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Claire  Weimann

Claire Weimann

Thursday, May 9th, 1940 - Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
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Obituary

Claire Weimann, 80, of Berrien Springs, MI passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

Claire was born May 9, 1940 in Napoleon, Ohio to Pastor Martin & Elsa (Going) Zschoche. She moved to St. Joseph in 1953, when her father was called to the pulpit of Trinity Lutheran Church. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1958, then went on to attend the Wesley Memorial School of Nursing in Chicago (now Northwestern University), receiving a RN degree in 1961. On March 12, 1963 she married her high school sweetheart, Ensign Gerald “Jerry” Weimann, in Denver, Colorado. She moved with Jerry to his active-duty naval postings in Norfolk, Virginia and San Diego, California, working as a nurse in both cities. After Jerry left active duty, the family settled in Berrien Springs.

After 11 years as a mother raising her family and a community volunteer, Claire spent two years as a nurse for the Easter Seal Society of Berrien County. She then made a mid-life career change to teach at Bridgman High School, teaching Allied Health, Anatomy & Physiology, and other subjects. In over 20 years at Bridgman, she was a role model and inspiration to her students, and she always took delight in their success. While teaching and raising teenagers full-time, she also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Education at Western Michigan University.

In her spare time Claire enjoyed gardening, reading, visiting museums, and spending time with friends and family. She had eclectic taste, enthusiastically enjoying both British TV shows and college sports. She was a dedicated traveler throughout her life, enjoying trips to destinations ranging from Germany, Russia and the US Virgin Islands to Milwaukee and Springfield, Illinois. Jerry and Claire had a lifelong love of cooking and food sparked by their travels and experiences while Jerry was in the Navy.

Claire is survived by her daughter Heidi Clarke; son Peter (Amy Bruckman) Weimann; grandchildren Ariel & Gabrielle Clarke and Noah & Evan Weimann; sister Anita Rutlin; and son-in-law Gregory Cline. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister Elaine Zschoche, daughter Gretchen (Weimann) Cline, and son-in-law Chuck Clarke.

Per their wishes, Claire and Jerry’s remains will be buried together at sea by the US Navy, in the waters of the Atlantic off their original home port of Norfolk. Due to the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19, the family is planning a memorial gathering for family and friends in summer 2021. Memorials may be made to two organizations that Claire volunteered with: the League of Women Voters of Berrien & Cass Counties or the United Way of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to share a memory of Claire online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com
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Bud & Susan Shuler

Posted at 02:54pm
I worked with Jerry on almost a daily basis in the pharmacy… That’s where I met Claire... she was such a wonderful person, always smiling and nice to me and the other employees there. Every time I would see her she always seem like she was happy to see me and catch up. The two of them would always show up at our family events like anniversaries, funerals, and the marriage of our daughter as well as other events. Whenever Jerry and I would talk about family and Claire it was always in the most positive light… We hadn’t seen Claire in a while, in fact when Susan and I drove by their house a few weeks ago we wondered how she was and if she was still living there… We are so sorry to hear about her passing… Heidi and Peter you had a great mom...
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Brandon Brown

Posted at 10:10pm
From 2003-2004, I was a student of Mrs. Weiman's Allied Health class, where she taught us how to become nurses aides and care for others. She instilled in me a wonderful love of nursing. Furthermore, she helped me immensely in determining who I was and who I wanted to become after high school. I will never forget her wonderful guidance, knowledge, and laughter. Almost twenty years later, I find myself a Professor of Nursing at a large university and if was not for Mrs. Weiman's wonderful instruction and advice long ago, I would not be where I am today.
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James

Posted at 11:06am
So sad to hear of the passing of my classmate from high school Claire. She was the most intelligent one in our class and being an observer in the classroom of Claire, I was always impressed. Also,impressed with her education as an RN and later as a science teacher. She was humble, kind and so very friendly. I always enjoyed our conversations and later at Economics Club gatherings had a chance to catch up with her later life events. My wife Donna attended church with her and her father as Pastor., a real dedicated family helping others. Her husband was a good friend of my brother Roger. (Jim menchinger)
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Sarah Buist

Posted at 10:34pm
Mrs. Weimann was a true friend and inspiration to the students she taught at Bridgman High School. She made learning fun and therefore students loved her classes. Her care for others and their success was always clear with her. She was a personal inspiration for me and many others, as many of her students, including myself, went on to become nurses. She is truly missed and never forgotten. Prayers and comfort for the family.

Sarah (Russell) Buist
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Jaimee Mentink

Posted at 06:09pm
I am so sorry to the family of Mrs. Weimann for the loss of such a great lady! I was a graduate of 1998 of Bridgman and although as someone else mentioned on here I new I wanted to be a nurse... Mrs. Weimann helped light that path for me with Health Occupations and Anatomy/physiology. She was fun, full of spunk, and such a great role model for many of us! I was so fortunate that our paths crossed just days before she passed and was able to tell her about my life path so far and how she played a part in it and was able to thank her. And in Claire Weimann style she introduces me to a son of hers saying “this is miss Binder” as she would call me in high school even though my last name has now changed. May she Rest In Peace and her family know and find comfort in the impact and influence Claire had on many people!
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