Doris Weber, a longtime resident of St. Peter, Minnesota, known for her work as a nurse and service to her church, died April 2, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. She was 91 and died from complications of congestive heart failure.
Calling hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at St. Peter Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., April 7, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Peter.
Mrs. Weber was a devout Catholic who retired each night with a rosary clasped in her hand, always finding someone in need of advocacy. She volunteered for her local church and later served as a Eucharistic minister, often delivering communion to those unable to attend church services. But she was by no means a retiring saint.
She was known as a great dancer in her day, whether waltz, foxtrot or polka. She was a teetotaler, for the most part, but would sip her own homemade wine at family gatherings on occasion and allowed herself in later years a single fuzzy navel at weekly bingo night at the American Legion in St. Peter.
A legendary gardener, she fertilized in spring with nothing but cow manure and froze her beloved vegetables in three large basement freezers. “I could make a meal of this,” she would often say over a steaming pot of fresh vegetables. While maintaining her large garden, a job in itself, she worked the night shift as an LPN at St. Peter Community Hospital in order to be free during the day to care for her family.
By practice and principle, she grew immune to the unpleasantries of nursing. “I could carry a bedpan in one and eat a ham sandwich with the other,” she often quipped, never taking herself too seriously.
Doris Marjorie Voss was born May 15, 1926, to Henry and Anna (née Zimny) Voss of Minnesota Lake. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel, a girls’ secondary school in Mankato, and went on to study nursing at Immanuel-St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato, now the Mayo Clinic Health System, where she died.
She married Herbert Glenn Weber of St. Peter on Oct. 3, 1950. Together they purchased a farm east of St. Peter and raised two children. Mrs. Weber returned to nursing in the 1960s at St. Peter Community Hospital and worked there through most of the ’80s.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Mary Ann Chirpich of Wells; and a brother, David Voss of Easton. She is survived by a son, Gregory Weber (Liz) of Nyack, New York; a daughter, Ann Wendt (Bob) of Mankato; grandchildren Jessica Wunsch (Kelly) of Austin, Texas; Mark Weber (Angie) of Madison, Wisconsin; Mark Moret (Angie) of Farmington; Matt Moret of Mankato; Samantha Weber of Nyack; Andy Wendt (Tiffany) of Burnsville; Alyssa Nesmoe (Taylor) of Mountain Lake; and great-grandchildren Fischer and Reece Wunsch of Austin; Anthony and Olivia Moret of Farmington; and Maddie Nesmoe of Mountain Lake.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the activity fund of Ecumen Sand Prairie, where Mrs. Weber spent the last six years of her life, and the American Legion of St. Peter.