Mary Alice Weber
03/26/1939 - 01/08/2019
Mary Alice (McGarvey) Weber, 79, of Virginia MN, passed away peacefully on January 8th, 2019, surrounded by her family and with the kind support of the New Journey Residence Eveleth Staff and Essentia Hospice Care. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12th at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior at Holy Spirit Church in Virginia MN. Father Brandon Moravitz will be officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 11th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Range Funeral Home in Virginia MN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Marquette Catholic School. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Range Funeral Home. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com
Mary was born in Waterloo IA on March 26th, 1939 to Sylvester and Blanche McGarvey, who farmed near Eagle Center IA. She was in the first graduating class of Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville IA and as was typical with Mary, she kept in touch with her classmates and recently attended the 60th reunion in 2017. She continued on to Mount Mercy College and later Iowa State University, where she completed her BA while becoming both newly wed and a mother to her first 2 daughters, all without a grade lower than B.
Mary was married to James Weber on Aug. 29, 1959 in Eagle Center IA. She was very grateful to all who attended their 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration in 2009 and was overwhelmed with the same love and nervousness as the first time she said her vows and started their 59 and a half years of being the cutest dance couple on the floor. (They met at a mutual friend’s wedding reception at the Waterloo Electric Ballroom, where Mary was the only woman shorter than Jim and he asked her to dance.) Her unwavering love for Jim was still present when, despite her advancing Parkinson ’s disease, she said “yes” when they again recently renewed their vows.
Mary and Jim lived in Ames IA, Cedar Rapids IA, Exira IA, Carroll IA, Sheldon IA, Virginia MN, Apache Junction AZ, and Lake Vermilion MN. Mary was quick to make friends and integrate into every new (or old) house, community, church parish and her children’s schools. She was an avid reader and dedicated local paper enthusiast, daily reading the Mesabi Daily News front to back.
Mary was a relentlessly hard-working wife and busy mother of seven. She consistently did more for her family than what sometimes seemed possible for someone of her small stature. After most of her children had left the home, she gave the same dedication to her careers at AEOA, substitute teaching and Fingerhut. More importantly, she was dedicated to her friends and sorority sisters. She was a devoted bridge player and would always arrange games, find players, be forever ready to “fill-in” on short notice, and even went so far as to teach her husband and kids how to play. She had a quick wit, effortless sense of humor, and a seemingly bottomless wisdom she freely shared with all. In her quiet way, she made everyone around her better, especially her family.
In addition to supporting her family and working, she volunteered as Eucharistic minister, Marquette school board member, Beta Sigma Phi sorority officer, and every Boy Scout, Apache Junction retirement community board, and Washington Manor board that her husband was on.
Mary’s family would especially like to thank the New Journey Residence Eveleth and Essentia Hospice Care staff for the loving and dignified care they gave her.
Mary is survived by her spouse, Jim; children – Cindy of Des Moines IA, Sherri (Craig Johnson) of Long Lake MN, Connie of St. Paul MN, Scott (fiancee Chris) of Savage MN, Brad (Andrea) of Savage MN, Brian (Jessie) of Brainerd MN; grandchildren – Keir, Luke, Dale, Katie, Bella, Julia, Walter, Marsden, and Cleo; brothers and sisters – Jim, Margaret, Tom, Wayne, Paula and Beth, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary is preceded in death by her daughter, Kim and parents Sylvester and Blanche McGarvey.