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Pastoral Notice ~ Jane Molleson Wolf
My dear people,
Jane Molleson Wolf died peacefully in her sleep during the early hours of last Saturday, the Eve of Palm Sunday.
Jane has been a ‘pillar of the church’ longer than most of us have been alive. She moved to the neighborhood with her family ninety-six years ago when she was three years old. They quickly became a prominent family of what was then Saint Stephen’s Church. Her father and mother – Stanley and Mabel – were the patriarch and matriarch of the church community for many years. Our meeting room – the Molleson Room – is named for them. The stained-glass window located just to the right as you enter the front church door is dedicated to her father Stanley Molleson.
Following their parents’ deaths, both Jane and her sister Mary (who predeceased Jane a number of years ago) continued as faithful members of the parish. Jane kept alive many of the after- church coffee hour traditions their mother had begun years before, such as heart of palm tea sandwiches on Palm Sunday and lamb cakes on Easter Day.
Jane was married to George Wolf; they had a daughter named Pam (a Boston resident who remains a longtime friend of the church) and resided in Great Neck, Long Island. But that did not prevent Jane from continuing to call Saint Stephen’s – since 1975 Christ & Saint Stephen’s – her parish home.
This will be an Easter Day unlike any other with faithful parish members, friends and neighbors dispersed and unable to enter the church. That will be a first in the history of each of the old merged parishes of Saint Stephen’s and Christ Church. But it will also be a first in another way – the first Easter Day in ninety-three years when Jane Wolf has not presided during Easter Day coffee hour, dishing out the lamb cake she made from Mabel’s recipe.
Jane will be missed by many. Yet we are comforted by knowing that this year she will celebrate our Lord’s resurrection in his nearer presence.
Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord,
and may light perpetual shine upon her.
Your priest and rector,
Photos of Jane Wolf courtesy Dorothy Taishoff.