Catherine Minnie Weber
Catherine (Cathy) Minnie Weber passed away on Dec. 3, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was 88 years old.
Catherine was born to Joseph and Elizabeth Simons, of Nenzel on April 19, 1932. She was the second youngest of nine children. She grew up on a farm in Nenzel, lived in Merriman through her school days and worked the family café. Cathy taught at a country school for two years.
She told of a Christmas music program that she put together for the children, her dad helped build a stage to allow all the students to stand in an amphitheater tree format holding candles to entertain their audience and sang Christmas songs.
On Dec. 26, 1950, Cathy married Jack Weber from Maxwell. They enjoyed marriage for 66 years. Cathy and Jack made many memories during their military days together and loved entertaining other couples, playing bridge and pinochle to name a few others. Cathy also enjoyed bowling and was on a league for many years, having a consistent average of 175. Cathy’s favorite game of all time was Bingo.
Her children used to joke about how she would walk through a blizzard to get to a bingo hall. She loved that they played at the Imperial Heights and was so proud when she won a nickel.
Cathy was an amazing cook but she had to do her time in the kitchen like all of us, to become the amazing short order cook, baker and chef, that she was. One memory she always told of was a beautiful shrimp meal she made when they were entertaining another couple for the evening. It would have been perfect if only she had known to peel the shrimp before serving.
She and Jack raised six children on various military bases in the United States and Europe.
Some of the fondest memories made with her family were of Cathy’s continuous presence in the kitchen, cooking. As she would boast, “If you leave here hungry it’s your own damn fault!”
As it was for Cathy as a child, Christmas wasn’t Christmas without homemade pies of every kind, fudge, divinity, peanut brittle and popcorn balls (her favorite) just to name a few. One year, her only son, David, came home to Brady, proud in his white tailored suit, made in Hong Kong and his siblings tried to tackle him in the snow and it just wasn’t happening.
All the children sat around the kitchen table eating a “few” of Cathy’s homemade goodies and played cards. They wanted to tease their mom and hide all the goodies she had “worked and slaved” to bake before Christmas Eve.
After she had gone to bed, every candy, cookie and pie that was left was placed underneath the guest room bed, and when she awoke, they were nowhere to be found, of course Cathy had a conniption fit as she would say. Her children convinced her that they had stayed up all night and eaten everything while she slept, and why not, she had actually baked them for her family anyway.
She was not happy with any of her kids, because although she had worked so tirelessly on all the homemade goodies for them, they were not to be eaten until Christmas day. Cathy’s children went and retrieved the goodies from under the bed and all was well.
Cathy had a green thumb just like her mother. She and Jack would have a huge garden providing the family with fresh vegetables of every kind. Her home was always adorned with beautiful healthy plants everywhere.
She and Jack traveled for seven years in their RV home visiting family, old friends and new places, always stopping near a casino, Cathy enjoyed playing the slots. Sometimes she would put her cold hard cash winnings in the freezer.
Cathy volunteered baking pies for the Catholic Auxiliary and Veteran’s club to sell and volunteered for the St. Agnes thrift store. She looked forward to her family reunions every summer and felt very blessed to have such a close family. Cathy and Jack lived in Arnold, for 14 years before settling in Imperial.
After she lost her husband, Cathy moved into independent living at the Imperial Heights. She enjoyed it there and made many new friends and became a pro bowler on the Wii.
With such a crazy year, Cathy, like so many others had a hard time with the facility’s mandatory lockdowns, so her children moved her out and she enjoyed staying with family these past six months.
Cathy was preceded in death by her husband Jack; parents Joseph and Elizabeth Simons; parents-in-law Johnny and Mary Weber; grandson Kendrick Blaine Weber; great-grandson Koda Johnson; sisters Gladys, Leola, Mary Ann; and brothers Edward, Bernard and Andy.
Cathy is survived by her daughters Connie Westbrook and husband, Bob, of Arnold; Pamela Diehl and husband, Scott, of Holly Hill, Florida; Donna Tucker and husband, John, of Lincoln; Mary Wilson and husband, Kirk ,of Imperial; Tracy Dallas and husband, Pete ,of Albuquerque, New Mexico; son David Weber and wife, Christine, of Franktown, Colorado; sisters Alma Gordon of Salina, Kansas; Stella Nash, and husband, Jack, of Cassville, Missouri; sister-in-law Barbara Gutherless of Brady; 29 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; plus numerous nephews and nieces.
A Rosary will be recited on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, 7 p.m. (CT) at St. Patrick Catholic Church in North Platte, with visitation starting at 6 p.m. (CT)
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. (CT) at St. Patrick Catholic Church, North Platte with Father Josh Brown celebrant. Graveside inurnment services will follow Monday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. (CT) at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell.
A memorial has been established to St. Agnes Catholic Church PO Box 309 Stapleton NE 69163
Services will be livestreamed starting at 10 a.m. (CT) via Carpenter Memorial Chapel’s Facebook page.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.