Janet Sue Weaver
November 6, 1941 – June 7, 2021
Jan Weaver (née Wellman), a longtime resident of Genesee County, died on June 7, 2021 in Fenton, MI. She was 79.
Jan was born in Detroit, MI and spoke fondly of her childhood, especially family trips to see the holiday window displays at J.L. Hudson’s on Woodward. Lazy summers were spent in Marquette at the family camp on Lake Superior. Jan was very close to her brother Hazen, twelve years her senior, and Hazen often allowed his little sister to tag along on his dates. The family later moved to Coldwater, MI where Jan graduated from high school.
While pursuing a degree in journalism at Michigan State University, Jan Wellman was seated alphabetically next to Richard Weaver. The two married after graduation and lived in MSU’s married housing while Richard completed his Master’s in Education. The couple celebrated 57 years of marriage last summer, just before Richard passed away in September 2020.
Jan was a long-time employee of the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission, acting as Public Information Officer for more than 20 years. She was part of the team responsible for bringing Christmas at Crossroads to life at Crossroads Village, and Jan was gratified to see this event become a holiday tradition for many area families.
In retirement, Jan and Richard moved to Midland, MI where she was a member of the Midland Garden Club and became a certified Master Gardener. The family often teased, however, that Jan was the Master while Richard was in fact the Gardener. Regardless, Jan’s beautiful home landscapes were meticulously maintained and always a work in progress. Retirement also allowed Richard and Jan to spend more summer days with family and friends at their Sweetwater Cottage in Harrisville, and many happy memories were made on the shores of Lake Huron.
Jan is survived by her children, daughter Holly (Ron) Nachtigal, son David Weaver of Traverse City, and grandsons Jimmy and Tommy. She was preceded in death by parents Alfred and Gwenyth (MacPhail) Wellman, and brother Hazen. The family is grateful to the staff at Vicinia Gardens Memory Care of Fenton and The Medical Team Hospice for the kind and respectful care given to Jan and her family. Jan owned a dog (or two) most every day of her life, so in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Genesee County, geneseehumane.org. A family memorial celebration for both Jan and Richard is planned for a later date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Janet Sue Weaver
have a memory or condolence to add?ADD A MEMORY
June 14, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Weaver family. I knew Richard and Jan for many years, as they purchased a Cairn Terrier puppy from me and drove to my grooming location in Swartz Creek for many years for me to groom their Cairn. They both were such very kind and a delightful couple. May they both be together again and R.I.P.
Carol L. Weaver
June 12, 2021
Jan was my beautiful sister-in-law. Dick and my late husband were brothers. I always admired Jan’s beautiful houses, she had a talent for making them warm and inviting. I will miss both of them very much. Through the many years we shared a lot of memories, the best of course the births of our children! We are family, and the older you get you realize this more and more! Until I see you again R.I.P my dear ones. Love and family hereitage.
June 8, 2021
Jean and I have many fond memories of the last 45 years and our birthday and anniversary dinners and our visits to Jan and Dick's many cottages on Lake Huron. The time has passed so quickly, but our memories will always be with us. Our deepest condolences to Holly, Dave, Ron and the boys. Jim and Jean Kinney