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Berta M. (Drechsel) Weber Obituary

Retired Gannon Professor

Berta M. "Bertl" (Drechsel) Weber, retired Professor of German at Gannon University and widow of U.S. District Judge Gerald J. Weber, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Forestview Nursing Center after a brief illness. She was 92 and resided at Springhill Retirement Community.

She was born in Hollabrunn, Austria, May 19, 1921, daughter of the late Dr. Josef and Berta (Smeibidl) Drechsel. She received her Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Vienna in 1945, graduating on the eve of the Allied occupation of Vienna. From 1945-47 she worked as an interpreter for the American occupation forces in Salzburg, where she met her future husband.

After her emigration to the United States in 1947, she taught German language, literature and culture at Gannon University until her retirement in 1997. She served as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, President of the Faculty Senate, and on numerous university committees. She is remembered by her many students as a caring teacher and mentor.

She had lifelong interests in music, fine arts, literature and international politics, and supported several animal welfare organizations.

Her husband, Judge Gerald J. Weber, died in 1989. She is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Weber of Pittsburgh, Pa. and William G. Weber (Kathleen Rochefort) of Boston, Mass.; a daughter, Mary R. Weber (Carl Juvrud) of Aiken, S.C.; and a grandson, Nicholas Weber of Boston.

Friends are invited to call at the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th & Liberty St. Friday, August 16, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and are invited to attend a Funeral Mass Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, 512 Peach St. Private burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Erie Philharmonic, the Gannon University Scholarship Fund, the Springhill Fellowship Fund or the Erie County Humane Society.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 11, 2013
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