January 6, 2023
Rolf Wahl, 89, of Highland Lake, NY, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023 at Garnet Health Medical Center – Harris, NY. Rolf was born in New York City (Queens), NY.
Rolf served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Rolf was a retired Television Video Engineer in New York City. He worked on many TV shows including the Merv Griffin Show and Sesame Street. He filmed Big Bird’s first episode. Throughout his career he traveled the world filming live events including Barbara Streisand’s Central Park concert in 1967, the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other events.
He was a member of St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, Shohola, PA and Koinonia Camp, Highland Lake, NY. He was a member of the Highland Seniors.
Rolf and his wife Ruth enjoyed vacationing at Highland Lake since the 70’s. They made Highland Lake their permanent residence 12 years ago.
A family statement reads: “Rolf was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Almost everyone called him Opa. He adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed working on his trains indoors and outdoors. One of his favorite things to do was to show off his outdoor trains to friends and family. He loved swimming and taking boat rides on the lake and his favorite part of the day was 2 pm “Kaffe und Kuchen” (coffee and cake). Oma always had something sweet to eat.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years: Ruth (Haizmann) Wahl, son: Ralph Wahl of Chestnut Ridge, NY, daughter: Susan Vorstadt and her husband Thomas of Highland Lake, NY, two grandchildren: Erika Jennings of Barryville, NY and Peter Vorstadt of Brooklyn, NY and Rolf’s twin sister: Marianne Schruhl of Park Ridge, NJ.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made in Rolf’s name to: Koinonia Camp 165 Lake View Dr., Highland Lake, NY 12743 or St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, 108 Glen Dr., Shohola, PA 18458
Arrangements are the care of the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home, 3412 Sr 97, Barryville, NY 12719 845-557-8010