Wilhelmina Margaretha Maria Wiegman
1928 - 2019
Bernier Funeral Home - Somersworth
49 South Street
Somersworth, NH
ROCHESTER - Wilhelmina "Wil" Margaretha Maria Wiegman (née Elders), 91, formerly of Rochester, New Hampshire, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019, surrounded by loved ones at D'Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, Maine where she was a resident for the past year. She was born on February 23, 1928, in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands.

During World War II, Wilhelmina's family sheltered a family of Jewish exiles from the German occupying forces throughout the frigid hunger winter of 1944-1945. This action, recognized in 2017 by Yad Vashem, saved the lives of this family and others, creating lifelong bonds still strong today between the families that shared House Elastic, as recounted in the diary published as "Huize Elastiek."

After the war, Wil completed a degree in social work and worked among the poor of Gelderland in the 1950s. On November 23, 1957, she married Dr. Joseph Wiegman in Bovenkarspel, the Netherlands. In 1959, the young family immigrated to the United States, settling first in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Jos did his medical residency, then in 1961 moving to Somersworth, New Hampshire, where Jos launched a busy family medical practice.

By 1970, Wil and Jos had been blessed with seven children and Wil had become active with numerous volunteer activities in the community, especially with Holy Trinity Parish. While raising her growing family, Wilhelmina supported Jos' practice in innumerable non-medical ways from delivering the daily coffee break to taking in the weekly laundry.

All her children graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, which meant she had sixteen consecutive years of volunteer efforts with the school between 1972 and 1988. In 1980, the family moved to Rochester, where Wil became an active volunteer at Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Over the next three decades, these efforts included initiating the Medication Assistance Program, and volunteering with the Hospital's Auxiliary, at the Gift Shop and the annual Lights of Love. At Holy Trinity Parish, Wil served on the Liturgy Committee, as religious education instructor and lector. Wil and Jos were members of Holy Trinity Church, St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, for over fifty years.

Predeceased by her beloved husband, Jos, in 2013, Wil is survived by four brothers and two dozen nieces and nephews in Europe; seven children and their spouses, Leo (Julie Evans) Wiegman, Jan (Vicky) Wiegman, Christine (Patrick) Green, Paul (Sarah) Wiegman, Barend (Martha) Wiegman, Herman (Holly) Wiegman, and Marijke (John) Reilly; seventeen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to the loving staff, residents and families of D'Youville Pavilion 3 West in Lewiston, Maine and the Androscoggin Home Health Hospice team. We could not be more grateful for your caring hearts and hands.

Wil's lifelong avocation was serving those in need everywhere she went. In lieu of flowers, please donate to any of the groups she loved or volunteer your time and do your best to fill the shoes she left behind.

SERVICES: : A time of visitation will be held at Bernier Funeral Home on 49 South St, Somersworth, N.H., from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, April 4. A funeral mass will be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 404 High St., Somersworth, N.H., Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. To leave online condolences, please visit www.bernierfuneralhome.net. Care for the Wiegman family has been entrusted to the Bernier Funeral Home.

Wil's lifelong avocation was serving those in need everywhere she went. In lieu of flowers, please donate to any of the groups she loved or volunteer your time and do your best to fill the shoes she left behind.

Published by Foster's Daily Democrat from Apr. 2 to Apr. 5, 2019.
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Leo and family,

So sorry to read about the loss of your mother. Your parents were such an asset to the Somersworth and surrounding communities, something you should all be very proud of.

May she rest in peace with your dad....until you all meet again. <3
Kathleen (Sullivan) Catalano-Smith
April 5, 2019

Your mother sounds like she was a remarkable person. May she Rest In Peace. I'm sorry for your loss.

Claire Robidas Adams
April 3, 2019
Dear Wiegman Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.


Charley and Mary Green
April 3, 2019
I remember Dr. and Mrs. Weigman fondly, having worked alongside both of them at Frisbie Memorial Hospital for many years. They were caring and both had the hearts of servants. I am better for having known them.
Jo-Ann Vatcher
April 2, 2019
Dear Wiegman Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Wiegman was a wonderful lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Bonnie Melanson
April 2, 2019
An exceptional woman for sure. I served with Wil for over 20 years on the FMH auxiliary board, and have fond memories of her, Joseph, and Jane Cooper Fall, all carrying on their good work from above. Sincere sympathy for your loss.
Jackie Keating Callan
April 2, 2019
To the Wiegman children, your mom was such an inspiration ...she was the finest woman and shared her faith with so many of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Bob & Carole Adams
April 2, 2019
Leo and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathies at this most difficult time.

I remember when I was young and my Mom took us to your Dad's office, she was always there to help in any way possible.

May God's blessings help you through this difficult time.
Gary DesRosiers
April 2, 2019
Remembering all she was to our Parish Family through the years, especially the Mystery Rides that the ladies of the Parish enjoyed each year. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us.
April 1, 2019
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