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February 14, 2014

Iowa town mourns murdered sisters

Pittsburgh police searching for killer or killers



Brother John Wolfe, 49, spoke for the family, recalling the fun time they had together at one of Susan’s birthday parties that no one could remember.

“That’s just it,” he said. “As time goes on, memories will fade. But we’ll remember our sisters by the work they did in how much they helped anyone who needed it.”

Sister Mary, the oldest of the siblings at 50 and a state legislator, spoke later at a reception for the family. “Both of my little sisters were incredible,” she said. “Make sure you know how fabulous your family is and tell them that everyday.”

Residents of this eastern Iowa community, hard by the Mississippi River, embraced the family and poured out their sympathies over the shocking double-murder throughout the week.

“The support around town has been marvelous,” said Polly Bukta, a friend of the family and state legislator. “It’s just been overwhelming. They’re (the family) very grateful for it.”

The Wolfes settled in Iowa in 1966. The father, an attorney, met his wife, Pierette, a New York City native, when both were students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and working on John F. Kennedy’s  successful 1960 presidential campaign. They moved to Clinton from Des Moines in 1975.

The Wolfe family expanded fast, with the eight children born within 12 years – between 1964 and 1976. Susan and Sarah were the youngest. Both were known as outgoing and always ready to help a friend or person in need.

Dr. Claudia M. Roth, the head of Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic in Pittsburgh, said Sarah was known as a “warm, caring and bright physician who was praised by patients, families, staff and colleagues” at the clinic.

Both sisters graduated from the University of Iowa, with Sarah going on to obtain her medical degree there. She did her residency at the Pittsburgh clinic and later joined the staff.

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