Jean Ann Wulf
Feb 11, 1931 – Dec 24, 2016
Preceded in death by parents, John W. and Ann H. (Stecher) Spelic, and brother, John S. Spelic. Survived by son, Douglas John Wulf and wife, Martha and their son, Roy; niece, Candi Skehan and husband, Kevin and their daughter, Breanna; nephew, John S. Spelic and wife, Jin and their daughters, Rachel and Hannah.
Throughout her life, Jean Wulf (née Spelic) was involved with music. From her first job as substitute organist at a roller rink in the early 1940s to her final performance as pianist for the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha in November, 2016, Jean shared her gift of music with others. Her favorite musical style was classical, so when she performed on Arthur Godfrey’s television show in 1954, her selection was Chopin, and the last major piece she taught herself in 2016 was another work by Chopin. Yet, performing for many years as a musician at Omaha-area supper clubs meant that she also built a repertoire of popular music, and playing at Christ the King Church gave her great proficiency with liturgical music. In recent years, as a member of the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha, she further broadened her musical horizons with diverse musical styles, such as works from Dave Brubeck and many others.
Jean had a long involvement with education. Her first significant experience as a teacher was as the host of a local television show in the 1950s in which she taught viewers to play the piano. However, in the 1970s, she embarked on a career as a classroom teacher, earning a Master’s degree in Education. For 27 years, she was an elementary teacher and middle school English teacher with Millard Public Schools. Over the years, she would often encounter her former students who were delighted to see her again and who would tell her what a great influence she had been in their lives.
Jean was independent and self-reliant. Apart from the time she was at Northwestern University in Illinois earning her Bachelor’s degree in Music and in New York City studying piano, Jean lived in Omaha. Nearing her 86th birthday, Jean was in extremely good health in all respects, but was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us due to unforeseen aftereffects of an auto accident that had taken place some months earlier. Peacefully and gracefully, she passed away on Christmas Eve, 2016. Jean Wulf was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was also a great caregiver to the canine companions that she had by her side for many years.
Jean was a caring soul who gave generously to her church and to many charities, including St. Joseph’s Indian School, St. Augustine Indian Mission, Boys Town, Columban Fathers, Cross International, Sienna Francis House Homeless Shelter, Open Door Mission, the Stephen Center Homeless Shelter / Addictive and Recovery Center, St. Jude’s Hospital, the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Nebraska Humane Society, Rescue Me Animal Rescue Network, the Fraternal Order of Police, American Federal Police, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Disabled American Vets. She was a staunch supporter of the sanctity of life and defense of the unborn. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and colleagues.
VISITATION begins Thursday, Jan. 12th at 9am at Christ the King Catholic Church, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10am at the Church. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Endowment Fund of the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha so future musicians can experience the uplifting rewards of playing music; or to Christ the King Catholic Church.