Francis Fran Joseph Weber

April 30, 1920December 9, 2010

Weber, Francis Joseph, age 90, of Mesa, Arizona passed into God’s loving care on Thursday, December 9, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Fran was born in South Bend, Indiana on April 30, 1920. He was the beloved husband of Olga J. Weber, deceased in 1995. He also was predeceased by his father John J. Weber, Sr. and mother Johanna (Setelin) Weber, as well as by five brothers and five sisters. Fran is survived by his loving children: son, Ronald and daughter-in-law Beverly Weber (Hamilton Sq., NJ) and daughter Patricia Weber (Mesa, AZ). Grand-children include: Ronald, Jr. and wife, Lori White (Solebury, PA), Steven (Mesa, AZ) and Christopher Weber (Hamilton Sq., NJ). Great-grand-children are: Nicole Thomas (Levittown, PA), Kristin Weber (Levittown, PA) and Jeremy Weber (Hamilton Sq., NJ). Fran is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marjorie L. Marshall (Surprise, AZ), many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Fran was a World War II United States Navy Veteran, achieving the rank of Motor Machinist’s Mate Third Class. He graduated from South Bend (IN) Central High School in 1937. Fran then embarked on his cherished career in the brewing industry for the next 48 years. Fran and Olga (Marshall) were married in Fort Wayne, IN on June 14, 1941 and spent 54 happy loving, years together. Fran was a graduate of the Unites States Brewers’ Academy then in New York, NY in June, 1954 and was a proud life-time member of the Master Brewer Association of the Americas now in St. Paul, MN. He was employed at the former Drewry’s Brewery, Ltd. in South Bend, IN from 1957 to 1972, achieving the rank of Assistant Brew Master. He transferred to the former Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company in St. Paul, MN in the same year. In 1974, Fran was named Master Brewer, the pinnacle of his long, distinguished career, and he retired in 1985. Fran, Olga and Patty moved to Mesa, AZ from West St. Paul, MN in the same year where he remained a life-time fan of the University of Notre Dame Football. Fran also continued to enjoy puzzles, lapidary, golf and computers. He was a proud member of the VFW, Post 26 in Mesa, AZ. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm with Rosary at 7:00pm on Monday, December 13, 2010 at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 10:00am at the Church of the Resurrection, 3201 S. Evergreen Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282. A luncheon will follow at the church. Interment with full military honors will take place at 1:00pm at Queen of Heaven Cemetery 1562 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fran’s memory to the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Monday, December 13, 2010
  • Rosary Service Monday, December 13, 2010
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Francis Fran Joseph Weber

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December 21, 2010

My happiest memories of your Dad are when you and I were in graduate school together. He was always engaging, cheerful and ready to share his views on what was current in the news, as soon as I walked in the door. He must have been expecting me because once he knew I liked beer that was the first thing he'd offer me. I had so much respect for him that I thought of him as Mr. Weber and didn't call him Fran for many years to come.
I know these last months and his final passing have been very difficult for you because of the depth of the bond you had with him. I don't believe you could have handled this time with more courage or dignity. David and I were honored to be included in such a moving tribute to your father's life. I would like to close with one of my favorite quotes: "Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
Our love to you and your family,
Diane and David

Carol Rusinek

December 18, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are always with you. I know how much you loved your Dad. I always liked your Dad. He was always kind to me when I talked to him or visited your home when we were growing up. With greatest sympathy. Love Always from your best friend, Carol

Sister Jane Winkler

December 16, 2010

I can't tell you how deeply saddened I was to receive your email telling me of your Dad's death on December 9th.
When sorrow runs deep, my words are empty...
But my thoughts are full of you....
Listen to my thoughts and know how very much I care and how very much I am with all of you at this time of loss and grief.
I remember fondly the summer's you were able to stop by the monastery, here in Hudson, for a visit. We shared some wonderful times...including the few times that your Mom was also able to be with us. Memories are one of God's greatest gifts to us, which enable us to keep those we love closest to our hearts... and no one can ever take these from us.
Know that all of you will be specially remembered in my prayers during these coming days and that the celebration of the Eucharist will be offered here at the monastery for your Dad and your Mom, as we remember all of you.
You must find some peace at knowing that your parents will be sharing Christmas together, at home in heaven at last, what a great reason to celebrate and rejoice! In the midst of sadness God always gives us cause to rejoice, when our tears then turn to sparkling diamonds of resurrected joy and love! May this bring you some measure of peace and joy even in the midst of your pain and loss.
Know I will be with you in spirit and in prayer.... God bless

Dave Waszak

December 14, 2010

Mr. Weber was a Junior Achievement mentor for Drewrys. I was fortunate enough to have been a member of his "company" while in high school.. He was a great guy.. a lot of fun.. Several years later, he helped me get a summer job at Drewrys... Mr. Weber, that job greatly helped pay for my college education... I will always be grateful to Fran Weber for his kindness and help.

Sherry Bratcher

December 13, 2010

Patty and Steven Weber,
I send my deepest condolences for your loss. Your father will be missed by many. He was a great family man, with a love for life and people. Take comfort knowing he and your mother will watch over you and your family together. I pray for peace in these sad times for you and Steven.
Love Sherry Bratcher. (Mesa, AZ)

Sharon Yekaldo

December 13, 2010

Patty, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. I remember your Dad fondly and teasing him about the "family recipe". Remember the good times and know that you are not alone.

Pat Bosworth Libra

December 13, 2010

I remember with such fondness those bike trips over the High Bridge to visit you, Patty. Your Dad and Mom were so welcoming and so sweet. I feel with you in your loss.

Alex Kobek

December 13, 2010

My thoughts and prayers to the Weber family. It was a privilege to have known Mr.Weber.

December 12, 2010

Oh, Patty, I am so sorry. You were so close to your dad. I am so happy I got to meet him when I was there. My love and prayers for you all.

Sister Janet

Mike Casey

December 12, 2010

Mr. Weber,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served in the USN during WW II and for being a member of the Greatest Generation. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.