Carvel Wolfson

Carvel Wolfson, 96, of Gladwin, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Carvel was born on Sept. 23, 1915, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Frank and Lottie (Pearlman) Wolfson. They resided in Central Michigan where he grew up and graduated from West Branch High School.

Although he participated in many activities, such as basketball and football, Carvel was most proud of becoming an Eagle Scout. He attended Michigan State University. After that, he surveyed roads for the state highway department. While in West Branch he met Mildred Goldberg, a school teacher, and they married. When World War II began, Carvel signed up with the Army Air Force.

Returning from Europe after the war, the Wolfsons settled in Gladwin and he began a career working and later managing Goldberg’s Department Store. Carvel worked hard, as did Millie, raising three children. He loved sports and enjoyed them with his family and friends. Carvel and Millie were very civic minded.

Carvel did a tremendous amount of work for the community of Gladwin. He was a member of the school board for many years. He was on the MidMichigan Hospital Board and was instrumental in providing the area with a hospital, as well as being part of the Gladwin Development Corporation and Gladwin Heritage project.

Although Carvel was not a Mason, he received the Edgar A. Guest Masonic Award for Community Service in recognition of outstanding service to the community, which exemplifies the concern for the well-being of mankind and of belief in worldwide brotherhood of man. The Rotary and Lions Club also honored him for his service.

He and Mildred both received Certificates of Leadership from the United Way. The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund honored him for his loyal and unselfish dedication to our veterans and their families. So did the Central Michigan Jewish Community. Carvel was also presented “Man of the Year” by the Gladwin Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding service to Gladwin County.

As a parent, grandparent and great-grandparent, he was loving and encouraging, and did it all with a sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred Goldberg Wolfson.

He is survived by his three children, Charles (Merle), Jane Poliakoff, and Sam (Randee); six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Contributions in Carvel’s memory can be made to the donor’s charity of choice.

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