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Obituary: Former Librarian of Matawan Elementary School Dies at 92

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

Alma E Koelsch, 92, of Matawan passed away peacefully on January 13, 2013 at The Willows at Holmdel.

She was born in Jersey City to dear parents Martin and Augusta Wolfe. She lived in Jersey City until moving to Matawan in 1957. She was employed as an executive assistant and later as librarian at the Matawan Elementary School. She was a longtime communicant at the First Presbyterian Church of Matawan, and enjoyed serving the church in various roles while also being active in other local organizations such as the Woman's Club, Historical Society and Parent Teacher Association. She greatly enjoyed travelling the United States and the world, and was an avid reader. She will be missed by many who were touched by her good and caring nature, and by her sense of humor.

Alma was predeceased by her beloved husband Peter J Koelsch and her sister Isabel D Wolfe. She is survived by a son Peter M Koelsch and wife Rebecca, and grandchildren Peter W Koelsch and Anna J Koelsch.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Route 34, Matawan with interment at the Holmdel Cemetery, 900 Holmdel Rd, Holmdel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Waitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service

Barzillai January 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM
The 1930 Federal Census showed Alma Wolfe, age 9, and her sister Isabelle, age 13, living at 208 Bidwell Avenue, Jersey City, with their parents, Martin and Gussie Wolfe, both age 44, had been married about 15 years (married at age 29). The parents were born in Germany and the children were born in New Jersey. Martin was a factory worker. Martin entered the US in 1905 and was a naturalized citizen, while Gussie had come in 1906 and remained an alien. Both parents spoke German and English. Martin was not a US veteran. Alma and Isabelle were still living with their parents at 208 Bidwell in the 1940 Federal Census. Alma was a stenographer for a lawyer and Isabelle was a clerk at a manufacturing company. Martin was a machine operator at a valve manufacturer. Martin and Gussie claimed Poland as their place of birth. Martin Wolfe was a clerk by occupation, according to the 1915 Jersey City city directory. He lived at 220 Clerk Street, Jersey City. Peter J Koelsch, age 19, was single and living with his parents, Peter and Esther Koelsch, at 404 Stegman Parkway, Jersey City, in the 1940 Federal Census. Peter's father, age 49 and born in New York, was a foreman in a steel mill. Esther was born in England and was 41 years old.

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