Hillsboro – Dorothy Weber, 93, passed away June 20, 2018 at Diversicare of Sedgwick. She was born December 10, 1924 to Solomon and Katherine (Schellenburg) Loewen in Hillsboro. She married Walter Weber June 13, 1947 in Hillsboro. Survivors include: sons, Charlie (Jane) Weber of Santa Clarita, CA, John (Sherry) Weber of Lincoln, Nebraska; daughters, Kathy (Mike) Nichols of Lincoln, Nebraska, Beth (Dan) Spencer of Lake Side, AZ, Becky (Kevin) Harms of Wichita, KS; sister, Esther Pankratz of Hillsboro; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, Walter Weber in 2013. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Dorothy Weber Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Dorothy Mae Loewen Weber was born on December 10, 1924 at Salem Hospital in Hillsboro, KS, to Solomon and Katherine Schellenberg Loewen. Dorothy was the second of four children. She had two sisters, Ruby (Sutton) and Esther (Pankratz), and one brother, Kenneth. She grew up in Hillsboro, Minneapolis, MN, and Sterling, KS. From an early age, her father, Solomon, said she liked to play with the kitchen utensils in the sand box. She would stir the batter in a tin bowl with a lot of vigor and hum along as she beat the pan; the harder she would beat, the louder she would hum, so her mother always knew where she was. It’s not too surprising that Dorothy said her favorite subject in high school was home economics.
Upon graduation from Sterling High School, Dorothy attended Tabor College, where she earned an Associate of Arts degree in 1944. She then attended Kansas State University and she graduated in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics and education. During this time, she also worked in Wichita as a live-in maid. While at KState, Dorothy met Walter Weber, and they were married at the Tabor College Chapel in Hillsboro on June 13, 1947. They were blessed with five children, three girls and two boys.
God called Walt into the ministry and after seminary in Minneapolis, the family moved several times. Walt and Dorothy served churches in Ingersoll, OK; Hope, KS; Crawford, TX; Underwood, ND; Beatrice, NE; and Eureka, SD before retiring to Hillsboro.
Dorothy was busy as a pastor’s wife – singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and serving in children’s and women’s ministries. She also cared for her growing family, was an excellent cook and sewed all of the girls’ clothes. In her free time (although there wasn’t much), she loved to read, sew and do cross stitch and other embroidery. After the children were in high school, Dorothy worked at a local Dairy Queen and in retail sales.
After retirement, she and Walt served as assistant matron and administrator at Brown Memorial Home in Abilene, KS, until their health began to decline, and they became residents at Brown. In 2013, Walt and Dorothy moved into nursing care in Sedgwick, KS, where Walt passed away on June 16, 2013, three days after they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Dorothy’s health continued to decline and she passed away at the age of 93 on June 20. 2018.
Dorothy leaves to mourn her passing five children and their spouses; Kathy and Mike Nichols, Lincoln, NE; Beth and Dan Spencer, Lakeside, AZ; Becky and Kevin Harms, Wichita, KS; Charlie and Jane Weber, Santa Clarita, CA; and John and Sherry Weber, Lincoln, NE; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, sister, Esther Pankratz, Hillsboro and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois and Loren Groening, Hillsboro. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Weber and grandson, Thomas Weber.
Her family will miss her daily, but we rejoice that Dorothy accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at an early age and she is with him now.
”To love and have been loved is one of God’s greatest gifts.”