Joseph Lee Wolff, 78

Wolff-Joseph-StarJoseph Lee Wolff, 78, died November 13, 2015 due to complications following surgery. Joe was born October 17, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the Shawnee High School Class of 1955 in Louisville. Joe earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and MA and PhD in Educational Psychology from Indiana University. He taught three years at the University of Illinois, Urbana and 23 years at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Joe was dearly loved by his wife, Sue Vartuli, brother and wife, Hays Wolff and Barbara Sprawls, daughter, Liesel Wolff and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara (Williams) and Leander Wolff, Aunt Hady Lou Beckett, who raised him after the death of his parents, and many other aunts and uncles.

Joe was an avid fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball team, a master of trivia, especially Jeopardy and a film enthusiast.

Memorial donations in honor of Joe may be made to People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 501 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 ( or The Salvation Army (

Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City; 913-384-5566;
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