‘The Young and The Restless’ star Kate Linder mourns the loss of her mother

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Kate Linder
Kate Linder. Photo Credit: Ed McGowan, Plain Joe Studios

“The Young and The Restless” star Kate Linder mourns the loss of her mother Molly Wolveck, who made two guest appearances on the hit CBS daytime drama.

Molly Wolveck, 98, passed away on June 1, 2023. She was born on November 20, 1924, in Los Angeles, an only child, to Henry and Esther Mandelbaum, who owned a local dry cleaning store. Molly grew up in Pasadena and on a trip to Lake Gregory at age 16, she serendipitously met the love of her life, her future husband, Ralph Wolveck. Three years later they married on March 21, 1943. The two worked together at the local Market Basket grocery store and when Ralph got a job as an usher at a local theatre, Molly went to see a movie every day to spend more time with him.

Molly was instrumental in helping her husband start his CPA firm and run it. The couple eventually settled in Arcadia and were happily married for 70 years, until he passed away in 2013. They both were known for their incredible work ethic and Molly continued to run the business until her passing.

Molly was a devoted and supportive mother to Kate and Randy and was an avid theatregoer, philanthropist and patron of the arts. After years of watching “The Young and the Restless” from the very first episode, she was delighted when her daughter, Kate Linder, joined the cast of one of her favorite shows nine years later, and even more thrilled when she and her husband made a guest appearance on the show together. Molly made a second guest appearance on the show in 2017.

Molly was also extremely active, enjoyed many nights of dinner and theatre, family season tickets to cheer on their favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, which she loved to discuss with her son, Randy Wolveck. Molly played tennis into her 90s, as well as golf and to satisfy her zest for life, she bravely went skydiving on her 70th birthday.

There was never a party that she wanted to miss and was a familiar and welcome face at many Hollywood and arts events in Los Angeles and Pasadena over the past several decades. She was still attending events and retaining her enjoyment for life as recently as days before she passed.

Molly Wolveck is survived by her daughter Kate, (whose late husband Ron passed away), and her son Randy, and his wife Gina, and her 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and scores of nieces and nephews, and she adored all of them. Molly was loved and admired by all who knew her.

Donations can be made to the Molly Wolveck Memorial Fund at the Lupus Foundation of America, by clicking here.