Rosemarie Wilhelmina WOLFE
1925 - 2020
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Rosemarie Wilhelmina Wolfe (née Helmecke) died peacefully in her home in Palm Beach, Florida, surrounded by her family on March 6, 2020. She was 94 years old. Rosemarie was born in the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald, Western Pomerania, Germany, on September 27, 1925, the second of four children of Dr. Kurt Helmecke and Johanna Schwartzkopf Zeyen. She grew up in Eastern Germany during the turbulent period of the Second World War. Rosemarie studied medicine at Prague University, and worked for Pan American Airlines where she met her future husband, Richard Shipley Wolfe. Rosemarie and Richard were married in Frankurt am Main in 1955, and moved the following year to the United States, to Maine. With her husband, Rosemarie raised two daughters, Karin and Jenny. Rosemarie enthusiastically adapted to her life on a saltwater farm in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the setting of which reminded her of her native Baltic homeland, and she became an avid gardener, sailor, and even fished lobster. Rosemarie also enjoyed collecting and restoring American colonial furniture. After raising their family, Rosemarie and Richard travelled extensively internationally, serving the American International Executive Service Corps, founded in 1964 as a branch of USAID as volunteers. During their later years they split their time between their Maine and Florida homes. Rosemarie is predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Richard Wolfe; and by her two sisters, Barbara Helmecke Knof and Karin Helmecke. Rosemarie is survived by her younger brother Kurt Helmecke of Timmins Ontario Canada, her two daughters Dr. Karin Wolfe of Rome Italy, Jeanette W. Knight of Loxahatchee Florida and Karin's son, Antonio Grifoni, composer and musician, with whom she had a particularly close relationship. Rosemarie also leaves behind many friends and relatives in her homeland of Germany, as well as Maine and Florida. A summer graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, 330 Ocean House Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.

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Published in Palm Beach Daily News on Mar. 22, 2020.
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April 26, 2020
-4- ...who is like Mrs. Wolfe of all those Ive crossed paths with? None, of course. With all her kindness, and with all the warm hearted sharing of friendship & food, few people have laid so much love into my life as Mrs. Wolfe. She is like a jewel I carry In my heart. And for that jewel to gleam, sparkle and exude tears of joy from me, takes but a memory of Breakwater. Those memories of her are pure blessings for me
God willing, may I find myself on her back porch in heaven some day calling out her name. May The Holy One bless and keep her soul

P Skapinsky
April 19, 2020
3. ... With the blessings of Mr. & Mrs. Wolfe, and the enormous benevolence of an uncle (once removed?) Karin, my brother and I were sent off to Europe for a three week spring break. There in Espana we stayed with Mrs. Wolfes father & mother. They couldnt speak English to well, but they proved to be the fountain of Mrs. Wolfes hospitality. Karens grandpa seemed mild, rounded at the corners, and of course friendly. It would of been a treat to see Mrs. Wolfe and her parents together. We stayed with them three or four days... before going on to Germany to visit Mrs. Wolfes sister. That was more good fortune, good food, and good company. Hospitality runs thick with the Wolfe family. It was all so overwhelming to be part of such a blessing....
P Skapinsky
April 15, 2020
....we visited so often [ especially when Mr. Wolfe brought 2 or three ski mobiles back from work with him:) we must of been shooed away more than a few times, but I dont remember a single time. Her refrigerator was like that of a delicatessen store, with shelves just packed with European mysteries. These foods she constantly brought out to share with explanation and German delight. After a few minutes in her kitchen it was easy to imagine myself in another land. Mrs. Wolfes company was flavored with a no nonsense, completely unabashed, strong German accent and we reveled in it.

The rest of her house was like some sort of art museum with paintings hanging on all the walls & carvings and statues standing guard in their midst. And there, carefully walking by the Masters works, we would try and tip toe through the skinny glass and china pantry, leaving the kitchen, turning a little left and a little right, and down a step or two to the front room until we found our way to the bottom of the stairs that led up to Karens door. All so very exciting! ....

P Skapinsky
April 15, 2020
Her last summer at Breakwater
P Skapinsky
April 15, 2020
I spent some of the best part of my late teenage years at her house, or as she said, you grew up in my kitchen.' Yes, & what a pure blessing that was. A kitchen full of warmth & disguised in a German European ambiance of food, and friendship, & all of it so welcomed and overwhelming.
In the winter we usually arrived at her house in #s of two or three strong, stomping the snow off ourselves on the back porch before entering the coat room. Then divesting ourselves of coats and boots we stepped into her warm semi-mysterious kitchen and unthawed. On the weekends we could arrive twice a day or more, for resupply and warmth before we disappeared back into the woods. It was everyone's favorite stop....
March 15, 2020
Mrs. Wolfe enriched my life as a child at Breakwater Farm in Cape Elizabeth. I can still hear her distinct accent and strong voice. She would always show me new things with such positive energy. Our families had great times with the horses, and my parents enjoyed their adult time with Dick and Rosemary as well. Many hours of fun at Breakwater Farm in my early years, and a friendship that remains with Rosemary's daughter, Jenny is a blessing. God Bless, Janice Libby

Janice Libby
March 14, 2020
You are a special person. I enjoyed our time together, always. A glass of Prosecco, good food, good company. You are with Dick now. Rest in Peace Mrs. Wolfe. Paul
Paul Zamierowski
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