Wolfe sisters, killed in East Liberty, remembered as 'incredible'

Hundreds attend slain sisters’ funerals in their native Iowa

CLINTON, Iowa -- A common theme resonated during the funerals Friday for two sisters slain last week in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood.

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 that followed 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 here.

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

The Rev. 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 the oldest sibling, Iowa state Rep. Mary Wolfe.

"Both of my little sisters were incredible," she said at the luncheon. "Make sure you know how fabulous your family is and tell them that every day."

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

Legislators from the state capital of Des Moines weren't the only group to travel for the services. Many colleagues of Sarah Wolfe, 38, a triple board certified psychiatrist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, traveled from Pittsburgh to offer support.

They read a statement and even displayed a shirt honoring their membership in Sarah's "Wolfe Pack."

"[Sarah] was sincere in helping her patients in every way," the statement read. "Her contributions to the community were huge. Sarah changed and saved many lives."

Susan, 44, known as "Suzy" to family and friends, recently moved to East Liberty to live with Sarah, who served children, adolescents and families at Western Psych.

Claudia Roth, president and CEO of Western Psych and vice president of behavioral health for UPMC, also released a statement on Sarah's value to the health network.

"She was known as a very compassionate, warm, caring and bright physician who was praised by patients, families, staff and colleagues," Dr. Roth said.

Sarah moved to Pittsburgh after she earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa in 2007. Susan Wolfe joined her sister in Pittsburgh about four months ago.

Susan was a teaching assistant at Hillel Academy in Squirrel Hill. She was remembered during the funeral for her time at the YWCA here and at L'Arche USA, an organization that works with people with developmental disabilities.

Clinton YWCA executive director Shannon Sander-Welzien said the group was humbled by the Wolfe family's decision to make it one of the organizations to receive memorial contributions.

"She was a terrific person to be around," Ms. Sander-Welzien said of Susan. "She just lit up when working with children."


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