June 10, 1915 – July 17, 2010
Gladys Weber (née Perschbacher) passed away peacefully on July 17, 2010 after a brief stay in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. She was 95 years old.
Gladys was predeceased by Norman Weber, her dear husband of 47 years, who died in 1990; and by her sisters: Evelyn Sturm, Ruth Caldwell, Ethel Case and Lillian Hallman. She will be sadly missed by her two daughters, Joan Burton of Newmarket, Ontario, and Kathryn and her husband Robert Hettler of Armstrong, BC. She leaves six grandchildren: Scott and Jamie (Heidi) Burton; and Jeremy, Paul (Ruth), Karina, and Steven (Loralie) Hettler; as well as five great-grandchildren: Kyra, Emmitt, Halia, Dalia and Micah.
As a young woman, Gladys left school after Grade 11 to contribute financially to her widowed mother and 4 sisters by working as Secretary to the Medical Director at Dominion Life in Waterloo. She was also the church organist at Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Waterloo for 5 years.
After marrying Norman Weber in 1943, she devoted herself to being a fulltime wife and mother. In 1950, she and Norman moved to Calgary, Alberta, where they spent the rest of their lives together until his death. She was involved in the United Church as secretary, choir member and more, and was recognized for her leadership there in 1966. During those years she was also a backup organist for two churches, and an active participant in the Rotary Anns of Calgary, PEO, and two bridge clubs. She loved traveling;
in addition to frequent trips to Ontario to see relatives, she and Norman travelled to Hawaii, Europe and China. In 1999, she moved to Vernon to be closer to her daughter, Kathryn, and joined Trinity United Church here. Throughout her life, Gladys was consistently generous with her time, her energy, her financial resources, and her love. Her family always knew they were loved without question. She lived a good life, and she will be missed. A special thanks to the staff at Carrington Place for their loving care of Gladys and to the Friendship Unit at Trinity. A memorial service to celebrate Gladys’ life will be held at Trinity United Church Chapel in Vernon at 3 pm on Wednesday, August 4, 2010.
In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made in her name to Trinity United Church, PO Box 93, Vernon, B.C. V1T 6M1 and designate it for Camp Hurlburt, either Child Sponsorship or Rebuilding Campaign.