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Community remembers popular Marshfield grocery store owner


We are remembering a central Wisconsin woman who captured our hearts. Marge Wolf, 97, of Marshfield, made national news after she told would-be robbers they couldn't have her money. Instead, she offered them all the Tootsie Rolls they wanted. Marge died on Friday surrounded by family.

Marge Wolf will be remembered for her spunk, her grace under pressure and her dedication.

"He said open the cash register and I said I'm not opening it for you or anybody," Marge said during an interview with Newsline 9 in July.

Last year the 97-year-old made quite the name for herself. She thwarted off would-be robbers, and offered them candy but not cash.

"That sounds just like her. She had more concern for the kid probably than anything else," said John Southworth, Marge's grandson.

Marge died on Friday in a Marshfield Hospital.

"Her and I talked everyday and after she passed you kind of look at the phone and it's not ringing, she's not calling," said Southworth.

But, family members say there's no better way to heal than to reflect.

"She was just a warm, caring person who treated everyone the same and a person that really loved what she did," said Southworth.

The world knew that. Marge's story made national headlines. It appeared on CNN and World News with Diane Sawyer. It certainly left its mark here at home.

"The robbery with Marge Wolf and how she handled that will certainly be a highlight of my career," said Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen.

Marge became famous.

"Are you a celebrity?," Newsline 9 asked Marge during an interview last year.

"No, no, I'm just plain old Marge," she laughed.

Last year Marge sold Wolf's Grocery after 57 years.

"We may not know another store like that in the city of Marshfield," said Chief Jepsen.

But, they'll always have the memories.

"The number of kids that went into her store on a weekly basis, I'm sure every one of them have taken something from their contacts with her," said Jepsen.

Marge leaves behind three children, six grandchildren, and a community thankful for decades together.

"She was one of a kind," said Jepsen.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at St. John's Catholic Church in Marshfield. Visitation begins at 9:00 a.m.

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