Anton (Tony) Wolf
Anton (Tony) Wolf born February 9th, 1929, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, was one of 7 children of German, Black Sea immigrants. A hard worker and brilliant student, Tony graduated early from high school and worked in his father’s shop to save money to attend college. Before entering college, he joined and served stateside in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Afterwards, the GI Bill allowed him to pursue his dream of a higher education, completing a degree in Electrical Engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee. While there, he met and later married the love of his life, Judy.
In their first five years of marriage, four children were born. Soon after, in the early sixties, Tony, Judy and his young family moved abroad. They lived a life of adventure, spending four memorable years living in France and Sweden. In France, they loved the bakeries, the open-air markets, the museums, and the Sunday afternoon drives. In Sweden, the fifth child was born. Shortly after, they returned to the states, where Tony began working for General Motors in Milwaukee, Judy’s hometown. Then, in the early seventies, General Motors moved Tony and the family from Milwaukee to Santa Barbara, where Tony continued his career. In Santa Barbara, they enjoyed the scenic beauty and the year-around tennis. Tony soon became known as the neighborhood “fix-it man” for his ability and willingness to help his community, not to mention fixing his children’s cars.
Tony and Judy are survived by their children Jeff Wolf (Nancy), John Wolf (Jennifer), Laura Porter, Rob Wolf (Gail) and Kari Pena (Fernando) along with 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He truly loved his family and he thought of himself as the luckiest man alive. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He will be missed.