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Helen Lorraine (Dillingham) Weimer dies at 92

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Helen Lorraine (Dillingham) Weimer, 92, passed away at her home in Liberty Twp.

Born July 31, 1916, she was the only daughter of Warren L. and Ferne (Proseus) Dillingham, both of whom preceded her in death.

On May 16, 1937, she married John J. Weimer, who preceded her in death in 2007.

She is survived by four children, Maynard (Anita) and Curtis (Marian) of Valparaiso, Ferne Weimer of Dallas, Texas and Jack (Kathie) of Grayslake, Ill.; grandchildren, Michele (Jon) Tribole, Wash., Lorelei Weimer, Chesterton, Jami (Bruce) Mathews, Ga., Bret Lawrence, Ind., Pam (Ric) Davis, Ga., Wendy (John) Bovard, Kenya, Kristin Weimer, Ill., Jason (Jennifer) Weimer, Minn., Jordan (Lindsay) Weimer, Ill.; 11 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Paul, Carlton, Allan, Lyle and Gene Dillingham.

Helen lived her entire life within a mile of her birthplace in Liberty Twp. After marrying John Weimer, they lived together in their home overlooking Mink Lake from 1938 until his death and continued to live there until her death.

Her greatest joy was to care for her family and home. At age 17, upon the sudden death of her mother, she set aside plans to go to secretarial school and began her lifelong vocation and high calling to homemaking and caring for others. For three years until she married, she assisted her father in caring for their home and three brothers. She spent 14 years using her secretarial skills as a volunteer to the chaplain at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Once a week she would ride the South Shore into Chicago, but correspondence has handled from a desk in her dining room. At various times she worked part-time at Lowenstine’s Department Store in Valparaiso and Mink Lake Golf Course. At Mink Lake she first learned to golf at age 16 and once hit a hole-in-one. The remaining members of the Ladies’ League who meet weekly for breakfast at Schoop’s Valparaiso will miss her.

As a charter member of Liberty Bible Church, Helen served in many roles during her active years. She enjoyed her times as a financial assistant counting the weekly offering, vacation Bible school secretary and kitchen coordinator. For many years she was involved in the ladies Bible study and missionary circle. She enjoyed inspiring Christian books and read her Bible every day. Her loving care and faithful prayer for family, friends and church will be greatly missed.

During her last illness she and her family appreciated the loving care provided by caregivers Carolyn Gray, Mary Griffin, Gwen Crawford and others who served her including the Visiting Nurses Association of Porter County, Hospice Care Team.

Memorial gifts may be given to Liberty Bible Church, VNA of Porter County, or Christian Haven of Wheatfield.

Funeral services, Pastor Bob Nienhuis officiating, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 1 at Liberty Bible Church. Interment will be at Kimball Cemetery following services.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso.

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Posted 5/29/2009