Wolfgang Bitterolf, 76, of Crescent, died on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at U.P.M.C. Shadyside. He was born in Vienna, Austria on June 15, 1941, the son of the late Karl and Hilda (Weiner) Bitterolf.
Wolfgang spent most of his youth in Caracas, Venezuela. He travelled to Austria at 16 to continue his education before returning to Caracas for a career in marketing. It was here that Wolfgang met this cute Catholic girl from the U.S. Her name was Faith. He wooed her with his guitar and Spanish love songs; they were married in 1969 and had two sons. The Bitterolf family moved to the U.S. in late 1978, finally settling in Pittsburgh where Wolfgang was the marketing director at Vesuvius Crucible. But Wolfgang was his own boss, and in 1984 he founded Bitterolf Marketing which he managed successfully for over 30 years before he retired in January of 2015.
Wolfgang was brilliant and curious and something of an autodidact. A true gearhead and tinkerer, Wolfgang did electrical work, photography, made his own picture frames, designed model train sets, taught himself computers, made videos, designed websites, played accordion, guitar, piano, and he spoke three languages fluently. English was his third language, and he spoke it better than most of “yinz”!
Wolfgang is survived by his wife of 47 years, Faith (Timlin) Bitterolf; sons Paul Bitterolf (Jori) and Stephen Bitterolf (Jennifer Bailly); four grandchildren, Jackson, Willem, Henri, and James; and his sister Dagmar Schwertberger.
Friends are invited to a Memorial Gathering on Sunday, November 5th from 1-5PM at the Huntsman Funeral Home in Moon Township, 1522 Coraopolis Heights Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 6th at 11am at St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, Crescent. Interment will take place at a later date in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Santa’s Kids (santas-kids.org) which was previously known as the Spirit of Christmas. This was a charitable organization that Wolfgang was involved with for over a decade. Donations may also be made in Wolfgang’s memory to Angels’ Place, an organization in Southfield, Michigan that provides support for adults with developmental disabilities (angelsplace.com).