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MISSOULA – Eleanor (Elli) Wolf passed away Sunday morning, May 9, 2010.

She died of natural causes after many years of illness. She was born on April 16, 1934, in Columbus, Ohio, to Clarence (Pete) Brown and Mary A. Brown. She attended St. Peters grade school, a school which her grandfather helped to build. She graduated from Holy Family High School in Columbus in 1952. She married Robert Wolf, the love of her life, in 1954 after a four year courtship. They moved to Colorado in 1963 and to Montana in 1968 settling in Kalispell. Elli worked as a secretary until they moved to Thompson Falls in 1974. There she was secretary to the superintendent of schools. She was one of the first EMTs in Sanders County and helped to form what is now the Thompson Falls Ambulance Service. After moving to Hamilton in 1979, she worked as office manager for the Bitterroot Irrigation Company. She was also active in the Ravalli County Ambulance for nine years.

Eleanor had a loving spirit for life, family and God. Her commitment to the service of her community was only surpassed by the time she shared with her family and friends. She will always be remembered with the sparkle in her eyes that could make the darkest times better. She always brought out the best in those around her and the world is a better place because of knowing her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Mary M. Eing; brother Lawrence Brown; grandson, Specialist James R. Wolf, who died in Iraq and sister-in-law Sally Ann Wolf. She is survived by her husband Bob of 55 years; three sons, Robert (Chris) Wolf of Scottsbluff, Neb., Michael (Karen) Wolf of Post Falls, Idaho,  and Thomas (Patti) Wolf of Lolo; eight grandchildren, David (Jodi – fiancee), Elli Jo, Rachael, Zachary, Michael, Cassidy, Jared (Brittany) and Chantel; two great-grandsons, Tyler and Caleb; many special brothers-in-law, Douglas Wolf (Irene), James Wolf (Kathy), Jeff Wolf (Julie); nephews Eric Wolf, Mark Wolf, Danny Wolf, Sean Eing; nieces Connie Eing, Gina Murray, Lisa Powell; special friend Marlene and many other close friends.

Eleanor’s life will be celebrated by a Mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Aug. 7 (56th anniversary) at 2 p.m. She and Bob were well noted for the proliferation and support of the Red Pin Society.

Memorial contributions can be made in Eleanor’s name to The American Cancer Society.

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