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Helen Marie WeberCLERGY
Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Organist ~ Dorothy Bietz
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
“Jesus Loves Me”
“How Great Thou Art”
Helen Marie Weber was born on Sunday, July 25, 1915 on a farm southwest of Menno. She was the third of nine children born to Fred P. and Emma (Winter) Mueller. Helen attended East View Country School through the 8th grade and graduated from Olivet High School. She attended Southern State Normal School in Springfield and earned her teacher’s certificate. Her teaching career began at the Gunn School, four miles east of Scotland, and then she taught at the Zeeb School four miles south of Menno. Helen was united in marriage to Raymond Richard Weber on April 16, 1939 at Grace Lutheran Church in Menno by Pastor Petrick. On their farm north of Lesterville, Helen raised six children - five girls and a boy. She loved gardening and grew an abundance of strawberries every year. After the youngest, Marlene, was in 1st grade, she returned to college to renew her teaching certificate. She taught at the Lesterville School for one year, the Petrick School southwest of Utica for two years, the Kloucek School southwest of Lesterville for three years, the Norway School six miles south of Menno for seven years and finally the Dante School eight miles west of Avon for four years. All of the schools were one-room country schools with the exception of the Lesterville School, which had two large rooms. After her retirement from teaching, Helen worked at the Avon Sale Barn, which they bought in 1964. They moved to Avon in 1967. In 1977, they sold the Sale Barn and built a new home in Avon, which was completed in 1980. In July of 2005, she and Ray became residents of the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland, and it is there that Helen passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at the age of 94 years, 5 months and 18 days.
Helen’s memory will live forever in the hearts of her husband of 70 years, Ray Weber of Scotland; six children: Charlotte Wittmeier of Plainfield, Illinois, Wayne Weber of Costa Mesa, California, Lonnie Weber of Santa Cruz, California, Lynette (Paul) Klein of Des Moines, Iowa, Joyce (Ron) Parmley of West Union, Iowa, and Marlene Taney of Seaside, Oregon; thirteen grandchildren: Valerie Potter, Julie (Lyndon) Evans, Renee (Doug) Montgomery, Nathan Weber, Joseph Weber, Jacob Weber, Jason Klein, Matthew Klein, Stephen Klein, Roni Sue (Dwane) Koch, Randy (Christina) Parmley, Jessica Parmley, and Benjamin (Michelle) Taney; eleven great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Sexton of Scotland; three brothers: Albert Mueller of California, Milbert (Betty) Mueller of Minnesota, and Elmer (Delores) Mueller of Menno; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Fred and Emma Mueller, Helen was preceded in death by a sister, Elsie Goehring; three brothers: George Mueller, Paul Mueller and Arnold Mueller; two brothers-in-law: Harold Goehring and Melvin Sexton; and a sister-in-law, Mary Mueller.
Dear Weber family, Mrs. Weber (I have too much respect for her to use 'Helen') gave me incredible memories of my rural school childhood. I tell my students that country school was great, IF you had a great teacher. Thankfully, I did. May it give you peace to know that she now knows only peace and joy. Love, Diane
Diane (Gunderson) Ellinger Jan 17 2010 12:51 PM