Margery Stern Wolf, 95, community volunteer

Margery S. Wolf
Margery S. Wolf
Posted: November 14, 2013

Margery Stern Wolf, 95, of Huntingdon Valley, a community worker and arts program creator, died Monday, Nov. 4, of dementia at her home.

Mrs. Wolf was a volunteer worker for various community groups and agencies. She spent 20 years as a trustee for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, chaired the United Way's campaign in Montgomery and Chester Counties, was president of Jenkintown Day Nursery in the mid-1970s, and was a board member for the Jewish Y's and Centers.

While with the Y's, she endowed and curated the Fred Wolf Jr. Gallery at the Klein Jewish Community Center in Northeast Philadelphia. The show was to honor her late husband and to give viewers the chance to see art from along the eastern seaboard.

She was a board member of the National Council of Jewish Women and was invited to the White House in 1963 as part of a group advising President John F. Kennedy. She also was on the boards of the Federation of Jewish Agencies and the Rebecca Gratz Club.

But her signature achievement was "Organized in Philadelphia Art Within Touch" - a traveling program that let inner-city students see and touch works of art. She chose 24 sculptures that she stored at home, transported in her car, and set up at schools.

"She asked the children to close their eyes and feel the statue and describe it. These were kids whose experiences were limited to their block. She was saying: 'There's a big world out there, you have to grab hold of it,' " said her son, John.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Elkins Park, she graduated from Oak Lane Country Day School in 1933 and Goucher College in 1937. She lived in Wyncote before moving to Huntingdon Valley.

Her home was always decorated with bouquets made from the flowers she grew, and her summertime table featured the fruits of her garden.

"Our mother was beautiful. She had a wonderful smile, and she always dressed immaculately, whether going to the Orchestra Ball . . . or tending the gardens she loved," her family said.

An enthusiastic golfer, she was proud of her two holes-in-one. She traveled extensively and took photographs to share with others.

Besides her son, she is survived by another son, Fred Wolf III; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She married Fred Wolf Jr. in 1940; he died in 1974.

Services already have occurred.

Contributions may be made to the Jenkintown Day Nursery, 796 Baeder Rd., Jenkintown, Pa. 19046, or via


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