Hold a good thought for Twala

Posted on January 5, 2009


Twala Wolfe (photo courtesy of the Antrim County News)

Twala Wolfe (photo courtesy of the Antrim Review)

[Ed. Update 1-5-09: I am sorry to tell you that Twala Wolfe died on Sunday night. I’ve decided to leave the headline the way it is, for how better to remember a friend and neighbor than by holding a good thought for her?  Update 1-6-09: I’ve just received news that funeral services will be held Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes with Pastor Harold Kruse officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until services.  Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Family Services, 9746 Main St., Ellsworth, MI 49729.]

I received the sad news from Sally Hannert:  Twala Wolfe was admitted to Munson last Friday morning. She has a brain infection and is not expected to live.  She had a heart transplant [13 years ago] and the immunosuppressants eventually totally suppressed her immune system. She is now in a coma.

When I first started coming here the sign on the store in Torch Lake Village said Torch Crest Party Store, but everyone called it “Twala’s place.”  It was an oasis of good soup and good stories.  Like many enterprises around here, it tended to disappear in the winter, but it always popped up in the spring.  Eventually running a retail store was more than Twala wanted to tackle, and she sold the place to Chris and Sonny Szejbach who transformed it into Sonny’s, my home away from home.  Once she could put all her energy into something else, Twala became one of the people who revitalized and nurtured the Antrim County Democratic Party, especially the Women Dems.  She thoroughly enjoyed the 2008 election, and it saddens me that she will not be able to watch the coming Inauguration.

She ran for local office as a Democrat in this overwhelmingly Republican area, cheerfully acknowledging that she wouldn’t win, but believing that continuing to run would chip away at the GOP Monolith.  She supported the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Friends of Interlochen, and expanded recycling efforts in Antrim County.  In 2005 she joyously celebrated the tenth anniversary of her heart transplant—you can read all about that in Kris School’s article for the Antrim Review, A second chance at life

Hold a good thought for Twala, a friend and neighbor who made the very most of her second life.