The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 8, 2014

Family support continues

CLINTON It hasn't been easy for the Wolfe family during the past few months.

When Susan, known as Suzy, and Sarah Wolfe were found dead on Feb. 7 in Pittsburgh, the Gateway area rallied around the family, and hundreds of supporters attended the funeral service in Clinton.

Three months later, that support is still happening, and Suzy and Sarah's mom, Pierette Wolfe, doesn't know what she would have done without that backing.

"I couldn't have gotten through these last months without the love and support from the community in general," Pierrette said. "Everyone has been very nice to us."

The family recently received a painting in memory of the sisters from the YWCA. Suzy worked at the YWCA with children in the childcare and preschool area.

The painting memorialized a book given by Suzy to the YWCA titled "Leo the Lightening Bug."

It now hangs in the back room of the Wolfe Law Office in Clinton, where Suzy and Sarah's dad, Jack, and sister, Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe, practice law.

"It's really beautiful," Pierrette said.

The painting features fireflies escaping from a jar. To create the fireflies, the students began by using crayons on paper, giving particular attention to adding green to make the light like Leo from the book, according to a plaque explaining the project. The drawings were then watercolored and applied to the painting.

The plaque stated two kittens named Suzy and Sarah decided to knock over the jar and free the fireflies.

Pierrette said Suzy and Sarah loved animals, especially cats.

"We designated some of the memorial funds specifically to education materials to preschoolers and younger," Pierrette said. "We're very appreciative of the YWCA's support."

Those funds were in addition to memorials given to the YWCA Crisis Center.

It's not only the support from local entities that has continued. The Wolfe family has received several pieces of correspondence from people outside the community, including colleagues of Sarah and Suzy's in Pittsburgh.

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