Otto Frederick Wolke

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Otto Frederick Wolke

April 22, 1934 - October 09, 2018

Otto Frederick Wolke, 84, of Danville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at his residence.
He was born April 22, 1934, in Union City, N.J., a son of the late Otto W. and Margaret (Buchman) Wolke. He was a devoted husband, married for 62 years to Eleanor "Ellie" Thorpe Wolke, who survives. They were married Dec. 25, 1955.

Otto graduated from Lincoln High School in Jersey City, N.J., and later from Rutgers University with a degree in pharmacology in 1956.
He was employed as a pharmacist and the director of pharmacy for JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J. for 15 years and as vice president of pharmacy for the Geisinger Health Plan in Danville, from where he retired in 1999. Otto was also employed as a pharmacist for various retail pharmacies. After his retirement, he was a pharmacy consultant for PACE.
He was a charter member of The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy and the president of the Monmouth/Ocean County Pharmaceutical Society.
Otto enjoyed reading, stamp collecting and gardening. He was a kind man with a very generous heart and love for his family, whom he adored.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sonsand daughters-in-law, Alan E. and Nancy Wolke of Bound Brook, N.J., and Paul O. and Kimberly Wolke of Washington, N.J.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Beth W. and Gary Robinson of Monroe, N.Y., and Louise M. and Alan Belensz of Ballston Lake. NY.; seven grandchildren, Alex, Adam, Maggie, Kate, Hannah, Zoe and Jovie; one brother, Ernest Wolke of Norton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by one son, Glen Wolke in infancy; four brothers, Henry, Frederick, Herbert and Robert Wolke; and one sister, Margaret Burr.

A celebration of Otto's life will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Otto's memory may be made to Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, 160 Frelinghuysen Road, Deans Suite, Room 264, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8020 ATTN: Kerryn Loesner, Director of Development or online at (Please indicate scholarship in Memory of Otto F. Wolke/Ralph and Eleanor Underwood).

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Published on October 10, 2018
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5 posts

Deborah Klinger
Oct 13, 2018
I only knew Otto thru Geisinger but always had much respect for him. He was always pleasant and cheerful and a true gentleman. RIP until we meet again.

Deepest sympathy and God's peace to his family.
Kelley Bolam
Oct 12, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad, when I heard the news it brought back so many great memories that I had with all of you,what a wonderful family you are and I hope that and your faith will help to get through this time. All of my thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

Oct 11, 2018
Love to you all.
My prayers and blessings at this time of sorrow. We feel pain because of the great love we were gifted ❤
My condolences.
Kathy Wolke
Oct 11, 2018
Many memories come to mind, just cannot pick one, may he be embraced by his brothers and sister when entering the gates of heaven
Iqbal Bawa
Oct 11, 2018
Hi Alan,

I am sorry to hear the sad news. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.