Bärbel Olf, 69, Tiverton

Bärbel Olf, 69, Tiverton


Bärbel (Wegener) Olf, age 69, of Löffingen, Germany and, recently, Tiverton, peacefully passed away on April 5, 2013, after a valiant battle with a rare form of cancer – Adinocarcinoma of the Ampulla of Vater. She was the daughter of the late Otto Wegener of Bad Sassendorf, Germany, and the late Adele (Bause) Wegener of Soest, Germany.

Bärbel had an adventurous life as the loving wife of the late Dr. Johannes Olf, who began his career as Economic and Agricultural adviser to President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia. Dr. Olf went on to become a Director in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, a position which took the family to many exotic locales.

Bärbel assembled households with husband and two children in several places in the world, including Jakarta, Indonesia; Rome, Italy; St. Kitts, British West Indies; Mogadishu, Somalia; Harare, Zimbabwe, and spent over 16 years in Lusaka, Zambia. After losing her husband to a sudden illness in 1989, she returned to reside with her parents in the Black Forest of Germany, where she resided until November, 2012, when she came to the United States for treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

In recent years, Bärbel was an English, French and History tutor for students in her home town of Löffingen, Germany. She had a love of raising and training dogs, and was especially fond of her two St. Bernards, Maggie and Donna, and Labrador Retriever, Clooney.

Bärbel is survived by her son, Ronald Olf, his wife, Chéri, and their three children, Evan, Aidan and Camryn, of Tiverton; her daughter, Kirsten Olf of Southsea, England; her granddaughter, Katrin Olf of Leicester, England; and her baby great-grandson, Adam. She also leaves sister-in-Law, Ottilie Fenske, and her nephew and niece, Peter and Erika Fenske, of Ludwigshaven, Germany.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Parish, 265 Stafford Road, Tiverton, on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a,m. Internment of cremains will be at a later date in Löffingen, Germany.

In lieu of flowers, gifts made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are appreciated to support cancer research and patient care: In memory of Barbel Olf, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 -or- online at www.dana-farber.org/gift.