Annunciata Marie (Wildeman) Weber, 88, Park, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Sheridan County Long Term Care Unit, Hoxie.
She was born May 29, 1930, east of Park to Daniel and Mary (Ziegler) Wildeman. She attended grade school in rural Grainfield and was a 1949 graduate of Grainfield High School.
She worked at the Grainfield grocery store and bank until the love of her life returned from the Korean War. She married Aloysius Weber on May 18, 1953. They began their married life on the Weber farm south of Park. In 1957, they moved to their new home 2 miles north of Park. She worked alongside her husband on the family farm for over 60 years. They also ran a grocery store in Park in the early 1980s. She was a devoted mother who gave her children a strong faith foundation. She taught them the importance of prayer. Countless blessed candles were burned over the years when she knew of someone’s suffering.
She enjoyed crocheting in her mid-40s. Each grandchild received one of Grandma’s afghans as a high school graduation gift and many more were given as wedding gifts.
He was the gardener and she was the canner of all his produce. No one can dispute how wonderful her cinnamon pickles were and she would make dill pickles by the crockfull. She also spent hours turning farm-fresh eggs into home made noodles.
In June of 2018, she had to leave the home that her husband had built for her. The last several months of her life were spent at the Long Term Care in Hoxie. She enjoyed making new friends and playing bingo to win prizes for her great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed the weekly Mass when Fr. Kevin could come out from Salina and Thursday afternoon rosary group.
She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the altar society and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary.
Survivors include her children, Gwen Offutt and husband, Kevin, Healy, Dan Weber and wife, Vicki, Park, Allan Weber and wife, Connie, Quinter, Marty Cressler and husband, Herb, Hoxie, Stacy Wagoner and husband, Jerry, Haxtun, Colo., Fr. Kevin Weber, Salina, and Alanna Woodward-Weber and Laura, Healy; a brother, Vernard Wildeman; a sister-in-law, Doreen Wildeman, a brother-in-law, Gene Kippes; 18 grandchildren; and 35 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her stepmother, Wanda Wildeman; two brothers, Pius and Francis; an infant sister, Carolyn; and two sisters-in-law, Neyla Kippes and Fran Wildeman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Park; burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.
A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.