Marie passed away peacefully with her family by her side and the Carmelite Nuns singing sweetly to her at the St. Agnes Home on September 24, 2023, at the age of 91, having been fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church. Marie was the devoted wife of William H. “Bill” Weber for 57 years, until his passing on September 18, 2008. She was the oldest of three (3) children, and born in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Major Edward Fehlig, US Army, Retired, and the late Helen Keeler Fehlig (nee Voight). Marie is survived by her siblings, Edward K. (Sarah) Fehlig and Elaine F. (the late John) Edwards, her six (6) children: Randy (Sondra) Weber, Margot (Thomas) Kyd, Marsha (James) Stocker, Craig (Vera) Weber, Kent (Mary) Weber, and Brant (Shelly) Weber, along with twelve (12) grandchildren: Ashley (Jonathon) Gebhard, Matthew (Holly) Weber, Stacey (Peter) Mejac, Brian Kyd, Susan (Andrew) Keller, Erica (Michael) Knox, Lindsay (Matthew) Moss, Clay Stocker, Drew (Lindsay) Weber, Kevin (Stephanie) Weber, Monique Weber, and Curtis Weber; and twenty-eight (28) great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Marie attended grade school at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in University City. She attended her first two years of high school at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri, and graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart “City House” on North Taylor Avenue in St. Louis. While at the Academy she developed a life-long friendship with a fellow boarder, Bertha Gonzalez, who was from the northern Mexican town of Torreon. This began a life-long, family relationship with Mexico, culminating in her purchase of a vacation home in Cabo San Lucas in 1989.
Marie also attended Maryville College in St. Louis County until she and Bill were married on February 1, 1951. Marie focused her life on raising her children and developing their religious education, both in the home and at school. Randy and Craig attended Chaminade College Preparatory School, Margot and Marsha attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles and then Duchesne High School, and Kent and Brant attended Duchesne.
In addition to daily mass attendance and her commitment to the rosary, Marie participated in and organized her own prayer groups in the St. Charles area, one of which was still meeting in her home until her death. She helped start and chaired her parish’s eucharistic adoration committee and was very committed to the cause of protecting the unborn following the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. She often prayed and witnessed at abortion clinics, starting in 1974 with some of her own children, and participated in the annual National Life Chain. Marie was a volunteer at Birthright in St. Charles beginning in the 1980s, and in her later years was an active supporter of Thrive St. Louis Express Women’s Healthcare.
After making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May 1999 with her late cousin, William H. Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, Marie was invested in 2005 in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic Order of Knighthood founded in 1099, whose mission is to support the Christian presence in the Holy Land, where she remained an active member for many years, finally being recognized for her years of devotion by being promoted to the Order’s highest rank of Dame Grand Cross.
In 1992, she came up with what she considered the “perfect” family vacation, combining her faith and her family by taking large groups of family and friends to the Apostolate for Family Consecration, near Steubenville, Ohio, known as “Catholic Familyland” or “church camp”. Nothing made Marie happier than being there with her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
The family has requested donations be made to the Apostolate for Family Consecration, 3375 Co Rd 36, Bloomingdale, OH 43910, or Thrive St. Louis Express Women’s Healthcare, 4331 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.
St. Peter Cemetery, St Charles, MO
Interment is private