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February 14, 2014

Area celebrates lives of Susan, Sarah Wolfe at funeral

CLINTON — A common theme resonated during funeral services Friday for two sisters slain last week in East Liberty, Pa.

Susan and Sarah Wolfe were remembered as caring and helpful by colleagues, friends and family members during a service at Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Church and a luncheon at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Clinton.

Hundreds attended the services for the sisters, who were two of Jack and Pierrette Wolfe's eight children. The six daughters and two sons grew up in Clinton and graduated from schools in Clinton.

Jack came back to the area in 1975 as the county's first public defender and has been a longtime operator of Wolfe Law Office in Clinton.

The sisters were found shot to death in their East Liberty home on Feb. 7. No arrests have been made and police are continuing the investigation.

Father Kenneth Kuntz said the sisters were always there for people who couldn't help themselves.

And that theme carried on through everyone who spoke, including oldest sibling, Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe.

"Both of my little sisters were incredible," Mary said at the luncheon following the services. "Make sure you know how fabulous your family is and tell them that everyday."

Mary's colleagues in the Iowa Legislature came to Clinton to support the two-term representative. Several were in attendance during the funeral service, including Iowa House Minority Leader Mark Smith.

The family has commented multiple times about the gratitude of support from the community, including from legislators at the Iowa State Capitol.

"Many of my colleagues attended the funeral today and have shown tremendous support toward my family," Mary said.

Legislators from Des Moines weren't the only group to travel for the services. Many of Sarah's colleagues traveled from Pittsburgh to offer support.

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