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In Memory of the Honorable Virginia "Ginny" Wolfe


"And God, in his omniscience will take care of you, and you can rest with a happy heart."

To fully understand the Honorable Virginia Wolfe, one also needs to know the Haiti Project Chairwoman Judge Ginny.  She served as Chair of the Haiti Project from 2000-2003 and traveled there with medical teams and mission groups from the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee over 20 times.  Ginny was widely respected in the village of Jeannette and at the Saint Croix Hospital in Leogone, where on one trip she stayed in a guest house for a month in order to work on her French and learn more about the people and programs in Haiti she supported. Her commitment to keeping up with her French reflected her recognition of the need for good communication with the Haitian partners, often the Priest of St. Marc's Parish, which changed over time but most importantly, with Eloi Rodolphe, the director of St. Marc's School.  Ginny and Eloi were very close friends for over 20 years.  Yet, there was nothing more dear to Ginny's heart than the children who attended St. Marc's School in Jeannette, Haiti.  She sponsored the education of twins who attended - Ysna and Ysma.  While one sister did not live into adulthood, Ginny he kept in touch with the other, supporting her ability to send the next generation to school.  Ginny encouraged many others in the diocese to sponsor students at the school.  At one point, St. Andrew's had over 40 households sponsoring children at St. Marc's School -- more than any other church in the diocese.

The people in Jeannette, Haiti prize education above all else and had great respect for Judge Ginny Wolfe who had been to law school and presided over a court in Wisconsin.  In a culture where men are the decision makers and leaders, Judge Ginny Wolfe modeled female leadership with curiosity, commitment and compassion.  Ginny made her last trip to Haiti to attend an Episcopal Partnership Meeting in Port au Prince in 2016 where she connected with many American and Haitian friends who started the partnership programs in the 1980's.  While this was not a physically easy trip for her, she was able to reunite with people in Jeannette and take walks in the countryside to share about the early days of the Haiti Project when she camped in a tent outside Pere LaFontant's house, waking up to the sound of roosters.

Her parish, St. Andrews is in the process of putting together the details for the memorial service that Ginny planned. The service will be available online through St Andrews.www.standrews-madison.org
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