Nancy Lee (Zschocher) Weber, 80, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Benefis Senior Services, Memory Care. She is survived by her children: Kimberly Lang of Wauwatosa, WI; John (Janelle) Weber of Waconia, MN; James (Lisa) Weber of Longmont, CO; and Deborah (Randy) Stratman of Helena, MT; and grandchildren Jake (Marianne) Weber; Tyler (Danielle) Verwahren; Mitchel Weber; Meghan Weber; and Alec (Abby) Weber. She was also the happy great-grandmother of Sylvia Verwahren, Mathilde Verwahren, Wesson Weber, Emberly Weber, and Greyson Weber.
Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 25, 1942, Nancy was the third of ten children. Her family moved to Cheswick, PA where she attended Springdale High School in nearby Springdale, PA. All of the Zschocher children played a musical instrument, and Nancy attained first chair in the saxophone section. She was preceded in death by her parents, Heinz and Elsie (Meyer) Zschocher, as well as her sisters, Iris Graham, Caroline Colby, Cathy Finn, and her brothers Marty Zschocher and Robert Zschocher. She leaves behind her sisters Betsy (Mike) Mueller of Eden Prairie, MN, Sue Ranieri of Farmington, ME, Barb Peterson of Barron, WE and Vicki (Phil) Juntti, of Menahga, MN.
Nancy worked as a stewardess for Eastern Airlines, enjoying the travel opportunities it provided her. In describing her time working for the airline that pioneered the hourly air shuttle services between New York City, Washington, DC, and Boston, Nancy would insist that she was a stewardess and NOT a flight attendant because there was a difference between the two occupations in her worldview.
Nancy met Thomas Weber in St. Paul, Minnesota, marrying him on November 25, 1967. After living in Minnesota for four years, they relocated to Tom’s home state of Iowa. In 1985, their family moved to Colorado when Tom found a new job in Longmont. Nancy always loved seeing the mountains of Colorado and enjoyed living out West. In Colorado, Nancy worked at many different jobs, from executive secretary, to bookkeeper, to housecleaner. She preferred keeping busy and even helped Tom with his activities for the Knights of Columbus, Council #1313. She was instrumental in preparations for the monthly breakfasts hosted by the Knights.
Nancy was a very talented baker, with her signature creations being her angel food cake, cream puffs, and chocolate crazy cake. She would often send Tom into work with her latest efforts and his coworkers appreciated the goodies she made.
When not baking, Nancy also enjoyed reading, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and spending time with her beloved grandchildren.
Nancy and Tom remained together until, due to health reasons, she entered into Memory Care, first in Colorado at Mesa Vista in Boulder in 2013, and then in Montana at Benefis Senior Services Eastview in Great Falls in 2014. Nancy remained at Benefis until her passing.
At Benefis, Nancy found a new family in her dedicated caregivers and fellow residents. She was often seen making the rounds of Memory Care in her snazzy maroon walker – when she remembered that she needed to use it. She would help out with baking demonstrations, teaching staff the proper way to work with pie crusts and always cleaning up afterward. Her “job” at Benefis was to prepare the clothing protectors that the residents used at mealtimes. Staff members noted that Nancy’s method of rolling the clothing protectors (rather than folding them) was not just space-saving – it was also much prettier. Nancy enjoyed having her hair and nails done in the on-site salon and she was always up for a game of Bingo when it was hosted by staff. In the last couple of years, Nancy slowed down quite a bit. But she still had a smile that made the day of anyone who saw it. She took pleasure in simple things and really enjoyed an occasional Squirt soda.
Nancy's family would like to offer their most sincere appreciation to the staff of Benefis Eastview Memory Care for their kindness in caring for Nancy over the years. These wonderful people were her family as much as those to whom she was related by blood and are most certainly feeling her loss.
A Memorial Service will be held in Colorado at a future date. She will be interred with her husband at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO.