Vera Henrietta (Meyer) Weber died peacefully on June 12, 2017 at the nursing unit of Villa Siena Senior Living Community in Mountain View CA. She was 99 years old.
She was born in Brooklyn NY on January 19, 1918 to Herman F. and Mary Martha (Riedemann) Meyer. Her early life was shaped by her participation in Ascension Lutheran Church and church social activities, and gatherings of the extended German-American family.
Vera attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn, excelling in languages. Though her awards were for excellence in Spanish, her favorite language was German and she continued to regale her family members and caregivers at Villa Siena with German phrases until the week she died. The quote she selected for her high school yearbook was from a sonnet (“The Poets”) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “Not in the shouts and the plaudits of the throng but in ourselves are the triumphs and the defeats.” She never sought the shouts and plaudits of the throng.
After graduation from high school, she worked as a receptionist at the New York Museum of Science and Industry for several years. It was here that she met her future husband Paul Weber, who had taken a summer job as a lecturer at the Museum. They were married in Brooklyn in 1941 and moved to the Washington DC area where Paul worked for the Navy Department. They raised three boys in a red brick house on a one-acre lot in Beltsville MD.
The family moved to Los Altos CA in 1957. As Vera began making a new life there, she and Paul decided to expand the family and in 1959 their first daughter was born. For the next 45 years, Vera created a home for her children and husband that nurtured them all. She started a daily routine of completing the crossword puzzle in the San Francisco Chronicle that continued up through March of this year.
Over the years, Vera and Paul developed many rituals that built their fun-loving relationship, including evening cocktails before dinner and Scrabble games each Sunday. After Paul retired in the early 1980s, they added lunch dates at a restaurant each Wednesday, picnic lunches on the back porch each Tuesday. They enjoyed traveling together. On their trips, Vera would make detailed notes each day of when and where and what they ate and drank. Starting in the 1970s and continuing for three decades, Vera and Paul also cherished bringing all their children and grandchildren together for a week each summer at various mountain, lake and ocean locations.
Vera Weber had a grateful heart. Every visitor could expect to hear at some point in the visit about how thankful she was for all she had been given. She didn’t worry about the future or the past, but lived in the present and trusted in God.
She was preceded in death by her sister Ardath, her father and mother and her husband.
She is survived by her four children: Bruce (Bobbie) Weber of Corvallis OR; Craig (Terry) Weber of La Quinta CA; Ralph (Zani) Weber of Half Moon Bay CA; and Joan (Greg) Loney of Los Altos CA. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Rachael Weber, Peter (Jennifer Furl) Weber and Mike Weber; Ashley Weber Hollihan and Katelyn Weber; Suzanne (Beth McGhee) Weber and Sarah (Joseph Chlubna) Gage; Eva Loney, Joseph Loney, and Daniel Loney; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at 11 am on Saturday June 24, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Rd in Los Altos. Viewing will start at 10 am at the Church prior to the funeral service. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Los Altos immediately after the funeral service. All are invited to a reception following the funeral service at Villa Siena Senior Living Community, 1855 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View CA.