At the age of 83, in Sierra Vista Arizona, Elaine Susan Weber passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012 at 7:33 p.m. Elaine was born in Byron, Ill., and moved to Minneapolis at the age of 3. She grew up in Minneapolis, and when her mother died when Elaine was in her early teens, was raised along with her brother Jack and sister Gladys by her sister, Dorothy Scott, in North Branch. At the age of 18, she met Raynold Johnson. The two were married May 12, 1948. They adopted their daughter, Susan, in May 1957. Raynold, her beloved husband, passed away in March of 1983. She married Raymond Weber Sept. 15, 1984. Ray passed away in the summer of 1998.
Elaine is preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Matilda Peterson; brothers, Donald, Richard, James and Jack Peterson; and her sisters, Dorothy Scott and Mildred Shervey; husbands, Raynold Johnson and Raymond Weber; and granddaughter, Melissa Raye Gonzalez.
She is survived by her brother, Robert Peterson (Lorraine); sister, Gladys Anderson (Don); daughter, Susan Lewis; great-grandson, Ricky Gonzalez; granddaughters, Alicia Lewis (Mike) and Anita Jo Halterman (Chris); and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Elaine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She had a quick wit, loved to laugh and loved to cook. She was especially famous for her sugar cookies at Christmastime and her giant kettle of chow mein and her stout coffee. She was an integral part of the farm, taking care of her “cushies” and doing farm chores, while maintaining a warm, loving home. She had an amazing garden and beautiful flowers in the yard. She loved to host celebrations at the farm, and enjoyed all her family members attending. Some of her favorite activities were playing cards and dice games like Yahtzee. She was beautiful, kind, generous, and loving, and knew how to have fun. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Mom loved her time with the Ladies Aid group and enjoyed her time helping with dinners at the church. One of her favorites was the Krup Kaka dinners and helping with making casseroles for the luncheons after weddings and funerals of the parishioners of Spring Lake Church.
I loved spending the last years of her life with her after she moved to Arizona in 2003, and I listened to her tales of the happy visits from her niece, Carol, and her family. Her living with my family leaves me with warm memories of our times together at our house. When her health failed, we were lucky enough to find a wonderful assisted living home in Sierra Vista, Ariz. when she needed care I couldn’t give. Her caregivers were angels, and she became close friends with many of them. We couldn’t have been luckier finding these wonderful people.
She now resides in Heaven with those loved ones who went before her and I find peace in knowing she is with Jesus and free of pain. I will miss her until we are reunited again in the loving arms of our dear Lord.