Jesse W. Wolf

Jesse W. Wolf age 69 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at his residence.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington Nebraska with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be at approximately 2:30 pm at the St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Fairfax, South Dakota. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, AT CHURCH, with a vigil service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Friday. Face masks and social distancing will be required at the funeral and visitation. You may watch a livestream of the service at Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Jim Wolf, Jared Wolf, Jon Wolf, Dave McGregor, Dave Rehnstrom, and Ken Kneifl

Jesse Warren Wolf was born on May 6, 1951 to Dick and Evelyn (Pistulka) Wolf in Wagner, SD. He grew up north of Fairfax, SD and then moved to Atkinson, Nebraska during his sophomore year of high school. Jesse graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Atkinson in 1969. He then attended Mount Marty University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1973. Jesse continued his education in Norfolk, where he received his Master’s degree in Administration. After his schooling, Jesse taught in Mitchell, SD for a semester and then moved to Hartington, where he worked for the rest of his career, except for a six-year period when he served as the President of the Nebraska State Education Association in Lincoln, NE. On June 16, 1989, Jesse married Loxi Laber in Hartington, Nebraska.

Jesse was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was also very active in the senior citizen center in Hartington. He loved to dress up as Santa Claus around Christmas time and give out candy to children. He also enjoyed decorating for Christmas and making cookies and candies for all his nephews and nieces. Jesse enjoyed cooking, traveling with his family, history, and fishing. He passed on his love of fishing by buying all of his nephews lifetime fishing permits for their 16th birthdays. Jesse was a very talented athlete during high school. He was part of the basketball team and was a great runner. He was also an avid bowler and softball player. Jesse and Loxi were very giving people. They donated to multiple non-profit organizations and they set up a scholarship fund for Hartington students. Jesse was also very proud of his Native American Heritage.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Loxi of Hartington; brothers, Jack (Linda) Wolf of Atkinson, NE, Jay Wolf of Lincoln, NE; sisters-in-law, Loy (Dan) Herrboldt of Freeman, SD, Connie (Vern) Handel of San Antonio, TX, Loa (Marty) Arno of Vancouver, WA, Halee (Ron) Ribstein of Spearfish, SD; nephews, Jim (Erin) Wolf, Jared (Amy) Wolf, Jon (Hannah) Wolf; six great nieces, three great-nephews; aunts, Diane Williams, Dorothy Pistulka; and uncle, Don Hausmann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, Joseph Paul; infant sister, Sherry Jean; and Loxi’s parents, Leo and Dalphine Laber.

We hope to have a video tape of the entire funeral mass for Jesse Wolf on this site.

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25 response to "Jesse W. Wolf"

  1. By: Tom & Helen Cleary Posted: February 12, 2021

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to Loxie and her family and to Jesse’s family. Jesse Warren Wolf you were the best classmate and friend a person could ask for. We’ll miss your big smile and your cute chuckle. We know that your family in heaven was excited to welcome you!

  2. By: Karen Kilgarin Posted: February 13, 2021

    My sincere sympathies to Loxie and the family. Jess touched so many lives through his teaching, his leadership, his advocacy for education and his generosity of time and caring. I have so many fun, heartfilled stories of working with Jess and becoming a friend… as many do. That’s Jess. He will be very much missed.

  3. By: Ed and Helene Bottolfsen Posted: February 13, 2021

    Our sympathy to Loxie and family. I remember when Jess moved to Hartington to teach. He left a such an impact on our local school system and later at the State level. Mostly Jess was a dedicated family man.

  4. By: Terry and Ingrid Miller Posted: February 13, 2021

    Loxi, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Jess was/is a wonderful person, so full of joy and peace, such a caring man. You will miss him greatly, but there is comfort in know Jess is in the hands of a loving God, and there is really no better place to be. Loving greetings from your cousins in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in Canada.

