SOUTH PARIS — Eunice Sue (White) Wolfe has been named Veteran of the Month at the Maine Veterans’ Home.
Wolfe was born in Newcastle, Penn., on Nov. 14, 1922. Her parents moved to Portland when she was an infant and then on to Cambridge, Mass., where she was raised.
She attended LaSalle Junior College and received an associates degree in nutrition. She enlisted in the Navy on July 16, 1943, as an apprentice seaman and began her training as a ship’s cook at the Naval Training School/Cooks and Bakers School in New York. Wolfe served as a cook at the US Naval Barracks, Wave Quarters “D” in Washington, D.C., and the Wave Barracks at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
It was during her time in the service that she met her future husband William Wolfe. William also served in the Navy. Sue was discharged on Feb. 8, 1946, with the rank of Ship’s Cook Third Class. For her service, she was awarded the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal.
The couple was married on Sept. 20, 1946, and they spent most of their marriage living in Windham on Little Sebago Lake. Together they raised a son and a daughter and enjoyed camping in the many state parks in Maine. Sue is a lifelong Girl Scout and was a leader for many years. She also taught special education children sewing and cooking through a program at a Methodist church in South Portland.
They were married for 43 years and became the proud grandparents of six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. After William died, Sue spent 17 summers with her good friend, Florence, at her camp on Little Ossipee Lake, spending the days boating and laughing.
She went to the Maine Veterans’ Home in October of 2008 and resides on the Residential Care Unit. Some of her favorite activities are quilting, going out for lunch or dinner, foliage trips, spending time at her son’s home at Little Sebago, bingo and the music programs at the home. The staff said that she has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to interact with them.