Funeral Services for Mary Weinman will be on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Rev. Bev McNeill will be officiating. Interment will be in the Clinton City Cemetery.
Mary Caroline Weinman was born to Sam and Caroline Erickson on a farm west of Clinton, Minnesota on August 4, 1917. She graduated from Clinton High School and remained on the farm with her dad and her brothers, John and Oliver, keeping house and cooking for them as her mother had passed away when she was 15 years old.
On September 16, 1937, Mary wed John Weinman and moved to a farm on the other side of town where she cooked, cleaned, and kept house for three more men: her husband, her brother-in-law Earl, and her father-in-law George. A son, Jim, was born in 1939 so then she had four men to deal with! Finally, in 1942, a daughter, Kathy, arrived. John (Dick) was born in 1946 to complete their family.
Mary was involved in Bethany Lutheran Church, located seven miles east of Clinton, and was a member of its Ladies Aid Society. She later became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. While a young girl, she survived the drought of the 1920's and the Depression of the 1930's. The drought was so severe that the only place there was moisture in the soil was in the slough. So Mary planted potatoes there and that was what the family survived on during that terrible time. Mary worked as a cook at the Clinton School and later at the Clinton Nursing Home. After her husband died in 1964 she moved to Elk River and worked for Federal Cartridge in Anoka. Getting tired of working the third shift, Mary took a job at the dry cleaner in Elk River as the press operator - the location wasn't bad, either, because she lived upstairs! In addition to running the press, she took on sewing alterations for countless customers. This work eventually turned into a full time business for Mary and her daughter, which they named "Snip-n-Tuck".
After finally retiring, Mary continued to make hand-stitched quilts, which was a dying art. She shared those quilts with both family and friends and at last count she had created 109 quilts! If you have a quilt of Mary's and are attending the celebration of her life, please bring your quilt and lay in on the back of a church pew. She would be thrilled to have her quilts reunited for one last time! Mary was always a great cook and gave lessons to her special granddaughter, Danielle (which included teaching her to make her famous pie crust!). She was also an avid baseball fan, particularly of the Minnesota Twins. She never failed to watch their games on television. Mary will be missed greatly by her sons, grandkids, and great grandkids.
Mary died on Monday, December 5, 2011, having reached the age of 94 years.
Cherishing her memory are her sons: Jim (wife Audrey) of Ortonville and John (wife Bonnie) of Columbia City, Oregon; 9 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John; her two brothers: Oliver and John (and his wife Margaret); her daughter, Kathy; and two daughters-in-law: Lorie Weinman and Jean Weinman.
Larson Funeral Home
401 NW 2nd Street
Ortonville, MN 56278