CHRISTINE FAILING LOSCH WOLFGANG – 48 – Educator -
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Christine Failing Losch Wolfgang, a teacher at Lakeland High School, never got a chance to see the tribute of purple ribbons and signs that her students and fellow faculty members displayed on a fence outside of the school Friday. Signs were hung that read "We Love You Mrs. Losch Wolfgang" and "Dreadnaughts Battle Everything Together." When told Thursday about the ribbons and signs, she smiled and responded "cool," said her good friend and fellow teacher, Janene Fitzpatrick. Mrs. Wolfgang, an algebra and pre-algebra teacher for atrisk students at Lakeland High, died at home Sunday (Nov. 23, 2003) after a five-month battle with cancer.
She was born in Oak Park, Ill., on June 8, 1955. She came to Lakeland after graduating from MacMurray College with a degree in deaf education. Her career with the Polk County School Board spanned 27 years.
She taught at Oscar J. Pope, Southwest Junior High School and Lakeland High School, where she had been for the last
7 1/2 years. She was recently featured on national television for her involvement in the Lakeland Pink Flamingo Queens, a women's group that she and several other women founded.
Mrs. Wolfgang and her husband, Clem, were married February 2, 2002. "She was so vibrant. The first time that I ever laid eyes on her, I knew she was special," Clem Wolfgang said. "She always had a smile for everybody, no matter how bad the situation." She was active with the Girl Scouts of America, serving as a Brownie leader and a Junior Girl Scout leader. She was a Longaberger basket consultant, and a member of the Shining Stars branch. She was a majorette sponsor at Southwest and LHS. She was a faculty sponsor of the Debonettes service club. She attended St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wolfgang is survived by her father, Ron Failing, Illinois; daughters, Holly Losch and Amanda Losch, both of Lakeland; and siblings, Jeffrey, Kelley, Patrick, and Michael, all of Illinois.
Visitation will be this evening at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1820 State Road 540 A, Lakeland.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to cancer research. Central Florida Casket Store, Lakeland. – Lakeland Ledger, Nov. 25, 2003