Serving Larchmont Village, Hancock Park, and the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods of Los Angeles since 2011.

Father William Patrick Wolfe Passed Away

Father William Patrick Wolfe, longtime clergy member of Wilshire Country Club, died peacefully on December 1, 2022


[This obituary was provided to the Buzz by Father Wolfe’s family.]

Father William Patrick Wolfe died peacefully on December 1, 2022 in his beloved home city of Los Angeles, California.

William, “Bill,” was born to his loving parents, Charles and Bridget “Polly” Wolfe on January 21, 1944 in Los Angeles. He was raised in View Park and attended Transfiguration and St. Bernadette Catholic Schools. He went on to attend Loyola High School and was a proud graduate of the class of 1962. After high school, Bill felt called to the priesthood and attended St. John Seminary College in Camarillo, California and was ordained in 1970. After his ordination, Bill received a Canon Law degree from Catholic University in 1978. He then returned to Los Angeles and served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Marriage Tribunal while assisting in various parishes. He served as the pastor of St. Ambrose Church in West Hollywood, CA until his retirement. Some of his most proud moments, however, were those involving his family and their special moments in the Catholic Church: he baptized his niece, nephews, great-niece and great-nephew. He said the mass for the Rite of Marriage for his sisters and niece. He concelebrated at the masses for the Sacrament of First Communion and Confirmation for each of his nephews and niece.

Outside of the priesthood, Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing a round several times a week as a clergy member of the Wilshire Country Club. While he loved the game, he truly valued the companionship of his friends and brother-in-law, Don, whom he played with. He was a devoted Uncle and was very involved in the upbringing of his niece and nephews. “Uncle Bill” was always willing to lend a listening ear, help with homework, or “chauffeur” when needed. He found joy in an excellent meal and was a wonderful dinner and lunch companion. Bill would always have his meal accompanied by a chilled martini, and found happiness in a cigar with a crossword puzzle at the end of an evening.

Bill is survived by his sister, Maureen Binder (Donald), brother-in-law, Stephen Holz, his niece and nephews: Michael Holz (Ivy), Anne Angelico (Andrew) and Matthew Holz (Sadé) and his great-niece and great-nephew Caroline Angelico and Henry Angelico. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Polly Wolfe, and by his sister, Therese Holz.

Relatives, friends, and all those that loved Bill are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery 5835 W Slauson Avenue, Culver City, California 90230 on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 10:00am. Internment will follow the funeral mass. A reception celebrating Bill’s life will be held at Wilshire Country Club.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you make a donation in Bill’s name to a charity that is meaningful to you.


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