Norma J. Weber, 81, of Bernard, died peacefully at home Nov. 16.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at the visitation and funeral mass was limited to immediate family only. A private family visitation was held Friday, Nov. 20, at Reiff Funeral Home in Peosta. A private funeral mass was held at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Mellerey, in Peosta, Saturday, Nov. 21, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Lectors were Jan Jauhiainen, Barb Weber and Chris Weber. Communion Meditations were read by Marlene Weber and Mike Russell. Musicians were Debbie, Paul and Jessica Durham. Placing of the Pall was done by Debbie Durham, Dennis Weber, Karen Berg, Marlene Weber, Jan Jauhiainen, Jodi Russell and Gary Weber. The service was live-streamed and viewable at 11 a.m. on the Reiff Funeral Home Inc. Facebook Page, and may be viewed online following the service. Private burial followed at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, rural Peosta.
Honorary Pallbearers were Zach Durham, Tyler, Durham, Jessica Durham, Ryan Weber, Matthew Weber, Alyssa Mullally, Simeon Jauhiainen, Micah Jauhiainen and Peyton Russell.
Casketbearers were Ben Weber, Andrew Weber, Bryan Berg, Kevin Berg, Jacob Russell, Quinn Mullally, Josh Durham and Bridget Weber.
Norma was born Oct. 20, 1939, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph and Norine (Kelchen) Turnis. She graduated from Peosta Independent High School as salutatorian of her class. Oct. 17, 1962, she married Leo Weber and the couple farmed in Bernard, where they proudly raised their seven children. Norma had an out-going personality that made her a friend to any stranger, and their house was a fun-filled meeting place for card parties and numerous family gatherings. Norma’s infectious laugh, caring nature, and easy smile put people at ease and she would lend a hand to anyone who needed it. Whether teaching religious education classes, volunteering in a classroom, chaperoning a bus trip, babysitting, or just mending a pair of jeans for someone, you could always count on Norma.
Helping others was important to Norma. She held leadership roles in the Holy Family Altar and Rosary Society and was an active member of Catholic Daughters of America as well as her parish community. For many years, Norma lovingly provided childcare in her home. Although never trained as an educator, Norma always dreamed of being a teacher and proudly supported anything to do with education. In reality, Norma was a teacher of many things. She made sure her children had regular trips to the summer bookmobile, provided them with music instruments and lessons, and taught them to sew, cook, can, and plant a garden. Terrified of water because she couldn’t swim, Norma spent hours in carpools to make sure all of her children learned this valuable skill. Leading by example, Norma instilled expectations of excellence, compassion, and a strong work ethic in her family.
Norma enjoyed many hobbies, including square-dancing with Leo, listening to polka music, and playing board games with her grandkids. Never afraid to try new things, Norma loved travel, always excited to just “ride along” somewhere. Norma was also a terrific seamstress who stitched her love into quilts, curtains, prom/bridesmaid/square-dance dresses and clothes. She made flower arrangements for weddings, skillfully refinished furniture, and hand-embroidered dozens of flour-sack towels for her children and grandchildren. Her bountiful guppy tank was also a source of pride. Norma’s green thumb could rehab any plant, and she was especially passionate about her flowerbeds and gardening. Norma also loved playing euchre, and she made sure that anyone—well everyone—who crossed her path learned to play.
More than anything else, Norma treasured spending time with her family, and her love for life was infectious. She was immensely proud of her kids and grandkids, and she enjoyed watching them at sporting and music events. Recently, Norma proudly learned to navigate her iPad and looked forward to weekly zoom calls with her family. Always filled with a youthful spirit, Norma would share stories, muse about life and fill the hearts of all who gathered with words of wisdom. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
Norma is survived by her children: Debbie (Weber) and Paul Durham of Nixa, Mo., Dennis and Chris (Mullally) Weber of Edwards, Ill., Karen (Weber) and Jim Berg of Iowa City, Marlene Weber of Peosta, Jan (Weber) and Peter Jauhiainen of Cedar Rapids, Jodi (Weber) and Mike Russell of Mt. Vernon and Gary and Barb (Young) Weber of Asbury; 17 grandchildren: Josh and Lauren (Kitson) Durham, Zach and Courtney (Current) Durham, Tyler Durham, Jessica Durham, Ryan Weber, Matt and Felicia (McGuinn) Weber, Alyssa Mullally, Quinn Mullally, Bryan Berg, Kevin Berg, Simeon Jauhiainen, Micah Jauhiainen, Jacob Russell, Peyton Russell, Ben Weber, Andrew Weber, and Bridget Weber; her sisters, brothers, and in-laws: Bill Turnis, John and Linda Turnis, Betty and Dan Buelow, Ginny and Gary Recker, CJ and MaryBeth Turnis, Linda and Dan Gantz, Alice Weber and Emil and Darlene Weber; and many nieces and nephews.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo Weber; her granddaughter, Danielle Weber; three brothers: Norma’s twin Nicholas Turnis, Jerome Turnis and Richard Turnis, all in infancy; her father- and mother-in-law, Bernard J.C. “Ben” and Anna (Erdmann) Weber; and her in-laws: Ruth Turnis, Phyllis Turnis, Helen and Albert Gansemer, Elmer and Mary Weber, Clarence Weber and Raymond and Doris Weber.
Anyone unable to attend services may send memorials to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN; Norma Weber family, P.O. Box 1, Peosta, IA 52068. A celebration of life service for Norma will be held at a later date. If you would like to view a video tribute or send online condolences to the family, please visit our website at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.