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9/2/2010 11:33:00 AM - Warsaw Times Union Newspaper

Reverend Monsignor James J. Wolf

     Reverend Monsignor James J. Wolf, 70, of Sacred Heart Parish, Warsaw, died Aug. 31, 2010 at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis.
     He was born Jan. 21, 1940, in Fort Wayne, to Walter J. and Esther B. Busch Wolf.
     He was educated at St. Jude Grade School and Central Catholic High School of Fort Wayne.  He graduated from St. Joseph College of Rennselaer and Resurrection College of Kitchener of Ontario, Canada, and Mount Saint Mary Seminary of Cincinnati, Ohio.
     On May 31, 1959, he was ordained into the priesthood by Bishop Leo A. Pursley at St. Jude Church in Fort Wayne.
     He faithfully served the church in the following assignments for more than 40 years: July 1, 1969, he was appointed assistant to St. Matthew Cathedral of South Bend; July 2, 1973, he was appointed assistant to St. Mary Church of Decatur; July 5, 1977, he was appointed chaplain of St. Joseph High School of South Bend; July 7, 1980, he was appointed consultor to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend; May 23, 1982, he was reappointed to the Committee for Retired Clergy; April 15, 1986, he was appointed co-vicar general, co-chancellor for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and appointed co-rector of the Cathedral of Fort Wayne; Dec. 8, 1988, he was reappointed to Board of Consultors for a term of five years; May 4, 1994, he was reappointed to Board of Consultors for a term of five years; July 15, 1995, he was appointed by The Holy See as chaplain for His Holiness (Monsignor); Sept. 5, 2000, he was appointed pastor, Sacred Heart Church; Jan. 1, 2001, he was reappointed to Board of Consultants; Sept. 1, 2003, he was appointed episcopal vicar for Region C for a three-year term.
     He is survived by two sisters, Mary (and spouse Michael) Barnes, Fort Wayne, and Carolyn Grogg, Oxnard, Calif.; 16 nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and nephews; and a great-great-niece.
     Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrating the funeral mass and Bishop John M. D'Arcy delivering the message. Burial will be at Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
     Calling is 2 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior Tuesday to the service.  There will be a rosary service at 4:45 p.m. and an evening prayer vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
     McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw is in charge of the arrangements.


     Memorials to Sacred Heart Elementary School Tuition Endowment, 125 N. Harrison St., Warsaw, IN 46580 or IU Simon Cancer Center, 533 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5116.
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