Elizabeth Samuel

Elizabeth Samuel


June 22, 1942 - October 9, 2022


Elizabeth Samuel Wolfer, 80, formerly of Buckeye, AZ, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2022, in White Lake, SD. Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Saturday, October 15, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Bath, PA where Elizabeth will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Elizabeth Samuel Wolfer was born June 22, 1942, in Bidar, India as the youngest daughter of Rev. J. Samuel and Narsamma Samuel and granddaughter of Shri S. Jothappa, the first converted Christian man from Marjapur-Bidar, India.

Elizabeth was nurtured in Christian faith and attended both Methodist Mission School and Norma Fendrich High School in Bidar. She was an accomplished track and field athlete, excelling in the long jump event.

While in India, Elizabeth received her B.A. degree in Teachers Training (1965), an M.A. in Economics (1967) and a B. Ed (1971) in Education at Karnataka University in Dharwar, India. She moved to the United States in 1971 and continued to further her education, receiving an M.S. in Education (1974) at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, and finally receiving her Administrator Training - ADM (1995) at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Education and teaching were Elizabeth’s life’s work, serving in the positions of teacher, principal, and superintendent. She was devoted to her students and was committed to providing financial support to many of her nieces and nephews in India to help further their education. She was active in soliciting and contributing to the financial support of maintaining the operations of Christian educational institutions in Bidar.

Elizabeth met her husband, Dr. George Wolfer, when they both served as teachers in Aberdeen. They were married on December 29, 1984 in Tucson, AZ and moved to Buckeye, AZ in 1999. Their lives were filled with teaching, reading, art, music, and traveling. Their travels included Germany, England, Mexico, The U.S Virgin Islands, and India. They enjoyed visiting family members throughout the world. She was respected for her ability to recall significant family life events and held the prestige of family historian.

She is survived by her stepson, Jeffrey Wolfer of Upper Saddle River, NJ. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Esther Samuel of Sioux Falls, SD; brother-in-law, Anand Michael and his children Veeresh and Sapna Michael of Jackson, MS; sister-in-law, Triza Samuel of Moreno Valley, CA; nephews: Eric Samuel of Moreno Valley, CA, David (Eugenie) Samuel of Culver City, CA, Rev. Sunand “Sunny” Kumar (Leela) Samuel of Sioux Falls, SD, Divisha (Rani) Samuel of Sioux Falls, SD, Dayal (Ruby) Barnabas of Bangalore, India, Edison (Margarette) Samuel of Pasadena, CA, and Shannon Hakeem of Santa Fe, NM; nieces, Anita (Roy) Cavazos of Phoenix, AZ, Shirin Samuel of Pasadena, CA, Sheba (Kris) Krotzinger of Denver, CO, and Sylvia (David) Lancaster of Omaha, NE; and many other family members throughout the world, particularly in the United States and India.

Elizabeth is preceded in death by her husband, George Wolfer; brothers, Anand Samuel, Devadas Samuel, Rev. Jothaya Samuel, George Samuel, Rev. M. Manick Samuel, Dr. Nelson Samuel; and sister, Rev. Sue Michael.



Saturday, October 15, 2022
1:30 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Sacred Heart Cemetery
Bath, PA

