Obituary of Elaine Wolf
Colorado philanthropist Elaine Wolf died on October 12. She was 96.
She was born in Denver, Colorado, on July 19, 1927, to Meyer Kagan and Lillian (nee Miroff). She was the beloved partner of Larry Nathan and the wife of the late Melvin Wolf. She was the elder sister of Irma Strear and the beloved mother to the late Mikki Jacobs, Sandy Wolf, and the late Lori Wolf. She is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Robert Gold) Wolf, and grandchildren Joshua (Kristyn) Hume, Kelly (Peter) Hodges, Ashly Wolf, Amie (Greg Barton) Jacobs, and Ken (Amanda) Jacobs; Alanna (Greg) Dayton and Davin Gold, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Elaine was an active and beautiful woman with a heart filled with compassion for her fellow humans. She and her late husband, Melvin Wolf, founded The Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation in 1978, and the foundation continues to bring comfort and care to those in need across Colorado's Front Range to this day. From endowing the University of Colorado at Boulder with a legal fund to provide counsel to endangered children to creating a legacy fund at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science that will give the children educational opportunities they otherwise would not have, Elaine Wolf was passionate about finding creative ways to help Colorado children live their best lives.
Elaine's love of performing arts led to her sponsorship to renovate The Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver, Colorado. She also created the Wolf Theatre Academy to support young performing artists.
Elaine was a woman who was just plain funny. She once walked into her pharmacy to thank them for keeping her alive. When she had one of her heart valves replaced with a pig valve in the early 2000s, she wrote a letter to United Airlines informing them, in case they were wondering, that "yes, finally, pigs really do fly."
Elaine loved to travel. She toured the world with her family and friends and loved experiencing the art and design of different cultures.
Elaine loved eating breakfast with her family. She was always ready to meet up for a cinnamon roll, a cup of coffee, and to chat about their lives.
She will be missed.
Service for Elaine will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 11:45 am, at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St, Denver; interment Emanuel Cemetery; Livestream is available on Feldman Mortuary's YouTube channel.