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Official Obituary of

Alan Richard Wolski

July 7, 1947 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Alan Wolski Obituary

It is with aching hearts that we announce the death of Alan Wolski, beloved husband, and devoted father to two daughters and a granddaughter.

Al was born to Edward and Mildred Wolski in Chicago on 7/7/47 and he always thought of seven as his lucky number. He was a lover of music, nature, night skies, his cats, and most of all, his family. He was a life-long searcher for truth, as seen through his extensive readings from world religions and literature.

He had fond memories as a kid exploring the woods and lakes of Wisconsin with his sister, then later, with more siblings on Washington Island, WI. His love of adventure led him to travel around the world, from living abroad in the Virgin Islands to backpacking in Peru. He instilled that love in his daughters, who also ended up living abroad and visiting many countries.

Friends were also central to his life. Al had his jazz, blues, and reggae buddies, softball team, camping companions, and long-time high school and college friends. He was known as both a storyteller and a collector of jokes and LPs.

Al enjoyed giving back to the community he loved, through volunteering at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center and the Arcata Library, as well as at many community Thanksgiving dinners and the like. Al was a renowned gardener, often inspiring passersby to inquire how he grew such beautiful flowers. He turned his backyard into a vibrant ecosystem in the middle of town, with thriving tree frog and hummingbird populations. He shared his aptitude for gardening with his clients for over 30 years, helping restore landscapes across Humboldt as "The Garden Sitter."

He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Madej, daughter Tamara (Jeremy), daughter Angie (Gabriel), and granddaughter Juniper, as well as his siblings Diana (Frank), Mike (Peg), Chris, and Bill (Toni) and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be planned for a sunnier time in the future. Donations in his memory can be made to Friends of the Arcata Marsh or Friends of the Arcata Library.

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