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