Mount Mercy mourns the loss of Sister Mary Wilma Wolf

Sister Mary Wilma Wolf, RSM, 97, who served God as a member of the Sisters of Mercy for nearly 80 years, died June 9, 2015, at Mercy Hallmar in Cedar Rapids after a brief illness.

Services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, at the Chapel of Mercy on the Mount Mercy University campus, by the Rev. Jim Brockman. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 15, at Sacred Heart Chapel, with a wake service at 6:30 p.m. Arrangements are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.

Sister Mary Wilma was born April 2, 1918, in Little Cedar, Iowa, the daughter of William and Sophia (Miller) Wolf.

She attended Mount Mercy College from 1941 to 1943. She received her bachelor's degree in home economics from the University of Iowa in 1943 and her master's degree in 1944, majoring in home economics and minoring in biochemistry.

Sister Mary Wilma became an instructor at Mount Mercy in 1945 and taught until 1988.

“Sister Mary Wilma always had a deep care and concern for Mount Mercy students,” said Sister Shari Sutherland, vice president for Mission & Ministry at Mount Mercy. “They were in her daily prayer and she inquired often as to how they were doing. Sister Mary Wilma's presence and prayers will be deeply missed.”

Upon her retirement, she began volunteering for Mercy Medical Center as a seamstress and crocheted prayer shawls and baby blankets. She volunteered at Mercy Medical Center until the time of her death. She recently had surpassed 9,000 hours of volunteer service.

Sister Mary Wilma was a Sister of Mercy for 79 years. She delighted in sharing her many culinary skills of baking, cooking and canning, and was often was a guest on the noon WMT television show demonstrating a variety of recipes.

Memorials may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 1125 Prairie Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

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