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Malka "Mickey" Wolf

January 29, 1928 May 8, 2021
Malka "Mickey" Wolf
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Malka "Mickey" Wolf had a long standing dream. Above all, she dreamt of being reunited with the love of her life -- Jerry Wolf, her husband of a rollicking good 66 years, five months and 12 days -- and with a sorely missed, predeceased daughter, Jody, gone at 14, just over 50 years ago.

Mickey's most ardent wish loomed large on May 8, 2021, when she died peacefully in her sleep, 93, at White Plains Hospital after a heart attack.

She never feared death, only longed to lie close to Jerry and Jody when her time came. And now she is just where she yearned to be, in a three-part row beneath a shade tree at secluded Glenville Cemetery in Greenwich, Conn. Straight out of central casting, Mickey had performed neat jigs and crooned about her pictured family reunion there regularly since Jerry died, in 2017.

Mickey was a consummate homemaker, painter, sculptor, crafts maker and creator, notably of bold, big-beaded necklaces. Her handiwork adorned giftees everywhere from Manhattan and Dallas to her native Philadelphia and the Osborn in Rye, N.Y., a retirement home for the past six years where her art and necklaces were often on exhibit. She jangled when she padded its halls, sure-footed, sporting trademark chains, beads and charm bracelets.

Fit and sharp-witted, Mickey cut a trim, stylish, impeccably groomed figure while remaining down-to-earth, stout-hearted and a reliable friend to the little guy. She was fiercely independent and dismissive of those who did not live up to her high moral standards. She waved them off as "big messes" -- a knock she'd also apply to herself if she faltered at a task or had blanked on an appointment. Her signature advise to everyone; "Stay Young."

Mickey was graduated with a degree in early childhood education from Penn State University, where she and Jerry had met. They eloped to wed on July 27, 1950, in Elkton, Md. She hosted crackling, extended family gatherings and holiday meals at her tidily kept homes in New Rochelle and later, Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Malka Hoffman was born to Jacob B. Hoffman and Leah Futernick Hoffman on Jan. 29, 1928, in Philadelphia, where she grew up with her inseparable-for-life twin sister Hinda (Hinkie) and their older brother, Zev.

She is survived by a daughter, Jessica of New York, N.Y., and sons, Tim, Rockwall, TX; and Jim, Arlington, VA; and their spouses Hal, Liz and Susie. She had four grandchildren: Spencer, Janpim, Dylan and Danna and two great-grandchildren, Casen and Jayci, with another on the way.

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