Wolfe, ‘champion for learning,’ killed in crash
A former teacher for the Lanesville Community School Corp. was killed last week when her vehicle was struck by a train in southwest Louisville.
Robin Monroe Thieneman Wolfe was traveling alone in her sport-utility vehicle on Wednesday, May 27, when, for an unknown reason, she drove across the railroad tracks on Abbots Beach Road at about 8:45 p.m. The crossing has no arms or lights, but witnesses told police they heard the train’s whistle as it approached the crossing.
‘Robin was a wonderful teacher and beautiful person with a deep passion for Lanesville Community schools,’ Steve Morris, superintendent of the school corporation, said. ‘She believed in the unique ability and potential of every student.’
Wolfe was born Feb. 5, 1959, the daughter of Thomas and Betty Monroe. She graduated from Corydon Central High School and Indiana University Southeast and taught at LCSC for 34 years, from 1981 through the end of 2014. She also had previously taught for the Crawford County Community School Corp.
The last part of her career was as the Response to Intervention Coordinator, overseeing the Intersession/Remediation/Success Center program, at Lanesville schools.
‘She was a champion for learning and devoted her life doing extra things for this school and people,’ Morris said. ‘Her persistence in working one on one with students, not allowing them to give up and leading them to learning caused many to graduate.
‘It is a terrible tragedy for our school community, and our only comfort is knowing the impact Robin had and the difference she made in the lives of young people,’ he said.
During commencement service Friday evening at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, class president Andrew Kennedy, in the invocation, mentioned Wolfe and asked for prayers for her family.
Her funeral was Monday at Southeast Christian Church Indiana Campus with interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon. Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany handled arrangements.
A Robin Monroe Thieneman Wolfe Scholarship fund is being established at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School in her memory.