Wolfram “Wolf” Noack
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January 17, 1932 – May 21, 2021
Wolfram “Wolf” Noack, of Leavenworth, died on May 21, 2021. He was born to Ernest and Charlotte “Lotte” (Berge) Noack in Neustadt in Sachsen, Germany, on January 17,1932. He married his loving wife, Margaret “Peggy” Muetze, on March 20, 1971, who preceded him in death.
He will be missed by many, including his surviving children, Frank (Christie, fiancée) Noack, Harold “Tom” Noack, Jason (Marcella, fiancée) Noack, and Suzanne (Adam) Braun; his brother, Guenther “Ernie” (Linda) Noack; grandchildren, Brad Lee (Julia) Noack, Nikola “Nikki” Noack, Ethan Noack, and Julianna “Juju” Noack; and great grandchildren, Miles, Levi, and Elliott Noack. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; his brother, Roland (Marimel, surviving) Noack; son, Ronald Noack; and twin sons lost in childbirth.
Wolf grew up near Dresden, Germany, during World War II and the Communist Era of East Germany. While his father and brother were drafted into war, he rose to head of the family at 12 years old, leading his mother and baby brother through the nights, living off the land for weeks until reaching relative safety in Dresden. With public education unavailable during his adolescence, his brother credits him to having attained all his life’s accomplishments on his own. After the war, at the age of 14, he learned the trade of baking to ensure his family would never go hungry. In 1953, he escaped into West Berlin to a refugee camp and was flown to Hamburg. He moved to Chicago in 1954 to join his parents and brothers who had already escaped East Germany.
For many years, Wolf worked for Jewel Bakery until beginning his journey as a successful business owner in Batavia, Illinois. In 1976, he purchased and operated Dick’s Townhouse Tap, a tavern. The tavern was used as a setting in the Robert Conrad movie, Coach of the Year, in 1980, where Wolf had a cameo appearance as the bartender. In 1986, he and his wife opened Noack’s European Pastries, a popular European-style pastry shop that attracted customers from Chicago and its suburbs. Noack’s pastries and wedding cakes were so well enjoyed that the bakery was featured in the Chicago Tribune.
After retiring, Wolf moved his family to Leavenworth, Washington, in 1998, where he founded and led the Edelweiss Tanzgruppe, a German folk dance group, in 2001. Wolf was a very active member of the Leavenworth community, participating in many groups and events including Projekt Bayern, Our Lady of the Snows Church, and showcasing his famous European pastries at the various festivals. In 2015, he made Mountain Meadows his home, where in typical Wolf-style, he quickly filled the community with stories of his life’s adventure, samples of his pastries, melodies on the piano, and naturally became well-known and friendly among all of the staff and residents.
Throughout his life, Wolf never had idle hands but rather an endless enthusiasm for hobbies and projects. He enjoyed painting, playing piano, home improvement projects, gardening, driving, and always baking special cakes and pastries for friends and family. Once he had an idea, Wolf couldn’t be talked out of anything. His wife, Peggy would often have an inspiration and before you knew it Wolf was building, organizing, and creating. As a couple they complemented each other perfectly, with Peggy’s creative visions and Wolf’s eagerness to stay active.
Until the very end of his life, Wolf enjoyed being out and about, sharing his life’s stories with friends and strangers over a beer or dessert. Wolf was recognized and loved by countless people wherever he went. In the last years of his life, Wolf said that his strategy for staying young and living life was “to always have plans and something to look forward to.”
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on June 3, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 625 Elliott South Avenue, Wenatchee, WA, with a light reception to follow. Burial will be at 11:00 am on June 4, 2021, at Auburn Mountain View Cemetery, 2020 Mountain View Drive, Auburn, WA. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Wolf's life.
The family is planning to donate a commemorative piece in Wolf's memory, to the town of Leavenworth.
Flowers and condolences can be sent to 5207 Quincy Ave SE, Auburn, WA 98092. Due to COVID policies, please RSVP head of household name, phone number, and number of attendees to email@example.com.