Nickel icon: Bobbie Wolf retires

December, 2015 Posted in Other
Bobbie Wolf

Bobbie Wolf

By Mary Owen

After almost three decades, Bobbie Wolf’s iconic reign at the Wooden Nickel in Sublimity is coming to an end.

“I’ve met so many good people all these years,” Wolf said. “Some of the customers are sad I’m leaving. They tell me I’m an icon to this place. It’s been a good time here.”

With one foot out of and one foot still in the popular eatery’s door, Wolf said her boss, Glen Damewood, can’t get rid of her that easily.

“I’m going to be kind of lost for a while, but I’m still going to be around,” she said.

Damewood called Wolf “a dedicated, hard-working person who is as sassy as they come.

“She was worked for the Wooden Nickel for 17 years, and is an icon and an ambassador for the Nickel and the community,” he said.

In appreciation of Wolf’s tenure and hard work, the Wooden Nickel is throwing her a retirement party at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Music by Syco Billy’s will start at 9 p.m. and cold drinks, laughter, stories and a few tears are on the menu. The event is open to anyone who wants to celebrate Wolf’s years at the Sublimity restaurant.

“We are giving Bobby a percentage of the proceeds that day along with other raffles and a large tip jar named Phillup to let people show her how much they love and appreciate her service for all those years,” Damewood said.

Wolf’s tenure in the building that’s home to the Wooden Nickel started when she moved to Sublimity 41 years ago. She married local farmer Donnie Wolf. Their daughter, Misty, married Ted Kintz and the couple has two children, Ashley, 14, and Andrew, 12. Family is a prime motivator for Wolf retiring along with “tired feet,” she said.

“I’ve only missed work one or two days except for the two months off when I had foot surgery in April,” she said of her time at the Wooden Nickel. “I’m one of those people if you work, you’ve got to do it. I’ve been bartending since I was 19 years old and I’ll be 63 this month.”

The job, she said, has been hard on her feet.

“I first worked at Bernie’s Pizza Parlor in town and then for Girard’s in Stayton,” she said. “Park ‘n Shop hired me for 15 years. I worked at the Harvest Inn for Cory Gloor for 10 years off and on, and Ditter’s at the same time.

“When Glen bought this building, I was already here, so he got stuck with me,” she added, chuckling. “I’ll have worked here 18 years in February.”

Longevity is akin to Wolf, who served on the Sublimity Harvest Festival committee for almost 15 years, and has been and is still a junior board member and committee member for the Santiam Stampede for the past 12 years.

Of her time at the Wooden Nickel she said, “It’s a great place to work. Glen’s a great person to work for. And I love meeting so many people from so many different places. It has been a lot of fun!”

Wolf admitted she can’t retire completely or she’ll go crazy.

“I plan to fill in a few shifts – and ride horses with my friend,” she said. “I’ll keep busy.”

Damewood said Wolf will be a hard act to follow.

“She will be missed,” he said.

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