Magnus "Max" Weber

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Magnus "Max" Weber, 89, of Springhill Senior Living Center, died peacefully in his sleep after a brief illness late Saturday, January 22, 2011. He was born to humble beginnings in the village of Wengen, in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany, on June 7, 1921, son of the late Rosa Hartmannsberger and Anton "Tony" Weber, and stepson of the late Louise Weber. Max began his working life studying to become a chef in the fine hotels of Zurich, Switzerland. His career was interrupted by the onset of World War II as he was drafted into the German army at age 18. He rose to the rank of sergeant in the 5th German Mountain Troops Division, 100th Gebrigs-Regiment during WWII. After finishing his military service as an American POW in Italy, Max immigrated to the United States with his wife, Gertraud in 1949. He joined his father, Tony and stepmother, Louise, as the new owners of Erie's Smith Provision Company. He carried with him one small suitcase and a great desire for hard work and an appreciation for the opportunities and freedom offered by his adoptive country. Working side by side with his father, he developed the recipe for Erie's favorite hot dog, still in use today. Max emphasized the manufacturing and customer service focus of the firm during his four decades as the owner, growing the business first at West 26th & Elmwood Avenue and then in 1959, moving to a new facility that he designed and built on West 23rd Street. He was well known for offering a complimentary hot dog fresh from the smokehouse to any of the neighborhood children who happened to walk by. Max retired from the business in 1989. Max was a former member of many area associations and clubs, and was very proud to be one the founding members of the Commodore Perry Yacht Club. He was also a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Magnus thoroughly enjoyed boating, skiing with his children and grandchildren, helping his wife prepare German meals for his family, and tending to the small animals and birds that frequented his backyard. What brought him his greatest joy, however, was being surrounded by his loving family. He was at his happiest when his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were nearby, often preparing memorable Sunday family dinners by his wife's side. He also took great pleasure and pride watching his sons and grandchildren continue to operate and grow the family business. Survivors include his wife, Gertraud of 66 years, whom he married in Chemnitz, Germany on July 15, 1944; two sons, Michael Weber and wife, Susan, and John Weber and wife, Barbara, all of Erie; nine grandchildren, Sara Kallner and husband, Ray, Emily and Kaitlin Weber all of Erie, Mary and Elizabeth Weber of Pittsburgh, Max, Kyle, Jacob and Nicholas Weber, all of Erie; and two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Eliza Kallner; as well as a dear and beloved cousin, Edeltraud Wagner and husband, Heribert of Immenstadt, Germany; and cousin, Hugo Steichele and wife, Christel of Indianapolis, Indiana. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, Erie, on Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to services at Trinity Lutheran Church, 14 E. 38th St., on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Great Lakes Hospice of Erie, 1700 Peach St., Erie, PA 16501 or Springhill Senior Living Center, 2323 Edinboro Road, Erie, PA 16509.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 24, 2011