Stephen Joseph Wolff

stephen wolff
Stephen J. Wolff, aged 55, passed away suddenly Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at home. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville. The family will receive friends at the church at 10 AM preceding the service. Mr. Wolff was born in Covington, Kentucky on December 4, 1957 to the late Raymond and Geraldine Wolff. At the time of his death, Mr. Wolff was a resident of Asheville with his loving wife, Virginia, and three children, a son, Walker Raymond Wolff, and two daughters, Wynter Marie Wolff and Waverly Landers Wolff. His is also survived by two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Wolff-Blom, Mary Therese Schroer and a brother, Walter Paul Wolff, all of Florence, Kentucky. Mr. Wolff graduated from Covington Latin High School and earned his bachelors degrees in Sociology and Philosophy from Northern Kentucky University in 1979. Upon graduating college and marrying the love of his life, Virginia, the two embarked upon adventures that led them to work and live at Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, and Maui, Hawaii. Following the births of their children in Hawaii, the Wolff family moved to Asheville in 2001, making a home in Biltmore Park. Stephen was a loving husband and dedicated father, always active in many sport's leagues, as a soccer referee and working with theatre groups. His free time was spent doting on his three cherished children. Always with a new joke to share with his many friends, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, PO Box 2733, Durham, NC 27715-2733.

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  1. Dear Virginia, Walker, Wynter and Waverly,
    Our hearts go out to you all. Steve was a wonderful person, always willing to help and ready with a smile. God’s blessings to you as you grieve.

  2. Virginia, Walker, Wynter, and Waverly; I am so sorry for your loss. I thank you for sharing Steve with us for 12 wonderful years. I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I think of all of the wonderful memories he provided me and all who knew him. Know that you all are in my prayers.

  3. One of Steve’s greatest gifts to us was the purity of his attention. We all received it, and we all benefited from it. Prayers to the family he loved so much.

  4. Steve, you were a colleague and true friend for over 13 years, always treating everyone you knew with compassion and respect. Your passion toward your team and your customers will be greatly missed. We are all better people for having known you.

  5. Virginia, Walker, Wynter & Waverly –

    So sorry for your loss. Steve was such an incredile person and will be deeply missed by everyone. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this tremendously difficult time.
    Wade, Amy, Kaitlyn & Tanner McElreath

  6. We were very sorry to hear of your loss. Our family members worked for him and he was great. We went to see a play he was in years ago. The play was for kids. Maybe The Ugly Duckling?
    Our prayers go out to your family.
    Marge Utterback

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Steve through work. he was a wonderful person and always had stories to tell about his kids. He was a very proud father. He will be missed.

  8. We are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Steve was such a great man. He touched so many lives

  9. I am stunned and so saddened to read this morning that you have lost your husband and your father. I continued to see Steve at Kinko’s on a regular basis and he always was ready to talk about his family. What a loving person and I can only imagine what pain you all are experiencing. You must know that many, many others will also be missing and remembering Steve.

  10. Our love and thoughts to Steve’s family. We appreciated him so much both as a high school soccer ref and at FedEx Office. Will miss Steve greatly.

  11. My prayers go to the Steve Wolff family as i know he will be dearly missed. I had the pleasure of knowing Steve for the past several years and also working with him thru the Fedex organization. He always had a smile on his face or something funny to tell you. He was a hard worker and all of his customers liked him. You will be missed.

  12. Virginia Lee, Walker, Wynter, and Waverly,
    Just wanted to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  13. Lanier and I love you all so much. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of this wonderful man with the biggest heart and smile. May God give you peace and rest.
    Aunt Joy and Uncle Lanier

  14. We extend our most sincere sympathies to your family at this difficult time of loss. We will continue to pray for you all.
    Brian and Jenny Riker
    (parents of Kyle Riker-NCSSM)

  15. Virginia, Walker, Wynter and Waverly. We are so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. I so enjoyed getting to know Steve and will miss talking to him. Henry James said three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. If this is true Steve really nailed it.
    We are so sorry for your loss.

  17. Walker and family,
    Still in shock that we are writing about this. Steve always had a smile on his face on the soccer field. He liked to joke around but also carried a quiet confidence. God Bless your family, I know he is proud of you. I really enjoyed being around Steve. You are in our prayers.

  18. I was always grateful to Steve for giving me the opportunity to work for him at FedEx and impressed at how he stood by his team. His calm, his humor and his guidance are missed already and I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Mahalo Steve

  19. It was a crushing blow to learn about Steve’s death in the ‘Kentucky Enquirer’ obituaries this morning (2/9/2013)! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. Steve was a good friend, and we will miss him…!!!

  20. Virginia, Walker, Wynter, and Waverly; Therese, Beth and Arkie;
    Our hearts heavy for you and we are thinking of you during this sorrowful time. With All Our Love & Prayers,
    Lisa & Steve McQueary
    Sharon Creamer
    Tomius & Rich Creamer
    David & Karen Creamer

  21. Steve was a very precious part of my life… so many awesome memories that will be alive forever in my heart!
    His sense of humor, intelligence, eyes & smile were so electrifying that he stood out… every walk of life was drawn to him. Steve accepted and loved everyone and my love for him is unconditional. By far Steve was the most patient man I have ever known!

    To his loving wife and my best friend, Virginia, and his amazing children, Walker, Wynter and Waverly, I pray for peace to heal & a poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.
    I am the gentle Autumn’s rain.
    When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry.
    I am not there. I did not die.
    My Spirit is still alive…

    I love you Virginia

  22. Virginia,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was such a wonderful man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Esteban also sends his condolences.

  23. Dearest Virginia,
    We are all devestated by your loss. We love and admire each and everyone of you so very much.
    You are all in our prayers. XO Cynthia, Laura and Conor Thornton

  24. Sara and I send our prayers and condolences for your loss. We had some great times at the Arizona Steak House at the Grand Canyon.

  25. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I have such great memories of Steve, working with him at the El Tovar. Please know I am thinking about you, and sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  27. I almost never read the Ky Enquirer. I was visiting a friend on Saturday and we were talking about family names, when she pointed out Steve’s notice. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you

  28. Deeply saddened on hearing about the passing of Steve. Will always remember Virginia and him coaching our daughter Izzy on the youth basketball team. God bless Virginia, his children and family left to bear his loss.

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