Doreen G. WolfJune 23, 1933 ~ October 4, 2017 (age 84)
Doreen G. Wolf
Doreen was born on June 23, 1933 in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, to Peter and Clementine Ficek, and was the youngest of three children. At the age of nine, Doreen became deaf from scarlet fever, but that never prevented her from living a beautiful life of dedication to her family and friends with an inspirational compassion of putting others before herself.
A mass service and reception will be held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Meridian, ID at 11:00 am, October 28, 2017.
Growing up on the farmlands of the Canadians prairies during the depression, Doreen was instilled with the virtues of hard work, strong faith and selflessness. While attending and then later graduating from the Saskatoon School for the Deaf, Doreen was part of a close nit group of deaf girlfriends she treasured and who remained like sisters throughout their lives. She met her husband, Reno, at a deaf social event in Canada, later marrying and settling in Great Falls, Montana, where they raised two children and spent over forty years as active and loyal members of the deaf community. Doreen was a dedicated employee of the Mailing Shop for numerous years, working in typesetting/printing, and then spending a majority of her career with World Wide Press working in the darkroom photography artwork area. Doreen continued to work part time into her retirement years, sharing her kindness with the many special children and staff of the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, a workplace she truly cherished. For her remarkable years of volunteer service, Doreen received the Montana Association of the Deaf Award for Helping Deaf Elderly.
Doreen was an avid and skilled bowler, participating in leagues and tournaments well into her senior years. Doreen and Reno loved to travel, spending their summer vacations in Canada and also participating in deaf camping events and national conventions in various US states, establishing wonderful friendships wherever they went. Doreen was fun natured and loved to tease and make her friends laugh, and much to the surprise of those around her, she loved to play the slot machines.
Doreen and Reno moved to Boise fourteen years ago to be close to their children and to experience their ultimate joy of spending time with their granddaughter. They quickly made beautiful new friendships through the Treasure Valley Association of the Deaf, helping coordinate the senior deaf social group, and as parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic church. Doreen was a wonderful cook who loved to experiment with new dishes, and as her family would say, she was also a culinary critic with her own rating scale that she marked throughout her many cookbooks. She also had such a fondness for animals, always spoiling and showering her pets with love.
Doreen will forever be remembered as a loving, devoted and kind spirited mother, grandmother and one who touched the hearts of so many dear friends and enriched the lives of those around her. Doreen is preceded in death by her husband Reno, brother Arthur Ficek of Tornoto, Ontario, and sister Jean Pask of Esterhazy, Sask. She is survived by her son Peter Wolf (Tracy Kyle), daughter Clementine Mehrens, son-in-law David Mehrens and granddaughter, Nicole Mehrens, all of Boise ID, sister-in-law Hilda Ficek of Toronto, Ontario, sister-in-law Francy Wolf of Bozeman, MT, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Sky Recreation Association of the Deaf, 4024 4th Ave N, Great Falls, MT 59405-1222 or Idaho Association of the Deaf, 4115 Christine St., Boise, ID 83702.
“Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” – St. Thomas More