Helene A. Shuster Weis, 86, of Rockford, Ill., died at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in her home.
Born July 18, 1927, in St. Marys, she was the daughter of Mathew and Johanna (Stemberger) Shuster.
She married James E. Weis Aug. 23, 1947, in St. Marys. Helene spent many wonderful years as a “homemaker” because making a home and being a mother was her finest accomplishment. As a mother, she was beautiful and vulnerable and taught her children, not on purpose, the risk of having love as your only job. She also taught them the importance of family and the richness of friends.
She is survived by the vital, funny, loving center of her life, her husband, Jim; children Mari Jo Weis Dahlgren of Medford, N.J., Alice Bergstrom of Beecher, Ill., Jane (Doug) Weis Proudfoot of Rockford, Ill., Beth Ann Weis of Belvidere, Ill., Daniel James (Hope) Weis of Deerfield, Ill., James Lee Weis of Rockford, Ill., and Matthew James Weis of Minnesota; grandchildren Katarina, Ian, and Sofia Dahlgren, Brent (Stephanie) Bergstrom, Steven Bergstrom, Chelsea, Alice, and Emma Brearley, Cooper Proudfoot, Oliver Morris, Sarah, Benji, and Jacob Weis; great-grandchildren Leighton Fosberg and MacKenzie Bergstrom; a sister, Lil Wehler; sisters-in-law Joanne (Ken) Gerg and Ann Weis; and a brother-in-law, John Urmann.
She was predeceased by siblings Mary Zust, Rose Brajoc, twins Frank Shuster and Pauline Mocnik, and Stephanie “Staff” Fritz. The family wishes to express special acknowledgement to her loving caregivers, Beverly Molitor, Rosa Carrillo, and Yuneun Perez, and to Transitions Hospice staff, including Sylvia, Cindy, and Edward for their compassionate care and companionship to the family.
A Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., with Rev. Dean Russell officiating. Memorial visitation will be from 5 to 6:45 p.m. prior to the service in the funeral home. We believe the hope of one family can have a cumulative effect on the world and create change. We also believe the flame of hope is at its strongest when we live for a common cause. As a family, we are giving together the gift of possibility, of hope. In honor of Helene, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1111 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.