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

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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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