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1951 Tom 2024

Thomas Wayne Wolf

December 3, 1951 — January 13, 2024

Fort Plain, New York

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We're deeply saddened to share that Thomas Wayne Wolf, 72, a longtime Fort Plain resident, passed away on Saturday morning, January 13, 2024 in the peace and comfort of his Fort Plain home, after bravely battling prostate cancer with various complications.  

Born on December 3, 1951, in Rock Island, Illinois, Thomas was the son of the late Kenneth Wolf and Mrs. Adrian Joann (Stegemann) Wolf. A 1970 graduate of Winola High School, he later served in the United States Army, where he received training as a Fixed Station Tech Controller in the Signal Corps and served as Chief Medical Corps in the Combat Medical Battalion section.  Notably, he was honored with the Defense Service Medal as a sharpshooter and served in Okinawa. 

Starting at Contel of Illinois in 1976, Tom then moved to New York and continued his career at Contel and retiring in 1994.  A lifelong learner, he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Carl Sandburg College in 1981 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois in 1984.  He even continued to educate himself at home, earning a license in HAM radio in 2022.

Tom became an Advanced Critical Care EMT in 1982, working with local ambulance services. Following his passion for healthcare, he became a Registered Nurse in 1997, working in ER roles at Cobleskill, Ellis, and St. Peter’s hospitals, and later as an evening supervisor at Wells Nursing Home.

Beyond work, Tom loved reading about United State Presidents, especially Kennedy, NASA and politics. He enjoyed camping in the early fall and had a deep love for music. 

Tom is remembered and survived by his loving partner, Melissa Horning, his mother, Joanne Wolf, sisters Dee (Tim) Reeder, Darlene (Jim) Wright, daughters, Kelly (Fred) Sammons and Amber (Eric) Trafton, granddaughters, Kloey, Alexis, Cheyenne, Adalynn Barber, and Candance Trafton, his nieces, Tracy Austin, Erin Thrityacre Headley, Meggan and Michelle Peterson, his nephew Bryan Thirtyacre, along with several great nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Mountain Valley Hospice, Angela Fraumane, NP, Dr. Etzkorn, and St. Mary’s ambulatory care and interventional radiology staff for your kind compassionate care throughout his journey.  In keeping with Tom’s wishes, donations can be sent in his honor to Ayres Animal Shelter or Mountain Valley Hospice. Services are private and at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements are under the direction and care of the family/locally owned Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between St. Johnsville and Little Falls, 315-508-5131, serving Montgomery County.

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