Esther Weimer


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Former Juneau resident Esther Geraldine Weimer died Dec. 2, 2007, in Ketchikan. She was 76.

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Born Dec. 12, 1930, in Juneau, she was of the Raven moiety, YaxTe Tann (Dog Salmon) from the YaxTe Hit (Dipper House) Auk Kwan. Her Tlingit name was Xadagaxshi.

She graduated from Mount Edgecumbe High School in 1949 and married Billy Weimer on Jan. 28, 1950, in Juneau.

She lived in Juneau, Point Pleasant, N.J., Sequim, Wash., and Seattle, before moving to Ketchikan in 1973.

Her family said she was a loving, patient wife and mother. They called her "Honey." They said she had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed going to Reno, Nev., with her husband.

She worked as a baker in St. Anne's Hospital in Juneau and in public health at Safeco and at Royal Globe in Seattle. She was a foster mother to children in Ketchikan.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Moose Lodge and attended the Ketchikan Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and fishing for salmon.

Her fight with cancer started many years ago. She was sent to Seattle many times to hospitals for various care but had always wished to stay at Ketchikan General Hospital, where she knew many of the staff.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Visaya; father, James Miller; and daughter, Christene G. Demmert.

She is survived by her husband; daughters, Geri Lindemann, of Everett, Wash., Carla Newman and her husband, Hector, of Quilcene, Wash., Carol Bush and her husband, Don, of Wasilla, and Ellen Williams and her husband, Mike, of Ketchikan; sons, William "Bill" Weimer, of Ketchikan, Russell Weimer and his wife, Lynn, of Everett, Carl Weimer and his wife, Sherri, of Ketchikan, and Richard Weimer, of Anchorage; sisters, Rosa Miller and Marlee Isturis and her husband, Rudy, of Juneau; 17 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Dec. 6 at Ketchikan Mortuary.

Her family thanks Ketchikan General Hospital, the Ketchikan Fire Department and Home Health Hospice.

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