John Weber III

Nov. 2, 1914 Ė Oct. 24, 2010

John Weber III, 95, of Waukesha, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at his home in Wales.

He was born in Waukesha to John and Evelyn Weber and was a lifelong resident of the area. For 59 years, he was the loving husband of Merle Weber, who passed away Dec. 12, 1998.

John was a devoted father to six children: three daughters, Mary Jo Detter of Oregon City, Ore., Pat (Bob) Schmidt of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Anne (Bill) Farrey of Appleton; and three sons, Tom (Maddi) Weber of Fort Myers, Fla., John (Lore) Weber IV of South Bend, Ind., and Chuck (Joanne) Weber of Delafield. He is also survived by 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be missed by many other friends and relatives from the Waukesha and Wales areas.

Among Johnís loves were muskie fishing, golfing, woodcraft, photography, model making, model railroading and creating mechanical innovations of all sorts along with his spouse, children, relatives and friends. He was an honors graduate from Marquette University High School (1932) and Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering (1937), and a member of the National Honorary and Professional Societies Alpha Sigma Nu, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Phi Delta.

John entered the hotel business in 1937 and became an expert in all phases of hotel operations. He served as president of the Wisconsin Hotel Association (1949-50), president of the Northwestern Hotel Association (1952-53), president of the Junior Hotel Men of America (1952-53), was on the Board of Governors of the American Hotel Association (1950-53), and was director of the American Hotel Association (1954-56). He served on the Board of Directors of Waukesha State Bank for 40 years and was a past president of the Waukesha Chamber of Commerce, as well. John served as president of the City Hotel Management Company and as vice president of the Waukesha Community Hotel Company while owning and running the Avalon Hotel in Waukesha along with his brother and dear friend Carl from the late 1940s through 1968, and was active in numerous civic organizations and activities in the Waukesha area. Following his hotel career, John became a professional Realtor and developer, being named Waukesha County Realtor of the Year in 1976.

Over the years, John was an active member of St. Maryís and St. Williamís Catholic churches in Waukesha, and, in more recent years, became an enthusiastic member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Genesee Depot.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 4 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection on Thursday, Oct. 28, at St. Paul Catholic Church, S38-W31602 Wern Way (corner of highways D and 83) Genesee Depot, WI 53127. The Rev. Mark Molling will be officiating, concelebrated by the Rev. Robert Gosma, the Rev. David Filut and the Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ. After Mass, a light supper will be served for all guests wishing to participate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Johnís name to St. Paul Elementary School, S38-W31602 Highway D, P.O. Box 95, Genesee Depot, WI 53127.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home is serving the family. For the online obituary, cards of condolence or directions, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com or call the funeral home at 542-6609.