Leanne O. Wolff Langenderfer, 81, of Tiffin, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.
She was born July 14, 1932, in Cromers, to George Orton and Edna (Rogers) Omwake. She married James R. Wolff June 19, 1955, at Shiloh Methodist Church, Cromers, and he preceded her in death Dec. 6, 1978. She then married Paul H. Langenderfer May 22, 1982, and he preceded her in death May 24, 2001.
She is survived by two sons, Matthew R. Wolff, MD, of Cross Plains, Wis., and Wayne A. Wolff, JD, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; daughter, Rebecca Wolff of Washington, D.C.; five stepchildren, Glen, Gary, Mark and Donna Langenderfer and Doris Lucius; seven grandchildren, Emily Wolff, Paige Wolff, Ryleigh Wolff, Erin Wolff, Alison Wolff, Sebastian Torti and Maximilian Torti; six stepgrandchildren, Tim, Brian, Matthew, Eric, Beth and Traci Langenderfer; two stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Roger Omwake, DVM, of Onancock, Va.; and two sisters, Dorothy Cretcher of San Miguel, Mexico, and Carol McCallion of Dallas, Texas.
Leanne graduated from Heidelberg in 1954 with majors in biology and education. After graduation, she studied botany at The Ohio State University and earned master's and Ph.D. degrees in communication from Bowling Green State University.
She joined the Heidelberg faculty in 1963, retiring as professor emerita of communication in 1995. While at Heidelberg, she served as the forensics coach for 17 years and department chair of Communications and Theater Arts for 20 years. She developed programs in interpersonal and family communication, started the public relations major and served on the committee that created the award-winning Total Student Development program in the '70s. During her career, she was repeatedly recognized for excellence in her field.
As an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Leanne was a lay speaker, member of St. Paul's United Methodist Women and was a board member of numerous church committees. Her years of dedicated service to the Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen included chair of the board from 1989-1998. As a charter member of the Tiffin Seneca League of Women Voters, she served on the board as both president and co-president. Leanne also was a member of Sandusky Scenic River Advisory Committee from 1982-1999.
Leanne also enjoyed gardening, barn photography, bird watching, book discussion groups and genealogy.
Her memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Hannah Tucker officiating.
A private burial took place at Fairmont Cemetery, Tiffin.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to the James R. and Leanne O. Wolff Scholarship in care of the Institutional Advancement Office at Heidelberg University, 310 E. Market St., Tiffin OH 44883 or the Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen in care of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 46 Madison St., Tiffin, OH 44883.
Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, Tiffin, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.