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Originally published: 2013-03-14 15:51:28
Last modified: 2013-03-14 15:51:28

James Thomas Woelfel

James Thomas Woelfel, M.D., 78 of High Point, died March 13, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 12, 1934, in Huntington, W.Va. to George Henry and Frieda Pulskamp Woelfel.
He was the beloved husband for 52 years of Suzanne Woelfel; loving father of Mary Woelfel Duffy, Pharm. D. (Gregg), the late Jean Mary Woelfel, Katherine Woelfel Hudgins (Cliff), and Judith Mary Woelfel; grandfather of five beloved grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, George Woelfel, M.D., William Woelfel, Richard Woelfel, D.D.S., and Charles Woelfel, Ph.D.; and a sister, Mary T. Woelfel. He is survived by his sister Joan Marie Frey of High Point.
Woelfel was a longtime member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Linville, where he was a longstanding member of the finance committee. Woelfel graduated from St. Joseph High School and Magna Cum Laude from Marshall College in Huntington, W.Va. in 1955, where he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa, senior honorary for men. In 1959, he received his medical degree at Marquette University School of Medicine in Milwaukee, Wis. His internship and residency were at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and the American College of Surgeons. Following his residency, Woelfel served in the U.S. Army for two years at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga as a Captain and base surgeon. After military service, he joined his late brother Dr. George Woelfel in the Coffey Surgical Practice in Huntington, W.Va. for ten years, and then later moved to Linville to start a private general surgery practice until his retirement twenty years later.
In addition to being an extremely skilled surgeon, Woelfel enjoyed golf and was an avid bridge player. He spent countless hours in his yard where his beautiful lawn was his pride and joy. He, also, was a rancher and had over 300 Polled Herefords on his farms in Tennessee. Many of his heifers won ribbons at the state fairs. He loved his farms, and was there almost every Saturday, rain or shine.
He was known for his teasing manner and for being an avid sports fan. His favorite team was the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
There will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at10a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, in the Pennybyrn Chapel at Maryfield in High Point with Father Christopher Gober as celebrant.
A reception will follow after the Mass at Pennybyrn.
In memory of Woelfel, memorial contributions may be directed to Maryfield Nursing Home, 1315 Greensboro Road, High Point, NC 27260, or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Condolences may be left on Woelfel's page at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.
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