Jerome Wolfson

July 24, 1919December 14, 2013

Springfield, IL

Jerome F. "Jerry" Wolfson, 94, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at the Regency.

He was born July 24, 1919 in Springfield the son of Henry and Bessie Rich Wolfson. He married Muriel Levy in Chicago in 1943. They met at the University of Illinois and started dating when Muriel's roommate who had been dating him, gladly gave him up. He and his bride had been married almost 70 years at the time of her death in 2012, despite her mother saying it would never last. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; Dorothy Wolfson and two brothers; Milton and Lee Wolfson.

Jerome was a product of Springfield schools; Dubois, Springfield High and Springfield Junior college. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a law degree.

Upon graduating from law school, the country entered into World War II and so did he. Within a week of getting married, he and his unit were shipped out and he was gone for three years. He served as a captain in Allied Military Government in Northern Africa and throughout Europe. After being discharged at the end of the war, he entered the family-owned Wolfson Furniture Company with his mother and two brothers. He practiced law in the office of Senator George Drach until he went into his own private practice.

Jerome was a life member of Temple B'rith Sholom. A member of B'nai Brith, the State Bar Association and the Sangamon county Bar Association, Illinois State Museum Society, MOAA and the Saturday Night Dance club. Jerome and Muriel had been dancing together since college and they were great fun to watch. They danced like Fred and Ginger. He also painted, welded small metal statues and if something needed fixing, he was the guy you called.

Jerome had a wonderful sense of humor. Up until the end, Muriel thought he was funny. "If your wife still thinks you're funny after 70 years, you have a pretty terrific marriage".

He is survived by his daughters; Judy Burnette of Springfield, and Lori (husband Louis) Newman of Arlington Heights, three grandchildren; Evan Burnette, Shayna Newman Frick (husband Matthew) and Kyle (wife Michelle) Newman, as well as his granddog, Larry L. Burnette who loved him a lot, and grandkitties. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home 544-5424. Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


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Barb Killian

December 20, 2013

I will always remember your mother and father with fond memories. When we moved to Bates Avenue in 1986, they were one of first neighbors I met. I noticed that they went for daily walks and they always held hands as they walked. They often stopped to talk to my children, who always seemed to playing in the front yard or on the drive way. I was impressed with their friendliness and their obvious love for each other. I will miss them both.

Eleanor Cavanagh

December 19, 2013

Who could ever forget Jerry and Muriel dancing every dance at the lawyers parties, along with Tony and Margaret Manuele. We spent many evenings in their good company. My condolences to the family.

December 19, 2013

Will never forget Jerry and Muriel dancing every dance at the lawyers parties, along with Tony and Margaret Manuele. We enjoyed many evenings in their good company. My condolences to the Family. Eleanor Cavanagh

December 18, 2013

Jerome we will miss you!!!

Rich & Mary Keltner & family

December 18, 2013

Our entire family knew the Wolfson's and enjoyed them so much and can see Jerry out in his big intertube in the lake and Muriel cutting grass! They both were fine people and glad to say they were our friends. Miss them!

Evelyn and Don Yurdin

December 18, 2013

We read with sadness the news of Jerry's death.
He and Muriel were wonderful friends and neighbors. Their devotion and joy in being together are indelible memories.
Don and I send you our deepest sympathy.

Stacy Wilson

December 18, 2013

What a wonderful and delightful man he was. I worked with him at thru the Sangamon County Courthouse many years ago and he always brought a smile to my face. RIP Jerry. Im sure your beautiful wife is happy to have you by her side once more.

Rosemary Leistner

December 18, 2013

Dear Judy and family,
Please know how much our thoughts are with you. Your Dad (and Mom) were terrific people. Much love to all of you......Bob and Rosemary Leistner

December 18, 2013

girls,jerome was our brother -in-law for so many,many years.he is now with his beloved Muriel.he will be missed by all of us,love uncle stew and aunt faye