Mary Jofred Christine Weiderman, 95, of Sturgis, owner and operator with her husband of Weiderman Fruit Farm in Sturgis for 52 years, went to be with her Lord on Saturday evening, July 24, 2010, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born May 2, 1915, in Summit, N.J., a daughter of the late E.G. and Lilly (Alfsen) Dillon.
Mary had resided in Sturgis most of her life, and graduated from Sturgis High School with the class of 1934. She was named the female athlete of her class.
On Oct. 14, 1938 she married Kenneth Donald Weiderman in Sturgis. He died March 15, 2001.
She was a longtime faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sturgis, where she had served with the altar guild, ladies aid and sang in the choir. She enjoyed driving, especially her golf cart. Mary and Ken enjoyed traveling throughout the United States including California, the east coast and a trip to Norway, and she loved time spent with her family.
She was proud to have ridden in the Sturgis Toy Run the past two years. Mary also enjoyed playing bingo at Thurston Woods, and she was one of the founding members of the Sturgis area TOPS program.
She is survived by two daughters, Christine Oxender of Sturgis and Sharon (Mike) Webb of Stevensville; four sons, Kenneth D. (Marge) Weiderman, Jr. of Arlington, Texas, Allen (Irene) Weiderman of Jacksonville, Fla., David (Cindy) Weiderman of Sturgis and Jim (Barbara) Weiderman of Sturgis; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward (Elizabeth) Dillon of Boca Raton, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Mary Dillon of Memphis, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, David Dillon, James Dillon and Adolf Dillon; and a nephew, Bruce Dillon.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Mary Weiderman will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sturgis. The Rev. Paul Stern will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Weiderman’s memory consider the St. John’s Lutheran Church or the St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir, 1108 E. Lafayette St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.