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Dick Wolff, Founder of Woodbury’s Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf, Dies (Updated)

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Dick Wolff, the founder of the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. He was 78.

“He was just a servant,” said Tim Hayden, a member of the food shelf board who knew Wolff for about seven years.

Hayden recalled a Bible passage about Jesus feeding people when they were hungry and giving them something to drink when they were thirsty.

“That reminds me so much of Dick,” he said.

Memorial service Sunday, Jan. 13, 4:30 p.m. at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road. Visitation begins at 3:30 p.m. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

The Christian Cupboard Emergency Fool Shelf will celebrate its 30th year in 2013.

Wolff had been experiencing health issues lately and was at the hospital when he told nurses he was feeling better and asked them to call his children, but succumbed a short time later, said Tim Marshall, pastor for pastorial care ministries at Woodbury Lutheran Church.

Wolff was a St. Paul native who worked at 3M for 35 years, according to his obituary.

Alisa Rabin-Bell, executive director of the Woodbury Community Foundation, said Wolff had a vision of helping the hungry in the Woodbury area and worked hard to achieve that goal.

“He will be sorely missed,” she said. “The Foundation appreciated his dedication and hard work and love. He had a real heart for giving and making sure people didn’t go hungry.”

Hayden said Wolff, whose wife Sharron also helped found the food shelf, was a dedicated volunteer, helping people with rent or food or whatever was needed from the community’s less fortunate.

“Dick was always there,” Hayden said.

 

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Ce January 12, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I volunteered at the food shelf when I was out of work, Dick was a kind, generous man who gave so much to our community. Prayers and condolences to his family.
Kris Janisch January 12, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I had a bad date in there for the funeral. Got it updated. Trying to find who sent it to me so I can get it cleared up.
Mady January 13, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Such a Huge loss and a Tremendous Heart. Dick and his wife Sharon are Wonderful Loving Caring People (Angels at Heart) ...Thank You both for Everything you have given from your time, love, caring and support...you have helped my family with many blessings...May you rest in peace Dick Wolff and my condolences to you Sharon and your family!!! Blessings...
Paul January 13, 2013 at 05:24 PM
May he spend Eternity in Heaven.
Lori Engesser January 14, 2013 at 01:28 PM
I was on the board when the Christian Cupboard was founded and worked with both Dick and Sharon off and on for years. Dick always had a warm smile and had a genuine concern for all the individuals that passed through the doors of the Christian Cupboard. When the scouts had their big food drives, Dick was right there bright and early with loads of encouragement and big thanks to the scouts. Both he and Sharon were a joy to work with! Dick, you played your part well, rest in peace: Matthew 25:23 "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

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