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Otto Frederick Wolke


October 10, 2018


Otto Frederick Wolke, 84, of Danville, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at his residence.  He was born April 22, 1934 in Union City, New Jersey, the son of the late Otto W. and Margaret Buchman Wolke.

Otto graduated from Lincoln High School in Jersey City NJ and later from Rutgers University with a degree in Pharmacology in 1956. 

He was a devoted husband, married for 62 years, to Eleanor “Ellie” Thorpe Wolke, who survives.  They were married December 25, 1955. 

Otto was employed as a Pharmacist and the Director of Pharmacy for JFK Medical Center in Edison NJ for 15 years and as Vice President of Pharmacy for the Geisinger Health Plan in Danville PA, from where he retired in 1999.  Otto was also employed as a Pharmacist for various retail pharmacies.  After his retirement, he was a Pharmacy Consultant for PACE. 

He was a charter member of The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy and the President of the Monmouth/Ocean County Pharmaceutical Society. 

Otto enjoyed reading, stamp collecting and gardening.  He was a kind man with a very generous heart and love for his family, whom he adored. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons; Alan E. Wolke and his wife Nancy of Bound Brook NJ and Paul O. Wolke and his wife Kimberly of Washington NJ and two daughters; Beth W. Robinson and her husband Gary of Monroe NY and Louise M. Belensz and her husband Alan of Ballston Lake NY. 

He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Alex, Adam, Maggie, Kate, Hannah, Zoe and Jovie.  Also surviving is one brother, Ernest Wolke of Norton Ohio and several nieces and nephews 

He was preceded in death by one son, Glen Wolke, in infancy and four brothers; Henry, Frederick, Herbert and Robert Wolke and one sister, Margaret Burr. 

A Celebration of Otto’s Life will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Otto’s Memory may be made to Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University 160 Frelinghuysen Road, Deans Suite, Room 264 Piscataway NJ 08854-8020  ATTN:  Kerryn Loesner, Director of Development or online at www.pharmacy.rutgers.edu.  (Please indicate scholarship in Memory of Otto F. Wolke/Ralph and Eleanor Underwood). 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.  www.visneski.com.


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