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Josephine (Jo) Weiss

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 14, 2020 @ 11:18 am In Obituaries | 4 Comments

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Josephine (Jo) Weiss, formerly of Sarasota, FL, passed away on October 9 at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA.  Jo was born and raised in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William A. Berry and Beatrice Grier Berry.  She was predeceased by her husband, William (Bill) Weiss in October 2016. They shared 65 years of marriage filled with travel, unique experiences and wonderful memories.

The couple experienced many relocations over their 65 years, most recently from Chicago, Illinois to Sarasota, Florida.  They were both quite active in their church and in community organizations wherever they lived.

While in Chicago, Jo was a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago Child Care Society, serving as Vice President and Chair of the Nominating Committee.  She was a life member of the Child Care Board.  She also was a member and Vice Chairperson of the Adler Planetarium Board of Trustees, and a member of the Executive Committee.  She was on the Women’s Board of Northwestern University and served with the President’s Council of the Museum of Science and Industry.  She and her husband were active members of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.

While living in Sarasota, she served with the Florida Center for Child and Family Development as a member of the Board of Directors and the Center’s Program Committee.  She was active with Chi Omega National Sorority.  She and her husband were active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota.

She and Bill were quite involved in educational philanthropy at several institutions, but particularly at their alma mater, Penn State, where they provided scholarships primarily for first generation college students.  Several hundred university and community college students received their degrees as a result of the support provided by the couple.  Jo also provided support for faculty at Penn State, establishing the Josephine B. Weiss Chair in the Humanities, as well as support for the University Library.

Jo always maintained her husband, children and grandchildren as the highest priority of her life, and she dedicated herself to their happiness, education and well-being with love and compassion.  Jo was the heart of the family.  She is survived by her sister, Beatrice Mellinger of State College, PA, three married children, daughter Susan (Ken) Miller of Lancaster, PA, sons David (Dorene) of Holly Springs, NC, and Steven (Mitzi) of Steamboat Springs, CO, as well as five grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

The family will have a small, private memorial service at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory later this month.  Her final resting place will be with her husband at Fort Indiantown Gap at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, or First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota.

Condolences for the family of “Josephine (Jo) Weiss”

Condolence from diane debord on October 15th, 2020 12:09 pm

Dear Sue and Ken,
So sorry to know of the loss of your beautiful mother! She was a very busy person wasn’t she?!
I hope your family is well; I am sure the memories you hold dear will get you through this hard time.

Condolence from Candy Swick on October 19th, 2020 3:13 pm

It was a privilege to have Jo as a friend. She epitomized womanhood as a gracious, kind, and accepting person. She was a shining example of a well educated individual who beamed when she talked about her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and best of all her husband, Bill. Jo had a beautiful Christian heart.
She was quiet about the accomplishments of her life. She and Bill took such joy when asked about the simple Penn State watches that they wore. When I asked about the matching watches, she shared the story of the mother and father who had saved faithfully to send their child to college. The parents did not go to college and therefore it was Jo and Bill who had taken great interest in a child who would receive a scholarship from them. As a first time member of a family to attend college they received a Bill and Jo Weiss scholarship at Penn State. The parents of the child used their savings to purchase the watches of thanks for Bill and Jo. Jo and Bill were so humbled by the gift from the parents. They were so pleased share with others.

Condolence from AMG National Trust on October 29th, 2020 7:51 am

Dear Sue, Ken, Dave, Doreene, Steve, Mitzi and family.
Your mom was a truly extraordinary woman and was admired by everyone who knew her! We hope you find comfort in fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Earl, Linda, Angela, Mayra, Nancy and all your AMG team

Condolence from Marcia Schaper on October 29th, 2020 10:06 am

We send our sympathy to your family on the death of Jo. Jo and Bill were generous, faithful members of First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida. Their long and happy marriage was an inspiration. God bless you all.
Marcia and Larry Schaper

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