Verle Eleanor Weisenberg (1925 - 2016)

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  • "Thinking about you R.I.P"
    - Luke Weisenberg
  • "My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. May you find..."
  • "I met Verle through my wonderful friend and her daughter..."
    - Kim Kolvig
  • "Very beautiful remembrance of an amazing lady. Loved her &..."
    - Jo Purcell
  • "Mom, we will all miss you."
    - Arlene Crumrine
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Verle Eleanor Weisenberg liked to tell the story of how she was born in a boxcar in a town that no longer exists – Bordeaux , Nebraska on December 3, 1925. According to her, she may have also been born with a deck of cards in her hand. Up until the time of her stroke, in 2010, she had a passion for playing cards most specifically Cribbage or Pinochle. She enjoyed endless rounds of either game and often traveled to play in tournaments. She loved to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and play endless rounds of Bingo.

Verle was the youngest of four daughters and, she herself, had four daughters. Her first born, Jude, was from her first marriage to John Taylor (now deceased). She went on to marry Arley Weisenberg (now deceased) and had three more daughters – Arlene, Ginger, and Kim. Verle followed her husband, Arley, to Juneau, Alaska for a six-month job opportunity in 1960 that lasted over 50 years; making Alaska her home. Although she dreaded the winters, she loved the beauty of it and the many friends she made along the way. Upon arriving in Juneau, Verle worked for the City Cleaners and then went on to carve out a career in Human Resources with the State of Alaska, where she stayed until she retired after 20 years in 1989. She was involved in Rebekeh Lodge, Meals on Wheels, and in activities at the Senior Center.

Although Verle's physical abilities were significantly altered with the stroke, she continued to be a great source of joy to her friends, family and others she met along the way. We are eternally grateful for the gift of another five years with her.

She peacefully passed away in the presence of her family on January 27, 2016. She is preceded in death by her mother (Marie), her father (Roy), stepfather (Alva), sisters (Genevieve , Myrtle, and Iola.) and her great-grandson Skyler Kim. She is survived by her daughters Jude (Dan) Greening, Arlene (Calvin) Crumrine, Ginger (Gordon) Griffin, Kim (Joe Bruzda) Peterson; grandchildren Todd Greening, Scott Greening, Gidget Greening, JoAnn Fragner, Christine Porter, Victoria Hull, Robyn Ward, Daniel Trapp and Ryan Trapp; plus several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

There will be no service as there was a celebration of her life on her 90th birthday. She wore a tiara to reflect the princess she was to us all. Her absence will be deeply felt and she will be sorely missed!!

I am honored to have walked with you daily on your journey after your stroke. I was your voice, your strength, your caretaker, and your fierce defender. You were my inspiration, my focus, my teacher, and now you are my angel. You have gone but you are not forgotten. I will see you again……… Kim

I am thankful and proud to have had you for my mother. You taught me strength, perseverance, to live life to its fullest, and to never give up. You remain my guiding light….until we are together again. Ginger

When I was little Mom taught me how to count by playing Rummy and Cribbage. It wasn't until I started school that I learned you didn't count "15 two, 15 four". Mom helped found the Juneau Cribbage Club 286 Smokeless in Juneau. We faithfully attended each Friday evening and she was a high player more often than not. When we were home she played a mean hand of three-handed cribbage. When she first moved to Juneau she also loved to bowl at the tiny lanes in the Elks Lodge. - Arlene

We miss you. Love ya much - Jude


A memorial plaque will be added to the Memorial Garden Wall at the Evergreen Cemetery in Vancouver, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local Hospice. Notes of condolences can be sent to the family via: Kim Peterson, 2169 N 6th Street, Washougal, WA 98671.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 12 to Mar. 13, 2016
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