Posted by Shannon Hakeem on October 25, 2022
My mother Sue Hakeem told me “ if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything “
So ……
Posted by Anita Jacob-Mylatore on October 15, 2022
Grateful to have met Elizabeth Aunty a couple times in California. She was always so welcoming. Sending my love to all the family. Rest in peace and God Bless. with love from, Anita Jacob - Mylatore, daughter of Albert Jacob and her family
Posted by Asha Gyani Praveen on October 15, 2022
So sorry to hear the sad news about dear Elsaunty. I fondly remember her visits to our parents house before she moved to USA and even after her move to USA. She visited us with her husband. She was very affectionate, loving and bold lady. He laughter was infectious. John and I visited her I. Buckeye AZ few years ago. She invited us and made awesome Indian food. She made aware of my Paternal grandmother relation to her family. They came from the same village in Bidar. Wow. She is now in the loving arms of her Savior Jesus. My prayer for peace and comfort to entire family. 🙏🏽. Thanks Appu and Rani for posting wonderful tribute in her honor. Special love to Esther Aunty.💕 Asha and John Praveen
Posted by Sebastian Vinay Raj on October 15, 2022
Thank you Appu maama for the beautiful obituary. Ajji was a wonderful person, always welcoming everyone around her with her beautiful smile. she had a lot of love and warmth with which she touched all the people who she came across. Her death has left a void in all our hearts which can never be filled. She was the bridge between all the extended families and through whom we all connected. It is impossible for anyone to fill in her shoes but we can all only try to live upto her and continue her legacy. She will forever be remembered and forever missed.
Posted by Sunil George on October 15, 2022
Thank you very much for sharing wonderful tribute to Elizabeth aunty, truly she was ever loving and with full of helping nature, its a great blessing to see her last days when things seem very hard that showed His mercy upon aunty by making a place in His kingdom, she was the last Samuel family member and has left this also last with all God's promises in her life, you are always Remembered Elizabeth aunty, miss you aunty Nephew, Sunil George, Bidar,
Posted by Dayal Barnabas, Bangalore on October 15, 2022
Many thanks to Appu Bhaya for sharing this very thoughtful, timely and a beautiful tribute to a great soul.. our dear " Elisaunty ".. she was very affectionate and ever smiling aunty to all of her greater family and kin back home in India. Saddened although but in the knowledge and comfort of the fact that she gloriously called it a day while she slept in the Lord to claim her place in God's Kingdom is indeed a fact forcwhich we would like to thank our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Will like place on record the exemplary way all the nephews & nieces rose to the challenge of tending to her needs, care and comfort during the last days of her journey on thisearth. We all loved her tremendously for her warmth, kindness, love and affectionate nature of sharing her love with all her relatives and friends alike. She has left a voice difficult to fill among the stalwarts of her family. Pray her soul may rest in peace and be comforted in the arms and bosom of God Almighty. May all of us in the US, India & all other places of the world be strengthened by her life and testimony of love and care. God bless..Amen.
Posted by Liza Brinckmeyer on October 14, 2022
What an amazing story told with these photos. It was as if seeing her through her wonderful life; filled with so many fascinsting eperiences!!
Mosr touching was.seeing up close just how blessed she was with the love of her very special and attentive family. ❤❤ I am grateful for the couple of years that I had with Elizabeth *My Dearest Friend in the world* .. She touched my heart in so many ways. I miss her as my wonderful neighbor and DEAR FRIEND. 💕 however, I will hold her close in my ❤ forever. God bless you all. I also am thankful for meeting Dee & Roni and Sylvia. Thank you for your kindness to me as well. God places people in our lives for a reason, season or life & us all being from SD is a fascinating bond . I am so sorry for your loss. With luv n hugs. I am so very grateful that I had the time with her that I did. She also was very kind and caring towards me; and I do miss her everyday. 💔💔 Elizabeth and her family and friends will all be in my prayers. 🙏🙏
Posted by Clement Leslie on October 14, 2022
I met “Aunty” during a difficult time in her life. As her attorney I was very touched by her gracious and forgiving spirit. It was a true testimony of her love for God. Her promotion to glory is sad but brings me joy, knowing that she is with her Savior. May God bless and comfort her extended family.
Posted by Rachel V. Rao on October 14, 2022
I met Elsa Ajji in person just a few years back by phone and then in person at a family gathering. She spoke with great enthusiasm about her life and dedication to her students. She also loved to keep in touch with all the family and relatives and told me about the school she supported in Bidar. She and Sukku Ajji, her sister, who was an educator and Pastor and their brother Nelson Tata, are a great inspiration to me and many others. They continued our family's (Jyothaya Tata's descendents) legacy of service to the church and community.
Thank you for the beautiful tribute to Eliza Ajji. May God bless her soul abundantly.
Thank you Elsa Ajji for your light. Love you.
Posted by Ravi Kumar Sundara Raju on October 14, 2022
My deepest condolences to the family. Remembing Aunty's visits to Bidar and all the good times shared.
Posted by Rev Sumanth D. Saradigi Kalaburagi i on October 14, 2022
It's great shock hear the news regarding demise E Samuel. Kindly convey our deepest condolences. May Heavenly Father console Comfort the bereaved family members.
Posted by Eric David Jacob on October 13, 2022
Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to Elizabeth aunty. She is the last direct descendant of Jotappa First convert to christianity in Bidar.Rest in his arms Aunty. You will always be remembered. Nephew Eric Sunny David Jacob
Posted by Eric David Jacob on October 13, 2022
Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to Elizabeth aunty. She is the last direct descendant of Jotappa First convert to christianity in Bidar.Rest in his arms Aunty. You will always be remembered. Nephew Eric Sunny David Jacob
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