William Wolff

William Wolff

William Wolff, 94, passed away on July 26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Sarah Saifer Wolff and Samuel Wolff in 1925, William was educated at St. Louis Country Day School and Washington University. He served his country patriotically during WWII. 

He married Elaine Carp, also of St. Louis, in 1948. Together, they raised two children, Gary Carp Wolff, 69, of St. Louis, Missouri, and the late John Merill Wolff. They remained happily married for 71 years until Elaine’s death earlier this year.

A young man when he took over his father’s company, Wolff Shoe, William stewarded the business in new directions during his multi-decade tenure as its president. Under William’s leadership, overseas production expanded to Italy, Spain, and China. Many of these business relationships are still in place today thanks to his calm, steady, and thoughtful guidance.

A man of few (but well-chosen) words, William was known for his dignified manner, his gentle nature, and boundless generosity. A lifelong member of Congregation B’nai Amoona, William was an active member of St. Louis’ Jewish community. Guided by these Jewish moral virtues, he quietly supported numerous charities and loved ones alike without seeking praise or recognition.  He was recognized by the Italian government in 1986 for his deeds and merits and awarded Knighthood, or Cavaliere  (Dell’ Ordine “Al Merito Della Repubbilca Italiana”).

William is survived by his son Gary (Sherry and the late Marsha), his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Funeral service Thursday, August 1st, 10:00 AM at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road. No visitation prior to service. Interment Congregation B’nai Amoona Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation B’nai Amoona, ADA (American Diabetes Association), The National Kidney Foundation or The Cancer Support Community of St. LouisVisit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information.