Nicholas L. Wolfe, Jr., 88, of Cascade, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, at his home in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Nick called from 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, where a rosary was recited at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial for Nick was offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the church by Fr. Joseph Wolfe, M.F.V.A. and Rev. Douglas Loecke. Lectors were: Dan Welter, Tom Welter and Craig Welter. Placing of the pall was done by Rose Wolfe, Fr. Joseph M. Wolfe, M.F.V.A. and Diane Welter.

Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Casketbearers for Nick were: Dan and Lauren Welter, Tom and Andrea Welter, and Craig and Mandi Welter.

Nick was born Oct. 12, 1932, in Worthington, son of Nicholas and Apollonia (Sauser) Wolfe Sr. He received his education in the Worthington area country schools and was a 1950 graduate of St. Paul’s Catholic School in Worthington. June 22, 1957, he was united in marriage to Rose Leyendecker at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington. The couple farmed in the Worthington/Cascade area from 1959 to 1982, when they moved to Cascade. He then was a custodian at Aquin Elementary until 1994.

Nick was an Army veteran, having served from 1953 to 1955, and was a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Nick was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, was a devoted Catholic and daily communicant, and did many maintenance tasks for the parish. He enjoyed going fishing and doing gardening and was well known for his great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Wolfe of Cascade; two children, Fr. Joseph M. Wolfe, M.F.V.A. of Irondale, Ala. and Diane (Mark) Welter of Sand Springs; three grandchildren: Dan (Lauren) Welter, Tom (Andrea) Welter and Craig (Mandi) Welter; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Pat) Wolfe of Dubuque; two brothers-in-law, Steve (Christa) Leyendecker of Mt. Prospect, Ill. and Rick (Karla Cigrand) Leyendecker of Iowa City; six sisters-in-law: Marge Gassmann of Asbury, Jean (Richard) Polfer of Peosta, Linda (David) Burger of Worthington, Judy Lammers of Dyersville, Mary Leyendecker of Hazel Park, Mich. and Kathy (Patrick) Hayes of Milwaukie, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Edgar “Ted” (Donna) Wolfe, Richard Wolfe, Ernest Wolfe and Harold Wolfe; three sisters: Evelyn (Jim) Graff, Kathleen “Kay” (Ambrose) Hess and Violet (Donald) Leytem; his father and mother-in-law, Silverius and Irene Leyendecker and his stepfather-in-law, Francis Till; two brothers-in-law, LeRoy Gassmann and Jerome “Jerry” Lammers; and a nephew Jeffrey Lammers.

The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade is in charge of arrangements and anyone interested in sending memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Nick Wolfe family, P.O. Box 430, Cascade, IA 52033. If you would like to view the video tribute or send online condolences to the family, please visit our website at