Paul Richard Wolkenberg

November 10, 1944April 14, 2011

Paul Richard Wolkenberg, age 66, passed away at home on Wednesday April 14, 2011. Paul was born November 11, 1944 in Long Beach, California, while his father was fighting in the Pacific Theater of WWII. Paul and his sister, Kathy, were raised by their parents, Herman and Theresa in Middletown, New York.

Always a high achiever, he excelled as a pitcher in baseball and in his school work. His high scores on the New York State regent’s exams earned him a full scholarship to Manhattan College where he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, graduating at the top of his class and earning entry into the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. During this period he was part of the Air Force ROTC, having marched twice in New York City‘s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Paul was a devout Catholic.

Traveling to California for an internship with David Packard (Hewlett-Packard) in the burgeoning tech industry in Silicon Valley; his grandfather, promoting Paul’s devotion to high performance automobiles, bought him a 1964½ gold Mustang convertible. Following his undergraduate work, Paul attended graduate school at Carnegie Tech (GSIA -Carnegie-Mellon University) where he received his Master’s in Industrial Administration. While he was in Pittsburgh during his studies, he fell for a beautiful red-headed, Irish, student nurse. Patti and Paul were married on June 10, 1967 and have shared 43 amazing years together. Paul and Pat spent the next several years in New Jersey and Northern Virginia where Paul worked for Enjay Chemical, Research Analysis Corporation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank. In the early 1970’s, they moved back to Pittsburgh with their young daughter, Beth, and soon after, their son Matt was born. Paul worked in several leadership roles at Mellon Bank, and in 1988, made the bold move to head south to Texas with his family for an opportunity that led to senior leadership positions at American Capital, Van Kampen, Morgan Stanley, and Dean Witter.

Paul embraced every aspect of his life. He was never at a loss for words, nor the energy to try all things new and exciting. This son of New York City turned into a Texas rancher, a redfish angler, and an enthusiast of the Texas country roads. He traveled to Sebring for the races with his son, attended Longhorn football games with his daughter, and spent countless hours exploring the world with his wife, Pat. He was an active board member with Sheltering Arms and Stand Up for Kids.

Paul is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughter Beth and her husband, Alex Delledera, son Matthew and his wife, Brandy, most dear grand-daughter, Isabelle, and grandson on-the-way, his sister, Kathy Harmeling and her sons, DJ and Paul and their families. He is preceded in death by his father and his mother.

The true joy in Paul’s life was his family. The happiness he felt when he was with his extended family, the Wolkenberg’s, Horgan’s, Brisky’s, Delledera’s, and Schadt’s was immeasurable. His life was a gift to all who knew him.

A visitation will be held Monday, April 18, 2011 from 6:00p.m. until 9:00p.m. in the Chapel of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77079. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:30a.m. at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community Church, 1530 Norwalk Drive Katy, Texas 77450. Donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Houston, 5615 Kirby Dr. #500, Houston, TX 77005, (713) 522-8561,


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, April 19, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, April 18, 2011
  • Rosary Monday, April 18, 2011

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Trish McMullen Hendon

July 8, 2011

Dear Pat, Beth & Matt: I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I remember with great fondness the times we shared as a family; birthdays, football games, Christmas parties. I will never forget the time we went to Arizona. Paul dislocated my shoulder on the golf course. And of course, the night we rented that convertible and were singing at the top of our lungs. I could go on and on. What a shame to loose him at such a young age. May God hold you all in the palm of His Hand, protect you, guide you, and bless you. Time and place have separated us but I still think of all of you often and with great fondness. I will keep you in my prayers and hope for light in your heavy hearts.

Greg Carter

April 27, 2011

Matt, celebrate a life well lived, and be reminded of your Dad every time you see an exotic car.

Miriam Goldfarb

April 22, 2011

Dearest Pat, Beth and Matthew

The exceptional person Paul was, his caring and the love you all shared, should give you the strength to go through this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts.

Love to you.

April 22, 2011

Aw, I'm so sad about Paul. He was one of my favorite "big" cousins. He won an elf for me at the Mt. Carmel Church carnival in Middletown, NY and I always kept it on my bed post because he tried so hard to win it for me. I love you Paul and your family too! Love, Sarah

Bob Peck

April 21, 2011

I have such great memories of working with Paul. Such a quick and creative mind, and a wonderful sense of humor...a rare combination. Ann and I will hold you both in our prayers.

Frank Muller

April 21, 2011

Our sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Paul. Paul, Don McMullen and Jeff Etheredge together made a life changing investment into a young and ambitious executive many, many years ago. I recollect fondly the counsel Paul shared with me and I remain eternally grateful for the impact he made on my life. Just a voice from the past letting this family know how your beloved positively impacted the lives of others you may never have heard of.

April 20, 2011

Pat, I have such fond memories of Paul from childhood to adulthood. He had the insight and wisdom to always help and love his family, relatives, friends and even those strangers, who were in need of support. His heart was always open to all, and this attribute made him a mensch, a person who demonstrated both integrity and honor. We may have been cousins, but there was a bond we had over many years, that allowed him to open up his heart to me about serious matters, involving family members. I have never met an individual in my lifetime, that exuded so much goodness towards so many people. Paul's life was like a creation of art,that touched the hearts of so many fortunate people. May his ideals set forth in others, live on and be an inspiration for even more individuals in their lifetime.

Allan Goldfarb, Longboat Key, Florida

Beth D

April 20, 2011

And this very long day comes to a close....I love you

Rob Dickens

April 19, 2011

Working for Paul at Van Kampen was an honor. He always had a nice thing to say to me at the front desk. He is 1st class.

Joe Delledera

April 19, 2011

Beth, i am so very sorry i cannot be there to support you as you once did for me and our family when Dad died. Alex is a good man and can give you the support you need. Your family is in our prayers.