgins
March 23, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
Robin Hunter
March 23, 2010
I met Wolfie in a kindergarten classroom at Ramona Elementary School. I guess you could say he was my first boyfriend. I don't think I've ever met a nicer, kinder man. My heart goes out to him on his journey and to his family in their sorrow. Elizabeth (Estrada) Aleccia
Elizabeth Aleccia
March 23, 2010
Words can not express the sorrow I'm feeling for the loss of my good friend Wolfie. I know you're in heaven with your mother, whom you loved and missed. I'll miss our lunches and rides along the beach. My prayers are with your dad and brother.
Valerie Hardison
March 23, 2010
Sometimes there are just no words... Wishing the Poltash family peace and love at this difficult time.
Anita Harmon-Bell
March 23, 2010
I was very lucky to have called Wolfie my friend since high school....He will be very missed........Gary Catallo (Moreno Valley, Ca)
March 23, 2010
Wolfie was a gental soul and a friend to all. He will be missed, god rest his beautiful soul.
Marna Smeltzer
March 23, 2010
my family and i are very sorry to hear for the loss of Wolfie. We have been long time neighbors for what seems like years we were more than neighbors we were family there wasnt a day that went by that he didnt watch over my home and my three girls especially my youngest christy he took everywhere with him from going to eat or to catalina for an ice cream the neighborhood will not be the same without his smile or his stories of his trips and i will never forget all he meant to us. love Sue Gibbish-Anderson and Lynn Anderson
sue gibbish-anderson
March 23, 2010
i was very lucky to have you in my life and u never missed any special day that came in my life thank you
christy gibbish
March 23, 2010
we will miss you dearly you were more than a neighbor you were part of our family
sue and lynn anderson
March 23, 2010
my family and i are very sorry to hear for the loss of Wolfie. We have been long time neighbors for what seems like years we were more than neighbors we were family there wasnt a day that went by that he didnt watch over my home and my three girls especially my youngest christy he took everywhere with him from going to eat or to catalina for an ice cream the neighborhood will not be the same without his smile or his stories of his trips and i will never forget all he meant to us. love Sue Gibbish-Anderson and Lynn Anderson
sue gibbish
March 23, 2010
I'm so glad that I was able to see Wolfie recently at a class reunion. He and my husband, Jim, were sharing some of their past stories that they always seemed to enjoy! As always Wolfie was warm and friendly.
Katrina Doersam
March 23, 2010
To Joe and Roland Poltash.
Our heart felt condolences on the loss of your son and brother Wolfie.
May GOD comfort you on your grief.

Your neighbors on Eucalyptus Ave.Ralph, Nora, Molly and Mike. Ida, Dan and Christine, Noreen, and Norb Huber and your neighbors of the Ramona Tract of Hawthorne.
ralph kussner
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