Obituary Emma Weber


Emma Weber
December 22, 2011


WORLAND — Longtime Worland resident, Emma Weber, died peacefully at home on Dec. 22, 2011.

She was born Nov. 1, 1915, to German-Russian immigrants Peter and Elizabeth (Mast) Lehman of Loveland, Colo. Emma and her family moved to Worland when she was a young girl.

Her father helped to build the Holly Sugar Factory and was himself a sugar beet farmer.

As young children, Emma and her siblings helped to thin the beets, getting down on their knees crawling up and down the long rows.

Emma graduated from Durkee School, a one-room country school house. As a young woman, Emma helped cook and feed Holly’s employees and German prisoners of war. It was there she met her future husband, Louis Weber.

The couple married on March 26, 1936, at Zion Lutheran Church. When Louis decided to farm on his own, Emma worked side by side feeding many bum lambs and piglets as well as raising a large flock of chickens, selling the eggs.

Seven children were born to this union: Richard (Mary Ann) Weber of Worland; Lawrence (Janet) Weber of Lafayette, Colo.; Eileen (Gene) Walton of Stanchfield, Minn.; Mary Ellen (Gordon) Threlfall of Attleboro, Mass.; James (Carla) Weber, Daniel Weber, and Christine Weber; all of Worland.

Emma loved her family dearly, cooking, cleaning and nursing them when ill. Despite her large family, Emma opened her home often to visiting relatives.

Her greatest passions were her vegetable and flower gardens. Emma’s canning expertise used up every bit of garden vegetables and orchard fruits and every corner of the family home’s foundation was filled with sweet-smelling flowers.

She deeply loved her church and church family, faithfully attending Sunday school and worship services. That faith was instilled in all of her children.

During the latter part of her life, Emma became an honorary member of the Worland Garden Club and Worland WReds.

Dogs and cats were as much a part of Emma’s life as were her husband and children.

Louis died on Feb. 9, 1979

Emma was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, two grandsons, one great-granddaughter and her husband. Emma’s siblings were: Peter Lehman; Katie Lehman Lass; Catherine Lehman Salzman; Mollie Lehman Garman; Fred Lehman; Elizabeth Lehman Eckerdt; Henry Lehman; Herman Lehman; Esther Lehman Strauch; and Millie Lehman Kister.

She is survived by her seven children, nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Rest peacefully, mom, in the arms of our Lord Jesus. We love you and miss you.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church with Dr. Ralph Partelow and Pastor Stephen Couch officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorial donations may be made to Zion Evangelical Church or to the New Hope Humane Society in care of Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.  Online condolences may be made at Bryant Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.