EDITH MARIE WEILBACHER

Edith Marie Weilbacher (nee Meyer), age 103, of Plymouth, passed away on Friday evening (October 14, 2016) at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.

She was born at home on March 9, 1913, daughter of the late Herman and Emma (Blanke) Meyer.

Edith attended 1st through 8th grades at St. John Lutheran School in Plymouth. Being raised to speak German, while in 2nd grade, a note was sent home to her parents informing them that she must learn to speak English. Six months into her first year of high school, Edith fell off the “chicken roost” and injured her back. She was unable to attend school, so the principal brought her lessons to her for the next 6 months.

As a young child, Edith’s father would take her and her younger siblings to school in the morning. In the spring and fall, the kids would have to walk home to Gerber’s Lake after school. During the cold winter months, Edith lived with her grandparents in Plymouth and would return to the farm on the weekends. By the time she was in 7th and 8th grade, she was allowed to drive the horse and buggy to school. Her parents allowed them to drive on the farm property, but had a strict rule that the children could not drive the horse and buggy on the road until they were 10 years old.

On September 14, 1940, she married Frank J. Weilbacher. They lived in Plymouth their entire life, most of those years on Schwartz St. Frank preceded her in death on May 18, 1988.

Edith was employed at Cleveland Container in Plymouth from 1936-1941. For a period of years, beginning in 1950, she worked as a waitress at Ardnt’s Place in Plymouth, followed by operating her own lunch counter at Burkhart’s Bowling Alley in Plymouth. Because of her love for cooking, she started preparing and serving dinners for the American Legion (dinners at “The Legion” were called “Buck Night” which meant each person paid $1 for their home-cooked dinner, including dessert) VFW, Masonic Lodge, and various churches mostly in the Plymouth area. For many years she worked at Kalk’s Hall in Plymouth, helping prepare dinners for wedding receptions. In addition, she baked cakes: wedding, birthday, baptism, first communion or for any other occasion.

Edith was a lifelong member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth, where she served as a member of the Ladies Evening Guild.

From 1955-1971, she volunteered at the American Red Cross, serving in the Plymouth canteen.

Along with her joy of making quilts for her family, she loved gardening and did both into her late 90’s. Even at the age of 103, she could be found in her kitchen canning tomatoes, green beans, peaches and pears, or making strawberry jam with help from her son Bob. She was still making her own bread and baking pies for holiday dinners with her family.

She was a remarkable Mom, Grandmother and Great-grandmother. The walks she took with her grandkids “down the tracks” have left them with many fond memories. How blessed we have been to have her with us for so many years!

Edith is survived by her three children: Roger (Ann) Weilbacher of Jefferson, WI, Robert Weilbacher of Plymouth, and Mary Ann (James) Hellwig of Plymouth; Five grandchildren and 14 Greatgrandchildren: Gary (Julie) Weilbacher of Bloomington, IL (their children: Alexandra (Bobby) Humbra and Zach), Laura (Todd) Halkoski of Johnson Creek, WI (their children: Jordan and Courtney), Christopher (Christina) Meyer of Cascade (their children: Hunter and Dawson), James (Tricia) Meyer of Plymouth (their children: Danielle and Mitchell), and Ryan (Stephanie) Meyer of Elkhart Lake (Lexie, Ella, and Nicholas) and great-grandchildren: Dane, Alie, and Alaina Berres; One great-great-grandchild: Ilia Lynn Humbra; Two sisters-inlaw: Lorraine Meyer and Shirley Heule; former daughter-in-law: Janet Behling; and former son-in-law: Donald Meyer. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Frank; two grandchildren: Lynn Berres and Brian Weilbacher (who died in infancy); Six brothers: Willard, Harold (Irene), Elmer (Gertie), Eddie (Ione), Raymond (Helen) and Monroe (who died in infancy); Four sisters: Ovila (Tony) Katchever, Junette (Harry) Pieper, Lucille (Walter) Habeck, and Marion (who died in infancy).

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday (October 18, 2016) at 12 Noon at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth. Rev. John Schultz will officiate. Burial will take place in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery .

Visitation will take place at the church on Tuesday (Oct. 18) from 10:30 A.M. until the time of services.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

The family would like to thank Chari Perl for your many visits to Edith and always being a cherished friend to her. They would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, and housekeepers: Kim and Lori, on the 4th floor at St. Nicholas for the wonderful care and compassion given to them and Edith.


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