Poltash, Wolfgang Joseph a 57 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2010 in Redondo Beach. Born in Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, Wolfgang was 59 when he died. Wolfgang was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hawthorne. Wolfgang (Wolfie) graduated from Hawthorne High in 1969 and attended El Camino College. His passion for travel soared when he was hired by Luftahansa German Airlines in 1976 as a Cargo Agent. He retired from Lufthansa in 2004 and continued to work for Swissport until his death. Wolfie has been a member of two vintage aircraft operators in Europe and enjoyed countless trips accross the Atlantic. He was an avid reader and enjoyed mysteries and tales of Old Europe. Wolfgang is survived by his father, Joseph Poltash of Hawthorne, CA; and his brother, Roland Poltash of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ingeborg Poltash. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday March 24 from 4 to 7pm. Services will be private.

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  1. To Wolfgang ~ You were a great neighbor, we will miss our short conversations we had when meeting in the street and the teasing between you and Howard. Our condolences to the family of Wolfgang. Howard & Connie Trippy Lucia Avenue Redondo Beach

  2. Rest in Peace my Friend I am shocked ! We shared a lot of great times, great conversations, and lots of laughs. You will truely be missed. You left us much too young !! You had so much life in you. My condolences to your Father, and Brother Roland

  3. Roland, We want to let you know that you have our greatest sympathy, and our hearts are truly saddened. Wolfgang was more than just a brother to you, he was also a close friend. Keep him close to you with fond memories and stories of your travel adventures. If there is anything that we can do to help you in anyway, please do not hesitate to call us at anytime. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. With our deepest sympathy, Annalei and Scott

  4. Reynaldo…I know Wolfie was not only your brother, but your best friend. May all the fond memories of your many travels together get you through this difficult time. Love ya…MJ

  5. Wolfie, I’m still in shock.. right away your wonderful picturesque stories come to mind. You always shared your adventures with me with vivid memories and pictures. Thank you for the memories and all the wonderful chats. I have yet to visit the place you always encouraged me to go to. Now, I will do so in your honor My condolences to those you’ve left behind loving you..

  6. My Dear Friend Roland, Interesting this journey of life. One week I am laughing and celebrating good news with you, the next…saddened by the loss of your friend and brother. You are in our prayers for strength as you navigate these next days and weeks. Condolences to you and your father. Blessings of love, Doreen and Tom

  7. wolfie, I am deeply saddened to know of your passing. I will always remember all the stories and jokes you shared with me. Thank you for being such a great friend. You’re in heaven now I know along with the other angels. My thoughts and prayers to wolfie’s family.

  8. Wolfie: You were always great to be with, you will be missed! May you always have a seat in front of the curtain! Pat

  9. Dear Roland and Joseph, My deepest sympathies for the passing of a dear friend and colleague, Wolfgang (Wolfie). I kept in touch with him over the years and actually spoke with him about 2 weeks ago. We were planning to meet for pizza and catch up… Life is cruel and now he is gone. I will always remember him fondly. His many stories about his travels, his trains and his Sherlock Holmes.

  10. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Poltash family. Wolfie was a close friend of mine, who I met years ago while working for Lufthansa. We shared many laughs and stories. I will always remember you Wolfie.. thank you for always remembering me, and bringing me a souvenir and post card from your trips around the world.. your memory will always remain in my heart.God has a new angel who will keep him smiling…

  11. Roland, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of trial and sorrow. I know how special your relationship with your brother is and can’t imagine the loss you must feel. Please let me know if I can help in any way. Ron

  12. Wolfie, I know you’re in heaven with your beloved mother. I’ll miss our lunches and rides along the beach. I’ll remember all the stories of your travels and will think of you when I see the planes at 30,000 feet. My condolences to you dad and to your brother.

  13. Dear family, I was so sorry to hear about Wolfie’s passing. He was really a great guy with a great sense of humor and always a pleasure to be around. Once on a flight from San Antonio to LA we both happened to be coming home together. We had a lot of laughs and talked all the way home. He will be missed greatly. Don Haratani

  14. Roland, I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of your brother. My friend, you are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that your many happy memories provide some comfort in your loss. Doc

  15. Wolfgang, With sadness we heard of your passing.We remember you fondly – your laughter,your sense of humor and your kindness. It seems that a light went out,now that you have left. Perhaps God called you early to send you on another mission. We who stay behind are grateful to have known you. Farewell dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers to your family.

  16. Dear Poltash Family: I am deeply saddened by the abrupt departure of Wolfie. I have countless precious moments and good memories of time we spent together working at Lufthansa. He was always very ingenious, positive and fun person to talk. I am with you during this time of grief. Norma Pulido

  17. Dear Poltash Family, Wolfie will be missed! May God continue to Bless you with his warmth and comfort.

  18. Dear Joseph & Roland, We knew Wolfgang well after working with him for many years. His humor and spirit is what we remember well. Wolfgang you will be missed, you left us too soon.

  19. Wolfie…one of the nicest people I’ve known! On the day you didn’t show up for work, it scared me! I prayed for your safety. I was just hoping that you had some sort of an emergency you needed to attend to. When I heard of your passing away, it overwhelmed me with grief. You were one of the funniest and energetic people I’ve known. You’ve shown me a caring side of yours when you gave me a card when you heard of my mom’s passing away. It was the sweetiest thing someone has done for me. You’ll always be remembered! May God have mercy on your soul! My deepest condolence on the family!

  20. Ach , Wolfie … too soon did you depart on this last journey. You leave a big empty void in our lives. As much as it hurts myself to have lost you as a dear and valued friend , as much do I know that your dad and your brother must miss you even more. Dear Joe and Roland – my deepest condolences , my heart is filled with sadness knowing that you had to suffer such a tragic loss. All that remains now are the fond memories of Wolfie and having had the opportunity to share our lives with him. Bon voyage , Wolfie….

  21. Roland, Very sorry to hear about your Brother.. WE will Keep you Your family in our Prayers…

  22. Roland, Please know we are thinking of you and our prayers are with you and your father in this very difficult time.

  23. Roland, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I remember the fond stories you shared about your travels with your brother. May those fond memories provide the strength to get you through this time of sorrow. You and your Dad are in my prayers. Love & Regards, Thelma

  24. Dear Roland and family – We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful brother/son/friend/travel partner and family member. We wish you peace in the days ahead. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are here for you. Please let us know what we can do. Love & Sympathy, Mary Mason & Ricky Carmona

  25. Dear Roland and the Poltash Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for your loss of your beloved brother. Roland, I know you and Wolfgang shared many “flights” together and I dearly hope you can take comfort and cherish all the fond times you shared as brothers. Love, Sherri Hermance

  26. Since I heard in the evening of 31st March of Wolfie’s unexpected sudden death, I am deeply distressed, because I lost a true, close friend, who was helpful and reliable at any time. Almost 30 years, we have had regular long distance calls, where we talked for hours about everything, we had experienced in the meantime, also on our common Empathy for all types of animals and, in particular, we discussed the many books we have read. It will hardly be a day, when I will not miss my dear, good friend, who will always be deep in my mind. The good memories of him will accompany me to the end of my life and with each candle, which I will light in the future, I will think of him, as I have previously done on his request for his mother. My sincere condolences to Joseph and Roland Poltash! In this sad time, my thoughts and prayers are with you, and I am convinced that Wolfie’s immortal soul is now united with his mother’s.

  27. Dear Roland and Joseph, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother and son.I wish you both strength and Peace during this very difficult time. Wolfgang and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

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