  5. By: Mary Buglewicz Duffy Posted: February 13, 2021

    I am so sorry to hear of Jesse’s passing. He was a gifted educator and an outstanding teacher advocate. May the wonderful memories you have of him sustain you. Rest In Peace, Jesse.

  6. By: David Koehler Jr Posted: February 14, 2021

    I still to this day tell people about the time Mr Wolf wanted to see where Sportsman’s Grill was located and we went bopping down those minimum maintenance roads in our drivers ed car to show him.
    He was a fun guy and a good teacher.

  7. By: Robert Beckerbauer Jr Posted: February 14, 2021

    Sorry to hear about Mr Wolf’s passing. I tell my daughters stories about his classes all the time.
    Mr Wolf’s family is in my family’s thought and prayers.

  8. By: Joe, Karen and Danielle Boehmer Posted: February 15, 2021

    Loxi and family, we are deeply sadden to hear of Jess’s passing. He was an amazing educator and a wonderful person to Danielle. His caring, compassion and love of education for all students will be greatly missed.

  9. By: Betty and Dick Mays Posted: February 15, 2021

    We are sad to hear of Jess’s passing. He was a great guy and teacher friend of ours from 40+ years ago. We have many good memories of our times with him. Our hearts and prayers go out to Loxi and all of Jess’s loved ones.

  10. By: Gary G Osborn Posted: February 15, 2021

    I am so sad to hear of the passing of my good friend. My thoughts go out to Loxi and Jess’s family. We lost one of the good ones this week.

  11. By: Patrick J Donovan MD Posted: February 15, 2021

    Loxie and Jack and Jay.
    So sorry to hear about Cousin Jesse passing.
    Many happy memories of playing with my country cousins on Granpas farm and all the tricks you used to play, like riding your dad’s trick donkey and letting loose the pet skunk from his rodeo clown days.
    The Wolf family are all just plain good people..
    Cousin Pat and family

  12. By: Dennis A Lichty Posted: February 15, 2021

    Loxie & Family — Please accept my sincerest sympathy & love, in memory of my friend of many years. I held — & will always hold — Jesse in my deepest affection & esteem. I was shocked & saddened to learn of Jesse’s passing, & I can tell you with honesty that my tribute to Jesse & expression of sympathy to you are among the most difficult words I have ever written. Friends like Jesse Wolfe are rare indeed — teachers & teacher leaders of Jesse’s caliber are even rarer. I am grateful to have known him as my friend, & proud to have known him as my professional colleague, representative, & leader.

  13. By: Leann and Norb Widhalm Posted: February 15, 2021

    There are no words to express our sadness of hearing of the passing of our dear friend Jess. He was the most kind, caring, and giving individual that you could ever know. His love of cooking was evident on our monthly dinner trips to Hartington (before COVID-19). I will never taste his homemade desserts again, but will think of him fondly whenever I eat chocolate cake! You will be missed dear friend.

  14. By: Wanda Kruse Posted: February 15, 2021

    Loxi, so sorry to hear of your loss. Jess was our student teacher our freshman year in the “new” school. He was a great person. He came to our last class reunion and so much fun was had. . He was one of a kind. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. The Kruse Klan Wanda, Duane, Teri, Tyler, Jill and Bridget.

  15. By: sue fulleton Posted: February 16, 2021

    Dear Loxie and family. Such a great loss. Jess was always poised and gracious in every circumstance. He was approachable to the many teachers he represented and humbled by his leadership status. I will always remember is rolling infectious laugh. And of course, the smile. May his memory be for a blessing.

  16. By: Nancy Rose Posted: February 17, 2021

    So sorry to hear this news! It was a daily goal to make Mr. Wolf laugh when he was trying not to (and he wasn’t good at the not laughing part). What an amazing educator… and a lifelong friend. Jess and Loxi were a part of mom’s list of people she was in regular contact with. If anyone shares these messages with Loxi, please give her a hug (or fist bump, these days) from Nancy Rose and family.

