OBITUARY

John Daniel Wolda

August 12, 1934September 20, 2020
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John Daniel Wolda passed away at the age of 86 on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Sugar Land, Texas. A native Houstonian, John was one of three children of Polish parents John Stanley Wolda and Frances Paradowski. He graduated from Reagan High School where he was a key senior pitcher on the 1952 State Championship baseball team. His baseball skills landed him at Rice University where he was a three-year baseball letterman. He graduated in 1956. In a May 11, 1956 Houston Post story, his coach Dell Morgan said “Wolda is a 148-pound monument to guts and hard work.” He still holds the 8th lowest season ERA mark in Rice Owl history at 1.81. At Rice, he took two years of chemistry from Dr. H.O. Nicholas (who also served as Athletic Director in 1934.) Towards the end of his second year, John started dating Dr. Nicholas’ daughter, Harriet. Last November, they celebrated sixty-three years of marriage.

John enjoyed a career in sales. But what he mostly enjoyed was coaching sports teams, his love of children, grandchildren, traveling with Harriet, learning new cultures, and photography. He coached over 60 teams and served in numerous volunteer roles with his children’s schools and community organizations. John is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, David, and first born child, Danny. John is survived by, among others, Harriet and their children Nicholas, Julie (Chris) Looper, and Katy; his grandchildren Hylaree Deas and John Hudson Wolda; his sister Sharon Ebling, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and one great grand-dog, Grahm. A small family graveside/gathering will be held later this year to celebrate his life. Charities close to John’s heart are St. Vincent de Paul Society @ St. Theresa Church, 705 St. Theresa Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77498 and Operation Smile, Box 5017, Hagerstown, MD., 21741.

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  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Tedda Watts

September 29, 2020

This is a beautiful memorial of his life and love that he had for family, the community and baseball. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, husband and coach. He lives on each one of you that he touched. In your hearts and memories he has left a legacy of love, honor and respect! His life and Legacy will always be remembered and filled with love. God's Blessings and love. Tedda

Susan Frantz Brassard

September 28, 2020

My deepest condolences for the entire family of Coach Wolda. He was my inspiration. He believed in me. He took me on his team for the Panthers and the Tornados all 6 years and molded me into, not just a softball player, but a believer in myself. He was a blessing to me. I loved being able to keep up with him and the family all these years. He loved life and it shows in his children- my friends - they don’t make them better than The Man Love to all. Lots of prayers to the great Wolda family 🙏🏼 With all my love, Lefty

Bill Hall

September 28, 2020

A good man, a good friend, a good neighbor, and a great baseball expert. My condolences to Harriet and the Wolda family.

John Baumgartner

September 28, 2020

I never had the opportunity of meeting Mr. Wolda but by all accounts he was an amazing soul. So very sorry for your loss🙏

Jill Brewer Sherard

September 27, 2020

I never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Wolda but I was friends with both Nicholas and Julie. Good people come from good people. I'm so sorry for this loss.

Jean Doherty

September 27, 2020

sincere condolences all our love and positive energy from jean and vero

Clay & Amy Wick

September 27, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends! Mr. Wolda was a great man and will be dearly missed. God bless.

Joy Davis

September 27, 2020

I will always remember the Wolda Family as wonderful neighbors and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joy

Shirley Grunert

September 27, 2020

Deepest sympathy to Harriet and family at John's passing. He was a very special man who will be missed by so many folks. From our days at Rice until recent times, I will always remember John and his smile. He has to be one of the most devoted Rice alums to all things Rice. Rest in peace.
With prayers for your peace, strength and comfort,
Shirley Dittert Grunert

Cheryl Duillo

September 25, 2020

My husband and I have known John & Harriet Wolda for as long as we have been neighbors on the same block. John was a very kind and caring person and just wonderful to have as a neighbor. He will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace and god bless you.

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