Steve and Deborah “Deana” Wolfe

March 16, 2024
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Bath, NY- Steve and Deborah “Deana” Wolfe, passed away together on Saturday, March 16, 2024 as a result of an automobile accident.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Steve and Deana had been married for 38 years. They had lived together in San Francisco, Alaska, and finally in Bath, New York

Steve and Deana were soul mates.  They worked together boarding and training dogs and cats. Their business was called “Country HosPetality”.

Steve, age 69, also was a respected Estimator for Kelly Brothers in Elmira.

Steve is survived by his mother and step-father, Ardath and Russell Bentz of Jonestown, PA; his father and step-mother, Donald and Barbara Wolfe of SC; 2 brothers, Kim (Faith) Wolfe and Todd (Sherri) Wolfe; 2 step-sisters, Marjorie Bentz and Tamera Bentz; and several nieces and nephews.

Deana, age 65, is survived by her mother, Rella Coleman of TX; and brother, Bruce (Jeevan)Wayne. She was predeceased by her father, William George Ward; and 2 brothers, Gary Allen Ward and William Brian Keith Ward.

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Tom and Lisa Tanner from Jonestown, PA on Mar. 19, 2024

Our deepest condolences to Steve and Deana's families and friends. Steve was a high school classmate and good friend, and we shared a lot of fun times together. He had to be one of the greatest "characters" on this earth, and his wife Deana was the perfect soulmate for him. His Mother "Ardi" and her husband Russ have been neighbors of ours for over 30 years. Steve and Deana sat with us at our 50th HS Reunion back in June and they made it a very memorable evening for everyone. We are still struggling to understand this very sad news.

Donna Cabrey (Bechtold) from Allentown, PA on Mar. 19, 2024

I am so sorry to hear about Steve and Deana. I graduated with Steve from Lebanon High School. My sincere sympathy to their family and friends.

Patty Decker from Raleigh, North Carolina on Mar. 20, 2024

I am so sorry to hear about Deana and Steve. I worked closely with Deana at American Express in Corning, and of course met Steve when he came to our parties. Deana always had a smile on her face, always willing to do whatever it took to get the job done. And always and forever willing to talk about animals!!!! When we both left Amex in Corning, Deana came to my house to help me train my new puppy, Harley. Deana will be missed by many humans, but also by many, many furry friends. Sending hugs and prayers to Deana and Steve's families.

Mary Klotz from Elmira, ny on Mar. 20, 2024

There will be a wide emptiness at Kelley Brothers in Elmira. Steve was the fun guy, always with a quip to make everyone laugh. God bless Steve and Deana.

Sheree Tice-Thomas from Lebanon PA on Mar. 21, 2024

I graduated with Steve. My deepest condolences to both of their families.

Penny Smigiel from Avoca ny on Mar. 21, 2024

I met Steve and Deana when they opened the boarding business. I grew to be friends with Deana because our business's were about animals. I am so sad that this happened, it still doesn't seem real to me. Fly high my friends. Maybe you will leave me coins like you always told me about.

Ben Martinez from Lebanon, Pa. on Mar. 21, 2024

Although I've had limited contact with Steve since college years, I still have so many fond memories of Steve as a fraternity brother, football teammate and hometown friend. Those memories still make me smile. Special thoughts to brothers Kim and Todd whom I've known since teenage years.

Dale Aldrich from Naples, FL on Mar. 21, 2024

Sorry for your loss. Have so many fond memories working with Steve. Rest In Peace.

Cindy & Gary Williams from Myrtle Beach, SC on Mar. 21, 2024

Sincere condolences to family and friends. My deepest sympathy to Donald and Barbara Wolfe as they are dear friends.. May God bring peace and love at this time of loss.

Mike Petry from Lebanon, PA on Mar. 22, 2024

Martha and I extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of Steve and Deana. Steve was a classmate at West Lebanon Elementary, Henry Houck Junior High, and Lebanon High School. At last year's high school reunion, I was able to speak with Steve. Considering we had not seen each other since graduation, one would've thought there was much to discuss. Instead, the main focus was the good times we experienced in elementary school and while playing on the West Lebanon Little League team, with his brother Kim and coached by his father Don. It was a memorable time together reminiscing about the good old days.

Diane Green from CORNING on Mar. 23, 2024

My deepest condolences to family and friends of Deana and Steve. I, too, used to work with Deana at the American Express travel office in Corning, NY. I also met Steve at work events as well. They were the only animal care providers that my husband would leave our furry pet son with. Deana and Steve will be truly missed. Open the gates St. Peter. Let this good couple in! May God bless them both!

Kathie Dissinger from Lebanon, Pennsylvania on Mar. 24, 2024

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Ed Peiffer from Lancaster PA on Mar. 29, 2024

Attended school and once shared an apartment with Steve. Smart, witty, and a real piece of work (in a good way) , he'll be missed by many.

Sue and Steve Eisenhauer from BOONTON, NJ on May. 5, 2024

It's taken weeks for me to be able to sit down and actually write this condolence message. Steve went to high school (probably junior high as well) with Steve and the two Steves were roomates at Muhlenberg for two years, as well as team mates, frat brothers etc. I met your Steve freshman year of college (50 years ago) and we became very close. We visited each other when feasible after college - he in San Francisco and us in NYC, then NJ. We met Deana in CA. We had a wonderful weekend visit for Steve's 50th birthday. Although the distance made more frequent visits difficult and rare as time went on, they were very important people to us. We have such amazing memories of fun times together, as well as serious moments. What a tragic loss for everyone that they touched. Rest in peace. With Love.

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