Doris Lucille Weiss, 89, of Milan, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, after a brief illness.
Born Nov. 17, 1918, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Frederick and Emma (Graff) Marquard, she lived in Cleveland during her youth. Doris and her beloved husband Lou moved to Milan in 1954. She lived in the same house on Church Street for the rest of her life. With her husband, she raised two sons, Douglas and Richard, and spent as much time as possible with their grandson, also Douglas.
Mrs. Weiss handled financial matters as an accountant, for three terms as the elected Milan Village Clerk, and as treasurer of several organizations. She was active with Eastern Star and Rebekah (International Order of Odd Fellows) Edith Ayers Lodge 900, Attica. For the Rebekahs, she served as scribe/treasurer and Grand Matriarch of the Calumet Encampment and of the Grand Encampment of Ohio.
In addition to these lifelong associations, she was a founding director of the Milan Melon Festival and continued active participation her entire life.
She was the "Queen Mum", having coordinated the Queen's contest for more than 40 years until 2007.
With her husband, she chaperoned each queen to numerous other events throughout Ohio each year, was treasurer of the festival from its beginnings and traveled with the festival's promotional ice cream booth. Doris and Lou were very active with the Ohio Festival and Events Association, traveling across North America as their representatives several times.
In her private life, Mrs. Weiss was an accomplished ceramic artist, with a large home kiln in which she fired her original decorative pieces.
Survivors include her sons, Douglas (Louise) of Los Alamos, N.M., and Richard (Evelyn) of West Richland, Wash.; grandson, Douglas (Holly) and great-grandsons, JD, Tyler and Brandon of Los Alamos; along with close friend, Kameron Kuhl of Milan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis, and parents.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in Groff Funeral Home, One S. Main St., Milan, where funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Canon Dr. Colin P. Kelly at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Private burial will be in Milan Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
A scholarship is being set up in Doris' name to benefit young people from Milan who wish tocontinue their education beyond high school.
An account will be available shortly at the Milan branch of Key Bank for contributions to the scholarship.
Condolences may be sent to grofffuneralhomes.com.