Rudolf Wohlfarth, age 88, passed away on May 12, 2017. He was the Beloved Husband of the late Lina. He was the Loving Father of Linda and her husband Sal and his son Fred. He was the Cherished Grandfather of Daniel, Rudy, Kristin, and Ferdinand. He was a Dear Brother of the late Gisela. He was a Fond Uncle to many nieces and nephews including Robert Bye.
Rudolf was born to Ferdinand and Lina (nee Zeiher) on June 15, 1928 in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1931 his family emigrated to the U.S where his parents sought a better life for their three children, Rudy, Gisela and Ferdinand. Ferdinand died at 4 ½ years of age of diphtheria.
While he was growing up in Queens, Rudy developed a love of airplanes, which included building model airplanes. He once assembled one so large he could not get it out of the attic where he built it. But anyone who ever knew him would know that probably did not faze him in the least.
After WWII, Rudolf who was too young to serve his country during those years, joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years old. Though he had hopes of seeing the world, that was not to be. He would tell people later on that the one thing he got out of being in the Navy was his tonsils!
In 1949, Rudy was working at a sewing factory where he met the love of his life Pasqualina Colangelo. She was born in the U.S. but in 1931 was brought to Italy. The fact that Lina was born in the U.S and Rudy was not, was not lost on her. Many times she reminded him “I can be President, and you can’t”.
Rudy and Lina were married on Sept. 9, 1951 and lived in South Ozone Park where they raised their two children Linda and Fred. In 1962, Rudy took his family to Italy and Germany to visit their relatives. The memories of that trip he cherished throughout his life, often remarking that he never regretted the expense.
In 1970, he began working as a tool and die maker at the Fresh Kills landfill which was the impetus of making Staten Island his new home. His daughter remembers him telling the collector at the bridge to put a new coat of paint on it each time he paid the toll.
In 1979, his first grandchild Daniel Barbaccia was born to his daughter Linda and her husband Salvatore. In 1997, twins Rudy and Kristin were born to his son Fred and wife Marion and 3 years later they added Ferdinand to their family.
In 1989, Rudy suffered an injury at work and retired. A few years later he and Lina moved to Little Egg Harbor, NJ where they devoted many hours to doing volunteer work. Those days came to an abrupt end when in 2012, Hurricane Sandy badly damaged their home. Before it could be repaired, Lina Suffered a stroke and passed away on April 9, 2013.
Shortly afterwards, Rudy relocated again to Palm Coast, Florida where he lived with his son and his son’s family.
Funeral from the Matthew Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 2508 Victory Boulevard, on Monday, 5/22/17 Departing at 10:00 AM. Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Child R.C. Church at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Brigadier William C. Doyle Veteran’s Cemetery in New Jersey where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved “Easter Lily” Pasqualina. Family and friends may visit on Sunday, 5/21/17 from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Rudy’s easy going spirit, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.