Jack also enjoyed working at The Farmers’ Museum as an interpreter, especially as a broom maker in The Westcott Shop and as a printer in The Print Shop.
A dedicated volunteer for Bassett Healthcare and Habitat for Humanity, Jack was also a generous blood donor for the American Red Cross, having passed the five gallon mark many years ago. In his leisure he liked to read and cook.
Jack will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by one son, Ronald J. Weber and his wife, Arlene, of New Paltz; two daughters, Nancy Tallman and her husband, Dennis, of Fly Creek and Christine A. Soell and her husband, Julian, of Allendale, N.J.; and eight grandchildren, Katie A., Christopher R. and John J. Weber, Kyle S. Tallman, and Justin L., Emily A., Mitchell J., and Adam D. Soell.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Helen S. Weber, who died Jan. 28, 2013; one sister, Eileen Hunter, who died Jan. 8, 2013; and a son-in-law, Scott G. Peterson, who died July 17, 2001.
In fulfillment of Jack’s desire to have his body donated for medical education and research, he has been gratefully received by the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in memory of Jack at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2013, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, presiding. At the conclusion of the Mass, Military Honors will be accorded by members of the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard.
The Service of Committal and Burial will take place at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Index.
In keeping with Jack’s devotion to fire service, and in gratitude for assistance from local emergency personnel, Jack’s family would greatly appreciate that memorial gifts in his memory be directed to The Cooperstown Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Another way to memorialize Jack’s life would be a donation to The Farmers’ Museum, P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County, 291 Chestnut St., Suite 284, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow and Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.