Pa­tri­cia Ann Wolfe, wrote church’s his­tory

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

Pa­tri­cia Ann Sweeney Wolfe, a home­maker who wrote a his­tory of the Go­vans church where she wor­shipped, died of can­cer Sun­day at the Mercy Ridge re­tire­ment com­mu­nity.

The for­mer Cedar­croft res­i­dent was 88.

Born in Bal­ti­more, she was the daugh­ter of John J. Sweeney, a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ar­row beer, and Edna An­der­son Sweeney, a World War II Se­lec­tive Ser­vice worker.

She at­tended Blessed Sacra­ment School and was a1947 grad­u­ate of Tow­son Catholic High School, where she was edi­tor of the school news­pa­per and year­book.

In 1950, she earned a de­gree in jour­nal­ism from the Uni­ver­sity of Bal­ti­more. It was there that she met her fu­ture hus­band, Henry R. Wolfe. He was later an of­fi­cial of the Crown Cen­tral mar­ket­ing depart­ment.

Af­ter rais­ing five sons, Mrs. Wolfe served as a do­cent for the Mary­land His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

She also served as sec­re­tary to the dean of stu­dents and to the coun­sel­ing cen­ter at what is now Notre Dame of Mary­land Uni­ver­sity.

Mrs. Wolfe wrote a com­mem­o­ra­tive book for the125th an­niver­sary of St. Mary of the As­sump­tion Ro­man Catholic Church in Go­vans, where she had been pres­i­dent of the Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion.

She also wrote po­ems for her five sons’ birth­days.

An ac­com­plished cook, Mrs. Wolfe en­joyed mak­ing Mary­land crab soup, Ir­ish soda bread with raisins and but­ter­cream can­dies. She was the sub­ject of 1979 Sun ar­ti­cle that de­tailed her prepa­ra­tion of a fam­ily Thanks­giv­ing meal.

“In a sim­ple white enamel stove, Mrs. Wolfe man­ages to roast a 24-pound turkey, bake a casse­role of ad­di­tional stuff­ing, a potato souf­fle and home­made bread,” the ar­ti­cle said. The story noted that she also made mashed sweet pota­toes, sauer­kraut, corn pud­ding, broc­coli, stewed toma­toes, cran­berry-or­ange rel­ish and sev­eral home­made pies.

Fam­ily mem­bers said she had a say­ing for her sons that de­scribed how they were raised: “We gave you all the same — ev­ery­thing we had.”

A Mass of Chris­tian burial was of­fered Fri­day at St. Mary of the As­sump­tion.

Sur­vivors in­clude her five sons, J. Thomas Wolfe of Bal­ti­more, John Wolfe of Shrews­bury, Pa., Henry R. Wolfe of Glen­moore, Pa., Robert Wolfe of Bal­ti­more and Christo­pher Wolfe of Charlottesville, Va.; a brother, Wil­liam B. Sweeney of Tow­son; eight grand­chil­dren; and five great-grand­chil­dren. Her hus­band of 64 years died in 2015.

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