Lucille Rose Bartol Weidner, a lifelong resident of Port Washington, wife, mother, and grandmother died a week shy of her 98th birthday on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Born October 8, 1923, family was everything to Lucille and her husband Walter who died in 1997. She is survived by her 5 children Mary Michael (Ed), Chuck Weidner (Linda), Clare Rose Weidner, Ann Boulay (Jim), and John Walter Weidner (Caroline), dear friend Trish Lato, 10 grandchildren William Michael (Jessika), Tom Michael (Ruth), Matt Michael, Katie Rohn (Matt), Emily Buchholz (Nick), Nick Weidner, Rachel Weidner, Christopher Weidner, John Boulay and Anna Rose Weidner and 6 great grandchildren Madeline, Josephine, Jack, Dylan, Evelyn Rose and Liam Walter and nieces and nephews. Lucille is preceded in death by her husband Walter Weidner, parents Rose and Henry Bartol, sisters Norma Bartol, Lorraine Krier (Wallace) and Kathryn Bartol, brother John (Peggy) Bartol and niece Sandy Blades, nephews Tom Bartol, Scott Krier, Tom Krier and Wally Krier.
Lucille worked for Simplicity in Port Washington in accounting and as a secretary from 1941 to 1955. She also served as an accountant and trustee at St. Peter’s of Alcantara Catholic Church in Port from 1974 to 1990. Because of her strong faith, Lucille volunteered for decades at the church’s food pantry, in their religious education program, St. Vincent de Paul, and many other roles. Although she loved doing this work, nothing compared to raising the five children she and Walter had over 7 years. No matter what stage her children were at, she never hesitated to brag that “I enjoyed my children so much. They all got along so nicely because they were so close in age.”
Lucille was an avid reader, loved jigsaw and crossword puzzles, the theatre and travel. As her eyesight was failing, she used her iPad to connect with her children and had at least four books going with them at one time. Her iPad also came in handy for keeping up with her podcasts. Although she never was able to attend college, she lit the educational flame in her entire family. She is so proud that every one of her children, their spouses, and all her grandchildren graduated from college or are pursuing this goal, four of whom earned doctoral degrees. Traveling the world was Lucille’s opportunity to learn. Besides extensive travels throughout the US, Lucille loved her visits to Paris and London, and her travels throughout Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, and Great Britain.
Lucille stayed active gardening and playing tennis into her 70s. She also took piano lessons and swam virtually every morning at 5:30 am to get her lane. Her persistence through rain, snow, and freezing temperatures allowed her to log over 1,000 miles up into her early 90s. Lucille’s other passion was playing cards. She played bridge at a very high level with numerous clubs and players for over 75 years, with her favorite partner being her son-in-law Ed.
Lucille lived at Harbor Club in Port Washington for 3.5 years. We are thankful to all her caregivers for the kindness and love that they showed to her every day. We are also thankful for the care provided by Heartland Hospice over the past year.
Private family services were held at St. John XXIII Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Final interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
Memorials in Lucille’s name can be made to American Cancer Society or St. John XXIII Catholic Church.
Poole Funeral Home / Crematory, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.