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|Monsignor John George Weber|
|August 10, 1916 - July 1, 2010|
Monsignor John George Weber, 93, of Salina, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at the Kaye Pogue Hospice Center, Salina. Monsignor Weber was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Victoria to Jacob A. and Rosa (Herrman) Weber.
He was ordained on May 30, 1943, at the Pontifical College Josephinum by the Most Rev. John McNicholas. His first Solemn Mass was celebrated at Park, Kan., on June 5, 1943. He was appointed chaplain at St. Joseph Orphanage in Abilene on June 19, 1943. He served as pastor at St. Peter Church in St. Peter, Kan., where he was in charge of erecting a new church. In April 1958, he served as pastor at Aurora, Kan. On Feb. 10, 1960, he was named executive secretary for the National Catholic Rural Life Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. In June 1963, he was named Papal Chamberlain to Pope John XXIII and in May 1968, he was named Domestic Prelate. Monsignor Weber celebrated his Silver Jubilee at his home parish of Park. He served as pastor of Hoxie with a Mission Parish at St. Martin Church, Seguin, and again erected a new church at Hoxie. On August 1, 1980, he became the rector at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina, and on July 1, 1987, he became the pastor at St. Peter and Paul Parish at Clay Center, with a Mission Parish at St. Anthony’s Church, Miltonvale. On May 29, 1988, he celebrated his 45th anniversary as a priest at Park. He completed a new Parish Center in Clay Center on April 15, 1991, and celebrated his Golden Jubilee in Clay Center on May 30, 1993. Monsignor Weber retired in July 1994 to Salina, where he served as part-time associate pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was very active at St. Mary’s Grade School, where the children loved and adored him.
Monsignor John George is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Philomena; and four brothers, Bart, Henry, Tony and Celey. He is survived by four brothers, Larry Weber, of Salina, Martin Weber, of Oakley, Sil Weber, of Salina, and Al Weber, of Park; and three sisters, Magdalena Gassmann, of Park, Marie Meier, of Hoxie, and Odilia Riedel, of Park. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including Father Keith Weber, of Manhattan, and Father Kevin Weber, of Hays.
A vigil and rosary service will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 5, at St. Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church, 230 E. Cloud, Salina, with Father Keith Weber officiating. A second vigil service is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at Sacred Heart Church, Park, with Father Kevin Weber officiating.
A memorial Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church, 230 E. Cloud St., Salina. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, at Sacred Heart Church, Park, with the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Bishop of the Salina Diocese, as celebrant and other diocesan priests as concelebrants.
Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Park. Memorials are suggested to the Seminarian Trust Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Salina. Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth St., Salina, is in charge of arrangements.