Jane Weaver (nee Williams), 64, of West Bend, passed away peacefully
surrounded by family on Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Kathy Hospice in
West Bend following a six-year battle with cancer.
Nellie was born to Harold and Jessie Henrietta (nee Derry) Williams on
Aug. 1, 1946, in Peoria, Ill. Nellie grew up in Monmouth, Ill. In 1964
she won the Miss Warren County Pageant and competed in the Miss Illinois
Pageant in Aurora, Ill. Nellie also was the head majorette and
participated in public speaking and several plays while in high school.
Following graduation from Monmouth High School in 1964, she obtained her
bachelor’s degree in speech/communications at Western Illinois
University in 1969. During her college years Nellie performed in several
theatrical productions at WIU and Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill.
Nellie met Jack Weaver on Feb. 22, 1964, which started a 47 year
lifetime relationship, and they married on July 19, 1969, in Monmouth,
Ill. They first lived in Glen Ellen, Ill., during which time Nellie
worked as media director at Clissold Publishing Co., and then as a copy
writer at Brad Sebstad Advertising and Public Relations, both in
Chicago, while acting in two theater groups in the Chicago area. After
Nellie and Jack moved to Indianapolis, Ind., she held several positions
at Burke Marketing Research in that same city. She also participated in
the local Newcomers and the Junior Women’s Clubs. At that time she
continued her acting career in many semi-professional theater and dinner
The couple relocated to West Bend in 1976. While raising two children,
Nellie participated in and became president of the Newcomers Club and
volunteered at the local schools and within the community. She was a Cub
Scout Den Leader, an Olympics of the Mind coach, an instructor for the
Imagination Center, and a Parents’ Spokesperson to the School Board at
McLane Elementary School.
Nellie was an advocate for a number of youth issues, including e d u c
at i o n . Enthusiastic about making schools the best they can be, she
strived to effect change as a West Bend School District Board member
from 1988 to 1997. During that period she served as the Board clerk
(1989, 1990, 1994 and 1995), treasurer (1991 and 1992), and president
Nellie continued to pursue her passion in theater and public speaking as
she participated in community theater in the Musical Masquers of West
Bend. She also really enjoyed working with students while she was an
assistant coach for the West Bend West High School Forensics Team and an
advisor to the Spartan Highlights T.V. Show.
Besides participating in the schools, Nellie volunteered at Friends of
Abused Families, where she was both a legal advocate and a personal
financial consultant. She also volunteered at the University of
Wisconsin County Extension Office as a family financial consultant.
Nellie’s other hobbies and interests included playing bridge, attending
plays, discussing politics, gardening and working puzzles and
brainteasers. She enjoyed spending time in at her Pelican lake home near
Brainerd, Minn., watching the birds and the “critters.”
Nellie is survived by her husband, Jack, as well as her children,
Kristin D. Weaver Bowman and husband, David, of Fullerton, Calif.; and
John E. Weaver II and wife, Samantha, of West Bend. She will also be
missed by her five grandchildren, Dakota, Alexander, Damyen, Zachary and
Kylee; and her many friends.
No services in West Bend are planned at this time.
The family has established a memorial fund for Friends of Abused
Families in honor of Nellie at: Friends of Abused Families, PO Box 117,
West Bend, WI 53095.
Thank you to all of the friends who have supported Nellie and her family
over the years. Special thank you to the caregivers at Kathy Hospice who
made Nellie’s last week comfortable and helped bring her and her family
a measure of peace.