Esther Frantz Weaver, 96, died, January 5. at Lancaster General Hospital. She was a life-long Lancaster County resident, with the past 20 years at Homestead Village.
Born in Millersville she was the wife of the late Nelson Weaver. Many knew her as “Skip” having been nicknamed by Nelson. She was a devoted Mother and wife, assisting Nelson by overseeing office needs for Nelson Weaver Grain Elevator now known as Nelson Weaver & Son, Inc..
She graduated from Penn Manor developing her love of singing with memories of roles in school operettas. Her singing pleasure continued with a Homestead Village group. Music interest also included playing the piano. Attending Millersville State Teachers College led to a brief teaching career in eastern Lancaster County. Years later she continued to enjoy visits from former students and often shared memories of times with Amish families and experiences of one-room schools.
“Skip” and Nelson developed a passion for golf together and with friends, playing locally, travelling, and later years spending winters as Florida residents. She proudly spoke of organizing the first women’s golf group for Overlook Golf Course. Golf continued to be an outlet into her 80’s, reminding family to “do it while you can”. After Nelson’s death in 1984, Florida winters continued inviting friends and family to join her.
Devoted to and very proud of family, she is survived by daughter Judy W. Smith, wife of R. Randall Smith of Lancaster and a son, Richard Nelson Weaver, Lititz. Seven Smith grandchildren include C. Andrew, Bowen T. and Scott C., all of Lancaster: infant, Timothy Randall Smith predeceased. Richard’s daughters – Jennifer Weaver Rice, Kristen Weaver Gingerich, and Andrea Weaver reside in Lititz. Ten great grandchildren know her as “Nan”. All the joy of her life.
She was a member of St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
A private family funeral service will honor her life. In lieu of flowers. memorial donations may be made in her honor to Homestead Village, 1800 Marietta Avenue, PO Box 3227, Lancaster, PA 17604.