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February 12, 2014

Wolfe family remembers Susan and Sarah

CLINTON — Susan and Sarah Wolfe were always considered the little sisters.

Sarah would follow around her older sister Jenny, assisting in the record distribution company as a grade schooler. Suzy would find ways to help her older siblings, just to catch a moment of their time.

Helping others came easy to the two sisters.

Sarah spent five years caring for older sister Mary's son, thinking Mary was doing her a favor by letting her help raise John.

Suzy would lend her vehicle to her neighbors while teaching in the Chicago Schools system.

That's just the way Jack and Pierrette Wolfe raised their children — all eight of them to be exact.

And when Sarah and Suzy were found shot to death Friday in their home in East Liberty, Pa., the Clinton and Pittsburgh community have rallied around a family that was taught long ago about the importance of helping others.

"I am grateful for the hundreds of people that have reached out to me, just to let me know they are thinking of me and my whole family," said Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe, the oldest of the Wolfe siblings. "That means so much to me and I'm proud to be representing such loving and compassionate people."

No arrests have been made in what Pittsburgh police are calling a homicide.

The incident has been difficult to process for the family, and for Pierrette, the situation doesn't seem real.

"I'm surprised I can keep functioning," Pierrette said. "I'm surprised I'm not totally falling apart. It might hit me later. And I guess, I also have the feeling that lots of people in this world suffer and have horrible things happen to them. We're not immune."

With that suffering comes a possibility of seeing the person or people responsible for this crime.

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