Natalie Wasserman Wolf of Newbury New Hampshire, formerly of W. Newton, MA died October 10, 2018. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 47 years, Leo Wolf, and continued to enjoy her later years with her children and grandchildren. Natalie was a devoted and active community member throughout her life. She was committed to making the world around her more beautiful through art, flower arranging, and gardening.
Natalie, along with her family was one of the founding members of Temple Shalom of Newton where she later founded the Temple Shalom Garden Club. Additionally, she founded the Ikebana Japanese Flower Arrangers of Boston, and was a lifetime member and trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. One of her great passions was flower arranging and design, and she traveled worldwide with her daughter and daughter-in-law to judge flower shows as an International Flower Show Judge. Natalie spent many years designing arrangements for the Boston Flower Show, teaching flower arranging, and judging the show.
For over 30 years, Natalie worked to beautify the living spaces of others by using her sense of color and design to furnish and decorate multiple Hebrew Senior Life facilities. Her art installation received national recognition including a feature in the Boston Globe. This work culminated in the acquisition and installation of over 1,000 pieces of art at Newbridge on the Charles.
Her impact has been felt far and wide as she taught many people about art and flower design. Her founding of the Natalie W. Wolf Forum has endowed a biannual symposium on flower design and art, which will be continued after her death.
In 1970, an article in the Boston Globe quoted Natalie’s Secret Desire as to “have done everything I’ve wanted to do; enjoy every day for what interesting things it may bring; but I’d say my hidden desire is to be able to make the day longer.”
Natalie is survived by her son and his wife, Daniel and Beverly Wolf of Newbury, New Hampshire, her daughter and her partner, Anki Wolf and Mark Geer of Newbury, New Hampshire. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Matthew, Jacob, Adam & his wife Ashley, and Elizabeth, to whom she was devoted and was delighted by their every accomplishment. She will be missed dearly for her sense of humor, her many bubby-meises, and her ability to see beauty in everyday life.
Following a private family internment, a celebration of life will be held at Temple Shalom of Newton on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2 PM. A celebration of life will be held in New Hampshire at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be given to the Garden Club of MA-Wolf Forum, 219 Washington St. Wellesley, MA 02481, Wolf Art Fund at Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St. Boston, MA 02131, the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice, PO Box 2209, New London, NH 03257 or to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen 49 S. Main St, Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301.