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Ann Schafer-Wolf

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 07:14

Ann Schafer-Wolf of East Hampton devoted her life to teaching and tutoring, working for many years with students who had learning disabilities in schools here and in New York City.

"I'm very proud of that," said her daughter, Nina Schafer of East Hampton. "When I was growing up, she said, 'What you want to do, Nina, is find something that you love to do. If you're in a relationship that doesn't work out, you can always find another relationship, but you'll always have your career.' "

Ms. Schafer-Wolf died at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on April 12 after experiencing mitral valve insufficiency related to congestive heart failure. She was 87.

Born in Englewood, N.J., on Nov. 3, 1933, to Richard and Frances Fassnacht, she grew up there and attended boarding school in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., at the Oakwood Friends School. She went on to attend Oberlin College in Ohio and the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Her first marriage, to Milton Schafer in 1960, ended in divorce. She married Richard Wolf in 1984. He died in 2017.She had been a summer and weekend resident of East Hampton since 1969, before moving here full time in the mid-1990s.

Ms. Schafer-Wolf started her teaching career at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, moving on after five years to the Bank Street College of Education. She also held learning specialist positions at the Child Development Center in New York City and at the Ross School in East Hampton.

Ms. Schafer-Wolf was a licensed clinical social worker as well. Outside of work, her interests included painting and drawing, and she loved animals, especially dogs and cats.In addition to her daughter, Ms. Schafer-Wolf leaves a stepdaughter, Sasha Wolf of New York City. Her older sister, Norma Tracy, died in 2004.

Ms. Schafer-Wolf was cremated, and her ashes will be scattered at a future date.

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