Note: Article taken from "100 Years of Faith 1885-1985" published by St. Mary�s Catholic Church, Salem, South Dakota in 1985. Stephen Weber, son of Peter and Mary (Jarding) Weber of Bridgewater, SD married Frances Marie Weber, daughter of Joe and Wilhelmina Weber of Salem on February 6, 1922 at St. Mary�s church in Salem by Fr. Bernard Weber, uncle of the bride. After five years of farming in Bridgewater, Steve and Frances moved to Salem. Their family comprised of 11 children. Salem Special, Salem, South Dakota, Thursday, January 20, 1966 Stephen R. Weber, 71, a lifelong native of McCook County and well known Salem area resident, passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls Sunday morning, January 16, 1966. Mr. Weber had taken sick early Christmas morning and was taken to the VA hospital after suffering a stroke at his home. He was making considerable improvement when he suffered a more serious stroke at the hospital on last Thursday, January 13. A Solemn Requiem High Mass was celebrated on January 19 at St. Mary�s Catholic church in Salem. Celebrant was the Rev. Francis Suttmiller, O.S.B. Marty Mission. The Rev. J.R. Kasch, Sioux Falls, who formerly served St. Mary's parish was deacon, and the Rev. Robert Flannery, Vermillion, was sub deacon. Bernard Weber Jr., who is a seminarian at St. Paul was master of ceremonies. The funeral sermon was given by Msgr. U.J. Rodenbur, Parkston, who is a native of Salem. Other priests in attendance at the funeral mass were Rev. Patrick O�Connor, Rev. Charles Nemmers, Rev. Andrew Foley, Msgr. Jerome Duraczynski, Rev. Casmir Mocium, Rev. Leonard Stanton, Rev. Pius Mardian, Rev. William Walsh, Rev. Anthony Imberi, Rev. Leonard Fox, and Rev. James McCormick. St. Mary's high school choir sang. Sister M. Clara was organist. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery. Pallbearers were all nephews of Mr. Weber; Magnus, Joe, John, Raymond, William and Ivo Weber. Full military rites were conducted at the graveside by the American Legion Frank J. Brune Post No. 140. Stephen R. Weber was born northeast of Bridgewater, SD on July 12, 1894. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Weber. He grew to manhood in that area and also attended school there. He was united in marriage to Miss Frances Weber at St. Mary's church in Salem on February 6, 1922. The couple farmed in the Bridgewater area until 1927 when they moved to a farm northeast of Salem in Richland township. They lived on that farm until they retired in 1962 and built a home and moved into Salem city. Mr. Weber was very active in his church, St. Mary's in Salem, in the Catholic Order of Foresters and the American Legion. He was also active in many local and community affairs. He was a veteran of World War I where he served in France. At the time of his death Mr. Weber was Chief Ranger of the Salem COF and was serving as president of the First District of the COF. He was a charter member of the Frank J. Brune American Legion Post and served two different terms as commander and at the time of his death was American Legion District Vice Commander. During his years on the farm, Mr. Weber served as a supervisor, treasurer and assessor in Richland township and was also very active in his Farmers Union local, having served as chairman, secretary and treasurer of that group. In October 1956 the Stephen R. Weber family received a high national honor when the National Catholic Rural Life Conference named them the National Catholic Farm Family of the Year. Mr. And Mrs. Weber are the parents of 11 children, eight daughters and three sons. All the children were here to attend the final rites. Survivors include Mrs. Weber; their daughters; Mrs. Milton (Loretta) Engesser, Blue Earth, Minnesota; Mrs. Dennis (Leona) Vogel, Montrose, SD; Mrs. Eugene (Bernette) Westhoff, Salem, SD; Sister Stephanie, O.S.B., York, Nebraska; Sister Francille, O.S.B., Sioux Falls, SD; Sister Sarto, O.S.B., Yankton, SD; Mrs. Duane (Joyce) Kappenman, Montrose, SD; and Phyllis, a student at Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD; their sons; Peter J. and Philip B., both of Salem, SD; and Stephen F. of North Long Beach, CA; three brothers, Leo and Bernard, both of Bridgewater, and Joe P. of Salem; one sister, Mrs. Lawrence (Marie) Weber, also of Salem; 38 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
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