Dorothy Marie Weber, 92, passed away under the loving care of her nieces, Agrace Hospice and Talamore Senior Living Center, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. Born in Richland County, Illinois, on May 13, 1931, to John P. and Pauline H. (Diemel) Weber, Dorothy was raised in the farming community of Wakefield with her older brothers, Florian and Victor.
Dorothy’s passion for learning and service were evident at a young age. At thirteen, she attended Ancilla Domini, earning her high school diploma in the catholic community of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, Indiana, where she became a devoted member. Dorothy served as an exemplary teacher with assignments ranging from elementary to post-secondary education. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chicago, and, upon completion of her doctorate degree in Philosophy at Catholic University of America, Washington DC, Dorothy taught philosophy and metaphysics courses at both Ancilla and St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame.
As the philosophy department at St Mary’s was merging with Notre Dame, Dorothy decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Completion of this degree began the next leg of Dorothy’s journey, integrating her knowledge of both philosophy and healthcare, with her commitment to service. As a result, Dorothy held numerous positions in healthcare to include nursing, healthcare executive administration, pastoral care, and cancer patient research.
Dorothy’s devotion to uplifting and serving those in need extended beyond her profession to her family. She cared for her mother, and later her brother, when they fell ill with cancer, providing care in her Indianapolis home until their passing.
In her 60’s, Dorothy met and married her soulmate, Roger Schneeman. The two shared a wonderful life for eleven years before he passed away. Together they enjoyed each other’s professions, the arts, and intellectual and spiritual companionship.
After Roger’s passing, Dorothy continued her service in a variety of ways, most notably by volunteering and providing spiritual care for those suffering from memory loss.
As her health declined, Dorothy chose to relocate near her nieces in Wisconsin, where she spent her last years.
Dorothy is survived by her nieces Carolyn Susan Weber, and Connie Lynn Dettmer (Peter), both of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; nephews Stephen Florian Weber (Rebecca) of Winston-Salem, NC, Mark Victor Weber (Janet) of Flora, Illinois, and John Carey Weber (Joan) of Mason, Illinois; and stepchildren, Pamela, Douglas, and Jeffrey Schneeman of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, John and Pauline Weber, brother Florian and his wife Betty Jo, brother Victor and his wife Patricia, and husband Roger Schneeman.
Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Dorothy’s life from 6-7:00 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) on Friday, October 6, 2023 at Ancilla Domini Chapel, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN 46513 with a Mass of the Resurrection to follow at 7:00 PM and a regathering immediately following Mass. A private interment service will be held for immediate family and closest friends in Indianapolis, IN, and a Mass is being planned for late fall in Wendelin, Illinois.
Dorothy believed that access to education was the key to providing a context to better understand the world, therefore enriching the lives of the individual, the community, and the world for generations to come. She advocated for and contributed generously to many causes including but not limited to:
Memorials in Dorothy’s honor may be made to these organizations.
Cress Funeral Home Sun Prairie