Gretchen Ann ‘Grete’ Weber

Gretchen Ann “Grete” Weber passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, May 5, 2013. She was 79 years old. A lifelong resident of Merton, Grete was born, raised, lived her life and died in the same house.

Growing up on the farm with her four brothers and two cousins next door lead to an active life for Grete. Not to be undone by all those boys, she learned to drive a tractor at the age of 5 and could clean a chicken with the best of them. She attended what is now Divine Savors/Holy Angels School and Quincy University in Illinois. Returning home from Quincy, she became actively involved in the community, participating in activities including softball, bowling and tennis. She was a member of the Lake Keesus Women’s Club. Grete was quite the social butterfly and so enjoyed the company of her many, many friends.

She worked for the U.S. Postal Service, beginning her career as a postal clerk serving under the postmaster of Merton, her brother Marty. She became the postmaster upon his retirement. Grete retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1989, having served 30 years for the government at the Merton Post Office. After her retirement, Grete spent many, many hours volunteering at her lifelong parish, St. Charles. She enjoyed taking communion to nursing home residents, helping out in the kitchen for funerals, Sunday morning doughnuts and the annual spring cleanup. She especially looked forward to her Tuesday morning Mass and breakfast group.

Grete is survived by and will be greatly missed by her brother, Andy (Lil) Weber; her sister-in-law, Louise Weber; and her many nieces and nephews, most notably by nieces Ellen (Thomas) Sizer and Sue Weber and her Weber nephews, John (MaryJo), Mark, A.J. (Susan), Jim (Silvia), Greg, Jeff and Kirk (Rita). She loved being the great auntie to 12 and great great- auntie to two.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Martin Sr. and Gretchen C. Weber; her brothers, Marty Jr. (Mary), J.R. and Tom (Sheila); and a nephew, Michael Weber.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, May 11, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland, with visitation from 9 a.m. until Mass at 11 a.m. Private inurnrment will be in St. Charles Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Charles Parish would be appreciated.

Evert-Luko Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 367-2156 or visit online at

Rest peacefully Grete, knowing we all “loves ya.”