Julie P. Weiss

Julie P. Weiss, 89, of Mondovi, WI, died Saturday, November 18, 2006, at the American Lutheran Home in Mondovi, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Mondovi, with Fr. Jeffrey Burrill officiating.

Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

She was born February 11, 1917, in the town of Cranmoor, Wood County, WI, to William and Anna (Gotz) Peaslee. She attended a one-room school in the town of Cranmoor; and shortly after completing eighth grade, she was taken into the home of the Silas and Ruth Corey family in Wisconsin Rapids so that she could continue her education. She was always most grateful for the many wonderful and thoughtful things that the Corey family did for her, and always considered them her second family.

She graduated from Lincoln High School in two-and-one-half years and went on to Wood County Normal College. Upon graduation, she taught in one-room schools in the town of Cranmoor until the advent of World War II.

During WW II, she worked for Oscar Mayer Meat Co., packing meats for the armed forces, and later worked in the office at Badger Ordnance in Baraboo, WI.

After the war, she went back to teaching, and was teaching in the Adams-Friendship district when she met Paul Weiss. They were married June 23, 1947, at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Pittsville, Wis. She and her husband had five daughters; and when they reached school age she went to work at various industries in Eau Claire so that she could provide financial assistance for her daughters to attend Sacred Heart Parochial School, Regis High School and UW-Eau Claire.

In 1956, she and her husband bought a farm in the town of Drammen north of Mondovi. She was a tireless worker in helping her husband build a large addition to their four-room farmhouse and make it into a large, comfortable, homey home for a family of seven.

She had a magical green thumb, and with the help of her growing daughters, raised not only lovely flowers but also an abundance of tasty vegetables and strawberries that would feed the family all year.

She enjoyed going on picnics and fishing trips with her family and a neighboring family and their children. Some weekends the family would go to state parks in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

When the children were old enough, her greatest pleasure was going on family tent camping trips to some of the national parks and wide open spaces of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota and wherever. For years these trips provided many great memories and lots of laughs. She was an excellent artist, and enjoyed crafts and making quilts for her grandchildren.

She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Mondovi and its ladies Altar Society.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Weiss, of Mondovi; five daughters, Jeanne (Mike) Kuhn of Remer, MN, Anne (Neal) Brunskill of Philip, SD, Paula (Robert) Reedy of Vale, SD, Mary Pederson (special friend, Ernest Werlein) of Mondovi and Ruth (Larry) Werlein of Mondovi; 22 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene (Everett) Rasmussen of Wisconsin Rapids and Regina (James) Floyd of Greenville, SC; four brothers, Claude (Myrtle) Peaslee of Wisconsin Rapids, Bernard Peaslee of Wisconsin Rapids, Willis (Dorothy) Peaslee of Nekoosa and John (Hallie) Peaslee of City Point; and by Dr. Richard Corey and Dean Corey, surviving sons of her great benefactors, Silas and Ruth Corey; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, infant Francis and Roy; four sisters, 10-year-old Vera, Joyce (Jost) Schilter, Bernice (John) Lilley and Pearl (Clarence) Larson.

She was a wonderfully loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and leaves a great void in many lives.