Mary Rae Wolf

Mary Rae Wolf

September 3, 1936 – June 3, 2020


Mary Rae (McNamara) Wolf of Omaha passed away peacefully on June 3, 2020.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Cecelia (Bange) McNamara and her husband of 53 years, Joseph Wolf.  They leave behind eleven children: Elizabeth Hanlon, Diane (Bob) Woltemath, Pamela, Charles (Holly), Edward, Loretta, Daniel (Mariesa), Margaret, Andrew (Tricia), Bernadet (David) Braudaway and Theresa (Troy) Troshynski; her 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters Noelle (Don) Johnson, Judy (Gary) Duncan, Bernadet Taylor, Kathleen (Chet) Mullin, Carolyn McNamara (John Wagner).  Numerous nieces and nephews were loved by their Aunt Mary Rae.

She was born in Hartington, NE, September 3, 1936 and moved to Omaha as a child.  She attended Cathedral High School where she met her dear Joe.  Mary Rae was both a Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts leader and was very involved in all other activities in which her children participated.  She served as President of the Mercy High School PTA.  Mary Rae’s longtime involvement with the Firehouse Dinner Theater endeared her to many.  She was active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish and the Field Club Homeowners League where she lived for 47 years.  She was known for her Fourth of July all-night escapades adorning each house in the neighborhood with an American flag so that when the sun came up, the streets were lined with them.  Always a champion of college education for her children she began her own college career when her youngest child was two-years old and earned her Bachelor’s degree from College of Saint Mary in 1983.  Mary Rae was a long-time successful real estate agent with CBS HOME Real Estate from where she retired in 2016.

Memorials preferred to be directed to Music In The Catholic Schools (

Visitation at 4:00 pm and wake service at 7:00pm on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-3900.

Funeral service on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 2110 S. 32nd Ave, Omaha, NE 68105.  Private family burial to follow.

Due to Coronavirus concerns there will not be a luncheon after the funeral.

The visitation, wake service and funeral will be live streamed on the mortuary website for those unable to attend.

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  • Ken Freudenburg Posted June 4, 2020 10:53 am

    I am so saddened to hear that Mary Rae has passed. She and Joe were a phenomenal couple and now they are together again. From maintaining her home, working as a realtor, making time for her family, and on and on, I don’t think the lady ever rested. She always was on the go and had the energy to do it. Mary Rae placed flags in our Field Club yards every July 4th and you never saw her or her family do it. I think they got up super early and did it in the dark. The flags just were magically there. We moved to Council Bluffs years ago and our neighborhood over here does the flags along the curb every 4th of July now and that it due to Mary Rae. She gave us our first 200 flags. I can’t say enough about this grand lady. She was classy! You can rest now Mary Rae, but I have a sneaky feeling that Heaven is gonna have their hands full with you up there. I hope they can keep up! Rest in Peace, Mary Rae!! We love you!

  • Rose Pope Posted June 5, 2020 6:34 am

    My condolences to the family. I know you’ll be having peace that your parents are together again. Take comfort knowing that those tears you shed are memories leaking out of your heart. Prayers and hugs

  • Joseph Wolf Posted June 5, 2020 8:43 am

    The angels just got their newest member. Aunt Mary Rae and uncle Joe are now together again. Dad, ever since the day you told me I was named after your little brother Joe, I felt the love that you wanted me to emulate in my life. Mary Rae, you have been the saint that God put in our world, and along with the multitudes in heaven you watched over and cared for all you touched. Accept my years of joy for I shall never feel a loss now that HE has his arms around you. I love you dearly aunt Mary Rae, may you rest in peace and love eternally. Forever yours, nephew Joseph….

  • joe valenti Posted June 6, 2020 7:18 am

    to the family, I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Mary Rae for many years at HOME and then CBSHOME real estate. one can only say wonderful things about Mary Rae. She always worried me by her working such late hours in the office, like early into am!! I remember one occurrence with Mary Rae when I rode my motorcycle over to the Pacific street office and had my helmet on and sunglasses and she had no idea who I was walking up to her. She was and always be the consummate realtor and was always so upset by the commission adjustments other realtors would make. Bless her in her new life!! Joe Valenti

  • Gary & Judy Duncan Posted June 7, 2020 11:12 am

    May you rest in peace. Love Judy & Gary

  • Benny & Reba Benschhoter & Family Posted June 8, 2020 12:52 pm

    We have so many great memories of the Wolf Family and our children growing up together. What an important role your mom played in our lives in those days. She did many caring things without due thanks! There is no doubt she is collecting her reward for those and thousands of other incidents in her life. We send our sympathy and our prayers to each of you she left behind! There is no doubt she rests in peace!

  • Jerry Gill Posted June 8, 2020 3:42 pm

    So many great times spent at the Wolf home. From nights/shows at the firehouse dinner theater to cooking classes at OPPD. The Wolf house was a second home for me, I am so sorry for your loss, I will miss her so very much.

  • michael p mcelligott Posted June 9, 2020 6:57 am

    My best friend Ed’s Mom has passed away, and I will miss Mrs. Wolf. She was a wonderful person.

  • Noelle McNamara Johnson Posted June 9, 2020 10:28 am

    NOW WE ARE FIVE. Missing you so much, Mary Rae, Love Noelle

  • Scott Thompson Posted June 9, 2020 12:45 pm

    Great family, miss the good old days in Field Club! Condolences to you all..

  • Julia Palzer Posted June 9, 2020 1:26 pm

    Theresa and family – I am truly sorry. She is a legend in our parish and neighborhood. God bless your family! Praise the Lord for creating this lady and her legacy. Praying for you all.

