FREDERICKTOWN — The Rev. Monsignor John V. Wolf, 91, of Fredericktown, passed away Saturday afternoon, Aug. 18, 2012, in the Palliative Care Unit at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Monsignor Wolf was born on a farm in La Rue on Jan. 5, 1921, son of the late Kilian and Clara (Scharf) Wolf. Monsignor Wolf attended La Rue Public Elementary School. He attended high school and then went to Saint Gregory Seminary in Cincinnati for four years. Monsignor Wolf studied Theology at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Norwood, and was ordained a priest on May 19, 1945. Monsignor Wolf served as Assistant Pastor at Saint Joseph Cathedral from September 1945 until 1951. From 1951 to 1953, he studied for a Doctorate in Theology at the Angelicum University in Rome.
After studying in Rome, he taught philosophy to the college seminarians at Saint Charles Seminary from 1953 to 1969. In the Saint Charles High School Department in these same years, he taught English, French and Religion. He also was the Dean of Men in the College Department from 1959 to 1969, when the College Seminary was closed. Monsignor Wolf was assigned as the pastor of Saint Mary of Assumption Church in Lancaster on June 10, 1969, and taught Senior Religion at Fischer Catholic High School from 1971 to 1980. While at Saint Mary of Assumption, he served as priest coordinator on the Catholic High School Drive in 1970 to build Fischer Catholic High School.
In March 1981, Monsignor Wolf was assigned as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Kenton. Monsignor Wolf served on the Diocesan Tribunal from 1953 until 1995, first as Defendor on the Bond, then as Associate Judge in the Court of First Instance, and then as the Judge in Appellate Court. In July 1991, Monsignor Wolf retired from Kenton pastorate. After retirement, he moved to Fredericktown and was still helping with offering Masses in Mount Vernon, Danville, Millersburg, Bolivar and Johnstown.
Monsignor Wolf will be greatly missed by all the people that he had come in contact with through his many years for pastoral work.
Monsignor Wolf is survived by his niece, Mary (John) Scharf; and his close friend and caregiver, Mary King, and her family.
In addition to his parents, Monsignor Wolf was preceded in death by his brothers, Father Anthony Wolf, Benedictine Monk Theodore Wolf, Father Benedict Wolf and Aloysius Wolf; and sisters, Sister Mary Rita, Sister Mary Gaudentia, Sister Teresita, Sister Mercedes and Sister Veronica.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 303 E. High St., Mount Vernon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with the Most Rev. Frederick F. Campbell, Bishop of the Columbus Diocese, as the Celebrant and the Rev. Father Stephen Metzger as the Homilist. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Kenton, with the Rev. Father Anthony Dinovo presiding. The Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. and a Vigil service will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church or for a Mass to be celebrated in Monsignor Wolf’s memory.
Private expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.
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