Whether it was a homemade knit Christmas sweater or a strong opinion, longtime Great Neck resident Muriel Park Wolfer could be counted on to provide it to her husband and four children.
Wolfer, a politically minded stay-at-home mom and longtime community volunteer, died June 23 in Baltimore after a long battle with Alzheimer's, said her eldest daughter, Randal Wolfer. She was 87.
Along with her husband, Benjamin Wolfer, a dentist, Muriel Wolfer had moved to Baltimore in the mid-1990s after he retired.
Randal Wolfer, 64, described her mother as opinionated, analytical and organized, but also as nurturing. Family members said she was always ready with reliable, sage advice that was more often right than wrong.
"She was very capable of looking at a situation and analyzing it and advising," Randal Wolfer said. "She was very worldly, very politically involved. She was always reading."
Wolfer was born Aug. 31, 1926, and raised in Philadelphia, the only child of Reba and Samuel Park. After graduating high school, she attended Temple University, where she met Benjamin Wolfer, a dental student.
He would examine her teeth at a dental clinic and the checkups led to romance.
"She would go to the clinic and get her teeth fixed, and that's how she met my dad," Randal Wolfer said. The couple married when Muriel was 19. Benjamin Wolfer died in 2011 after 65 years of marriage.
After World War II ended and her husband finished dental school, the family briefly lived in Germany, then traveled in Europe with their young children before moving to New York.
In 1956, the family moved to Great Neck, where they lived for nearly 40 years. Her family said Muriel Wolfer was an active member of the League of Women Voters throughout the 1960s and regularly volunteered at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.
Her creative side was as reliable each Christmas as the family tree. She was a phenomenal knitter and every holiday she would make homemade sweaters for her husband, their children, and close friends and loved ones.
She was buried June 27 at New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale, and is survived by four children and 10 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.