Josephine E. Weiland

By on December 24, 2008

            Josephine E. Weiland, 69, of Elburn, passed away unexpectedly at her home Friday morning, Dec. 19, 2008.

            Wife of LaVerne Weiland, 32 years in partnership with William Hanson of Hanson Excavating, Josephine was diagnosed with kidney cancer in September and had battled courageously through surgery and long weeks of treatment. Hospitalized recently, she returned home Thursday evening, anticipating the comfort of hospice care and family time. Called instead to Heaven for the holidays, she claims now the promise of her Savior and the hope of her faithful prayers.

            She was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Aurora, the daughter of William and Anna (Medernach) Hanson. Josephine attended S.S. Peter and Paul Grade School and went on to graduate from Maple Park  High School with the class of 1957.

            She met LaVerne Weiland in 1956 at a Little 8 tournament at Genoa High School. LaVerne remembers fondly how his best friend (and Josephine’s cousin), LeRoy Probst, introduced them. It was love at first sight that night, and on Oct. 26, 1957, they were wed at S.S. Peter and Paul Church, Virgil.

            They first made their home in West Chicago in an upstairs apartment at Bill and Arlene Patterman’s. Five years later, they moved to Virgil, and through the ensuing years, moved from farm to farm until La-Verne built his bride their first home on Main Street Road. In 1972, they built the present family home on Green Road.

            Josephine worked briefly at Furnas Electric in Batavia until Daniel was born, and three little girls followed thereafter. Josephine had a busy life she loved as the children grew. As grandchildren began to arrive, life only got better. When she wasn’t babysitting, she was always ready to “get her purse and go to the casino” with a friend. She and LaVerne enjoyed several trips to Hawaii and Jamaica, among other destinations.    Still, there was no place like home for Josephine. She was especially fond of the many house plants she raised there to adorn her beautiful home.

            In addition to her husband, LaVerne, she is survived by four children, Daniel (Karen Feltes) Weiland of Elburn, Laura (William) Larson of Cortland, Brenda (James) Barsic and Valerie (Chad) Boughton, both of Elburn; nine grandchildren, Daniel and Karen’s: Craig Weiland of Seattle, Wash., Matthew Weiland and Michelle Weiland, both of Elburn; Brenda and James’: Kelsey Barsic, Kaitlyn Barsic and Kaley Barsic, all of Elburn; Valerie and Chad’s: Drake Boughton, Siara Boughton and Logan Boughton, all of Elburn; two brothers, Bill (Dorothy) Hanson of Elburn and Anthony Hanson of DeSoto, Wis.,; four sisters, Margaret (Floyd) Worden of McFarland, Wis., Mary Ann (Ron) Pondelick of Maple Park, Patricia (Edward) Sak of Maple Park, Linda (William “Bill”) Dittman of Aurora; several brother and sister-in-laws, her late sister’s husband, Ted (Margaret) Seed of Earl-ville, Ill., LaVerne’s siblings, John (Alice) Weiland of Aurora, Arlene (William) Pattermann of Hilbert, Wis., James (Clareen) Weiland of Lodi, Wis., Leonard (Judy) Weiland of Apple River, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

            In addition, she leaves among many good friends two very special friends, Marvin and Janet Romanski of Malta, Ill.

            In addition to her parents, William and Anna Hanson, she is preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Seed, as well as her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Martha Weiland.

            Her visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m., with a liturgical wake service held at 7:30 p.m.

            Her funeral mass was celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gall Church, Elburn. The service was webcast live at and available thereafter as on-demand video. Immediately prior to mass, prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Conley Funeral Home.

            A memorial has been established in Josephine’s name to benefit masses, St. Galls, as well as other favorite charities.  Memorial checks may be made to the Josephine Weiland Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.