  17. By: Jackie Freeman Posted: February 17, 2021

    Loxi and family – my heart goes out to you all with my deepest sympathies. Jess was a wonderful teacher, leader, and human being with the most wonderful smile and welcoming demeanor to anyone he ever came across. I very much enjoyed working with him and his absence from the school building was already felt, but even more so now. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. By: Dr. Craig R. Christiansen, PhD Posted: February 17, 2021

    I had the very good fortune to know Jess Wolf for nearly 40 years. When we ran against each other in 1992 for President of the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA), I won, but by only 4 votes! We started that election as friends and we ended as friends. He was a class act. Absolutely honest in everything he did, he was also absolutely fearless in standing for what he believed was right. At the end of his long career in teaching, Jess and I served as a team: he was NSEA President (2005-2011) and I became NSEA Executive Director. In those years, I came to know just how much he was respected across the state, in the Western Region, and, nationally, in the National Education Association (NEA). Jess was proud of his Sioux heritage and was publicly respectful of that legacy. We sometimes disagreed, but never in public. His father had been a South Dakota state rodeo champion, so, in deference to his father, when we disagreed, one of us would say, “It sounds like the rodeo” and then we would step out of the room and work out our disagreement. I will always count him as a great friend. The teachers of Nebraska have lost a life-long advocate. I will miss him greatly. Peace to Loxi and his family.

  19. By: Jerry Donovan Posted: February 18, 2021

    Loxi, Jack, Linda , Jay and family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss.
    I have read the notes from Jesse’s friends and loved ones and hope that you can take some comfort in the tributes and expressions of their respect, friendship and love.
    Jess will be sorely missed but always remain deeply loved in our hearts and memories. I also will miss his warm smile and distinctive laugh.

  20. By: Peggy Phillips Wohlman Posted: February 18, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Wolfs passing. Prayers to Mrs. Lodi and family. Mr. Wolf was an excellent teacher. He was always available to help me with my work. The memories I have of high school aren’t all good but Mr. Wolf was one of the best memories. Thanks Mr. Wolf for everything you did for me.

  21. By: Tom and Reta Moser Posted: February 18, 2021

    We were deeply saddened to lose Jesse. We will miss his smile and energy at the Senior Center,, his love of plants and over the years his many Christmas lights. He was a devoted teacher and citizen of the community. May God Bless him and help us remember the good times we had with him.

  22. By: Suzie (Olsen) Lane Posted: February 19, 2021

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to Loxie and the rest of the Wolf family. I was lucky enough to have both Jess and Loxie as teachers during my high school years and both of them were wonderful! I absolutely cannot picture Jess (or as I still think of him, Mr. Wolf) without a smile on his face. God bless everyone who loved and cared for him.

  23. By: Larry J. Scherer Posted: February 19, 2021

    The world will be a little less bright without Jess’s smile and booming laugh. I had the privilege of working with Jess at NSEA for a number of years and can’t remember a meeting where Jess did not do something to put a positive spin on the meeting, no matter how serious the discussion. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Wolf family and those he helped in the Hartington community.

  24. By: Alice Hempal Petrik Posted: February 24, 2021

    I taught the 1st & 2nd grades in Fairfax, SD in 1959-1960. The school burned down 2 weeks before school started, I taught in a church basement. I had a Jesse Wolf in the classroom and I am wondering if this that Jesse Wolf. I enjoyed having him for a student, he was a good student and I still remember his big smile. I am happy to read that teaching was his profession. I have several in my family also. My late husband taught at Mt Marty after the Springfield College was closed in 1984.

    My sincere sympathy to Jesse’s family.

    Alice Humpal Petrik

    Springfield, SD

  25. By: Mike Flaherty Posted: February 24, 2021

    Knew Jesse as roommate/classmate at the Mount. I especially recall his leadership of our NSF study of the middle Missouri River the summer of 1971. Jesse was a smart, effective leader of our river study party. Great memories that summer.

    Mike Flaherty

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