Delyour M. Wolfe
Delyour M. Wolfe

September 16, 1939 - July 26, 2018
Born in Fredricksburg, VA
Resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Our Dear “Nana”, Delyour Marlene Wolfe was born on September 16, 1939 to the late John Bruce Hailstalk and Mary Day. Dell was the 6th of 10 children. She departed this life on July 26, 2018 peace-fully.
As a child Dell lived in the house her father built at 409 Palmer Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia. She attended Walker Grant High School, the first publicly supported black high school in Fredericksburg. Upon graduating high school in 1956, Dell left Fredericksburg for New York City the next day, where she worked as a typist and telephone operator.
Upon acquiring a job as a clerk at a drycleaners, she fell in love with Julian Fletcher Wolfe, twenty-five years her senior. Dell and Julian had seven children together and set up house over the years in New York City, Williamstown, NJ, Barrington, NJ and Philadelphia, PA.
Dell was a lively woman who never fell short of words to express herself. She was the mother of not only her seven children but neighborhood children as well. Dell cared for many of the elderly on her block. She gave what she had to anyone in need.
Upon moving to Brooklyn Street, Ms. Wolfe became block captain for 15 years, keeping the neighbor-hood clean while teaching the children respect for others and themselves with shouts of “pull those pants up”, “we’re not having that language out here - Damn it!” Ms. Wolfe did whatever it took to keep her block clean and was very proud of her street.
There were a couple things Ms. Wolfe truly loved. Christmas was Nana’s favorite time of year and she decorated her house with lights garland and deer. She sometimes kept decorations up year round. She was a great pinochle player/card counter with a very quick mind and loved to “rub heads”.
Dell worked tirelessly for the polls, made cakes for the 16th police district at Christmas that they would pick up from her home, did turkeys at holiday time for needy neighbors and loans for those in need. Ms. Wolfe never gave up on the block, the residents or the neighborhood. When she became physically unable from being on oxygen, not to worry, she conducted all business from her kitchen table and/or bedroom window. Little happened in the 800 block of Brooklyn Street that she wasn’t aware of.
Dell leaves to mourn 7 children: Julien Wolfe of Rochester, NY; Scott Wolfe, Tonya Wolfe (Hall); Tracey Wolfe; Krystal Wolfe; Danielle Wolfe (Wells) of Philadelphia; Lori Wolfe (Alridge) of Char-lottesville, VA; 22 grandchildren and 16 great grand children.

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Memorial Service
Terry Funeral Home
4203-05 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Saturday, August 4, 2018
2:00 PM