RANSOM- Lucille Rosemary “Lucy” Weber 89 of Ransom, took her path to glory Wednesday morning (Jan. 23, 2013) at her home surrounded by love after a long and fearless life.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM Saturday at St. Patrick’s Church, Ransom with Rev. J. Brian Rejsek, officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30-11:30 AM Saturday at St. Patrick’s Church, Ransom. Hagi Funeral Home, Streator is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Weber was born June 10, 1923 in Streator the daughter of John and Barbara (Kaschak) Rusak. She married Richard “Bussie” Weber at St. Stephen’s Church rectory, Streator, Nov. 23, 1950. He preceded her in death, Oct. 9, 1999.
Lucy had been employed as a nurse’s aide at the William Fox Development Center, Dwight. She was a strong advocate of religion and was an active member at St. Patrick’s Church serving as a sacristan. She had received a prestigious award from the Peoria Diocese for her service to the Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She attended Streator schools and was a graduate of Streator High School, class of 1941.
Lucy often spent extra hours creating crafts and decorations to cheer the hallways of the William Fox Development Center. She was an expert seamstress, creating different types of apparel for her family with her one and only Singer sewing machine that she received from her husband fifty years ago. She later began to crochet Afghans and finally mastered the art of quilting, producing beautiful pieces for over a decade.
Through thick and thin Lucy never lost her love for life even though a catastrophic incident on the farm tried to take hers at age 40. The incident warranted her first two anointing of the sick sacraments and left her scarred. Yet with four youngsters at home, Lucy rose out of the ashes. Anyone who met her did not immediately notice her disfigurement because they were either distracted by her beauty, sense of fashion or her high kicks. She overcame so many obstacles by using her faith, her zest for life and her love of a joke impaired only by her inability to tell one correctly.
Deemed the first lady of Ransom by a close friend, Lucy is preceded by a significant fraternity of family and friends whose legacies, thread by thread, weaves a beautifully profound tapestry of a life well lived and a time past but never forgotten when conjured by those of us who knew and love them and who remain to tell their stories. Stories when told serve not only to keep Lucy but all those we love very much alive. We will always love Lucy.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary T. Ballard, W. Palm Beach FL, Susan M. Weber, Berwyn and Julie A. Weber, Breckenridge CO, one son Dr. Richard J. “Rick” Weber, Peoria, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, Clarence “Kayo” and Daniel Rusak.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Memorial may be made to the donor’s choice.