Gertraud Johanne (Meyer) Weber, age 92, of Forest View Health Care Center at Springhill Senior Living Center, died peacefully and comfortably in her sleep on Monday afternoon, November 4, 2013. Gertraud was born in Frankenberg, Saxony, Germany on March 16, 1921 to Johanne Frieda (Dinter) Meyer and Robert Fritz Meyer.
Gertrude lived a full, abundant life, surrounded by the love of her family and friends, whom she cherished richly and profusely. The accidental meeting of the man she would marry while on a trekking trip in the Alps resulted in a lifelong love story which neither time nor distance could conspire to halt. Gertrude and the love of her life, Magnus, were married on July 15, 1944 during a lull between air raids, and, while kept apart for three years because of the ongoing war, never lost their love for or commitment to each other. Her organized, methodical nature served her well when, while waiting for her husband to return from the war, she worked as a bookkeeper for a local dairy, helping her family survive the economic ravages of those difficult years.
Gertrude was at her happiest when she was able to provide a warm meal, a welcoming home and good company to her family and friends. She was an excellent cook, able to produce a wonderfully savory meal from seemingly few ingredients and on short notice if necessary. Family Sunday dinners were regular as clockwork and legendary for both the quality and quantity of food and the energetic dinner conversation. Not averse to discussing philosophy, politics or religion at the dinner table, Gertrude loved a challenging exchange of ideas and often used family meal time as an opportunity to train her offspring in the gentle art of persuasion. Let the record show that Mom continues to hold the Weber family debating crown and remains undefeated to this day.
One of her greatest joys was overseeing a large gathering of company who would enjoy her doting and caring nature. Gertrude extended this level of comfort to those outside her home as well. She cherished the opportunity to provide meals to large groups, frequently planning, cooking and serving meals at her church as part of a larger group of like-minded friends.
Gertrude believed in service to others, and volunteered for many years with both the Dr. Gertrude Barber Center and the American Red Cross, from which she received volunteer of the year honors. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Trinity Lutheran Ladies' Aid, Woman's Club, Commodore Perry Yacht Club, and others. In addition, she was a proud breast cancer
Gertrude was a loving, caring woman of boundless energy who lived to help others. She is well remembered as the family surgeon, nurse, and counselor, willing and able to heal all hurts, be they physical or emotional, real or imagined. She continued to care for Magnus, her husband of 66 years and the love of her life, in this manner, even after their move to Springhill, until his death in 2011. They are happily together once again, inseparable as always.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Magnus, she was preceded in death by one brother, Manfred Meyer of Chemnitz, Germany.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Weber and his wife, Susan of Fairview and John Weber and his wife, Barb of Erie; nine grandchildren, Sara Kallner and husband, Ray, Emily, Elizabeth and Kaitlin Weber, all of Erie, Mary Weber of Charleston, S.C., Max, Jacob, Kyle and Nicholas Weber, all of Erie; three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Eliza, and Camille Kallner; two cousins, Edeltraub Wagner and her husband, Heribert and Hugo Steichele and his wife, Christel; and a dear, close friend, Trudy Sallach, who she loved as a sister.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and are invited to services at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the
, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501 or to Great Lakes Hospice, 1700 Peach St. Suite 244, Erie, PA 16501.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 7, 2013