  • Jennifer and Shawn Davis Posted June 9, 2020 1:31 pm

    Dear Cousins, we are thinking of you all. Will remember her kindness and her hard work. 💌

  • Cayla & John Posted June 9, 2020 2:06 pm

    Rest in peace, big sister.

  • Cecelia Smith Posted June 9, 2020 4:33 pm

    Dear Wolf Cousins,
    I was so sad to learn of Mary Rae’s passing. She was a good woman and will now be with Uncle Joe. I have so many fond memories of our gatherings as children: Creature Feature (We didn’t get that in Hastings) and popcorn, seances, sledding, riding bikes on the mountains of Omaha. Your mom was always so good to me. Both of your parents will always have a special place in my heart. My heart goes out to all of you.

  • Pamela (Henn) Sondag Posted June 10, 2020 10:40 am

    My dearest sympathy to all Mary’s family and friends.

  • Claire & Bill Haire Posted June 10, 2020 2:51 pm

    so sorry to hear of Mary Rae’s death. She was so nice to us every time we met her.

  • Dave and Bettie Holmes Posted June 10, 2020 8:24 pm

    So many great memories, part of 4th of July’s…know all the wolf families,,,,, , has wonderful memories,,, miss all of them,,,from Jeans cakes, Clara, Lou, and now they are all together, singing, praising our Lord,,,, Carla working at Benson Williams too…. So sorry for your loss,, hugs

  • Shane Cullin Posted June 10, 2020 10:06 pm

    I only had a handful of encounters with Mary Rae which took place over our time at CBSHome, where we learned of our mutual kinship with my dad, who is her nephew. She had a kind heart and a memorable smile. Rest peacefully Mary Rae.

  • Ronda Motykowski Posted June 11, 2020 6:55 am

    Mary Rae and I connected unexpectedly when I was house hunting. Realized that I taught and coached her grand kids (The Woltemaths). It saddens me that she has passed, but know that she will be having the time of her life with all the angels

  • Les Turnbeaugh Posted June 11, 2020 7:20 pm

    I only met with Mary Rae during the wedding of one of her sons Dan Wolf to Mariesa Martin. I knew at that time that Mary was very accomplished and personable and it was very easy for me to talk and spend a little withQ

  • Rodger & Libby Riley Posted June 12, 2020 10:02 am

    To our dear old neighbors,

    We have been so very conflicted about attending your mother’s funeral. All week long this has consumed our thoughts and prayers. But ultimately, we’ve decided, due to Rodger’s leukemia, we have to stay away from public gatherings. This just breaks our hearts. It truly was our deepest desire to convey our condolences in person.
    This week our thoughts have been filled with memories of all of you. Being your next-door neighbors for 18 years was a very important part of our lives. It was a joy to know Mary Rae and Joe and watch their children grow up.
    Mary Rae was always very good to us and we know that her death will leave a very big hole in your hearts. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and that we love all of you.

    Rodger and Libby

  • Charlene Walsh Posted June 12, 2020 11:37 am

    Kathleen and family: I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear sister. Kathleen, we were classmates at St. Adalbert’s. I now live in Port St. Lucie, FL. I just watched the video funeral which was absolutely beautiful which your sister so deserved. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Friedel Martin Posted June 12, 2020 7:14 pm

    My dearest friend Mary Rae,
    I know the end of your life took you to the great lord and I know you have a lot of work to do from above.
    I will miss our talks and the wonderful conversation about family and loved ones. I love You and your family who have embraced me with so much love and affection and I will miss you.
    Until we meet again all my love, Friedel

  • Friedel Martin Posted June 12, 2020 7:20 pm

    Dear Mary Rae,
    I know the angels will guide you to the good Lord with open arms to receive you and i know that he has a lot of work for you to do from above. I know you always felt like family to me and you took me in as a member of your family and you are a member of mine. I love you. and miss you. Until we meet again, Love Friedel

  • Sr. Pamela Marie Volland, RGS Posted June 13, 2020 2:17 am

    Mary Rae was so special to me! What a wonderful person–always so thoughtful in every way. I so cherish our brief time together and our outing when I was in Omaha two years ago. She and my mother were first cousins but Mary Rae and her sisters were closer to our age. I thank God for Mary Rae and send my condolences to Noelle, Judy, Kathleen, Carolyn and Bernadet and to her precious children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. With much love and gratitude for a beautiful life. Sr. Pamela Marie Volland, RGS

    • Loretta Wolf Posted June 14, 2020 8:24 am

      Sr. Pam, you were very special to my mom.

  • Kate Connolly Posted June 13, 2020 2:05 pm

    Dear Wolf Cousins,
    I am sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I have long admired Mary Rae’s energy and perseverance. She was always kind and welcoming to me. Thinking of you all with love.

  • Larry rasmussen Posted June 14, 2020 4:07 pm

    Deepest sympathies to the wolf family. May God give solace in your time of grief.

  • Pradipta Shome Posted June 3, 2022 11:00 pm

    I came to know Mary Rae through her daughter, Diane, as she was a friend of my sister, Rita, who was visiting Omaha at the time in the summer of 1975. Diane wanted to visit India and went to visit Rita.
    Mary Rae said at the time she wanted the bucket to hold many good experiences for Diane and facilitated the trip for Diane to go India. So she could see another country and broaden her experiences.
    She had a very kind, generous, and friendly outlook. She was a great family friend and to Rita. We cherish knowing her.
    Our deepest respect and sympathies to family and Diane.

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