She created the foundation with Darlene Lowery, formerly Wightman, after the deaths of their teenage daughters, who were killed in 1989 when a train struck their car at a railroad crossing.
With Dave Waddington and Faith Denslow, she and the foundation helped to establish Kids Fest, an annual day of fun in its 10th year, focused on free children’s activities and safety, open to anyone in the community.
“It’s comforting that we can give back to the community what they gave to us when our daughters were killed,” she said during a Register interview in 2012 at the annual event.
“She was a fabulous person,” Waddington said. “She was a very giving person to the community, well-liked and loved.”
In addition to Kids Fest, the foundation hosted an annual winter dinner dance for fundraising to support its many endeavors.
Wieber died early Sunday morning, Waddington said.
An administrative assistant at Sandusky High School, she’ll be missed greatly by those who knew her, including Huron High School principal Scott Matheny, formerly a Sandusky Schools principal.
With support from the Wightman Wieber Foundation, he was able to start the Gentleman’s Club at the high school, a community service club that focuses on life skills and rewards its members for positive behavior.
“Sandusky lost a true hero this weekend,” Matheny said. “A woman, who in the aftermath of a devastating personal loss, became a champion of children and families in our community.”
She’ll be greatly missed, he said.
“But her spirit and unwavering desire to make Sandusky a better place to live and raise a family will live on in all that were fortunate enough to have crossed her path,” Matheny said.
Arrangements are pending.
Sandusky administrators may host a memorial in her memory later this week.