Karleen L. Wieber, 64, residing in Sandusky, passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Firelands Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Karleen was born Sept. 1, 1949, in Providence, R.I., to Emery and Norma (Costanzo) Jernquist. She graduated from Cranston East High School in Providence.
Karleen’s tremendous work ethic, love for her family and community was evident by all who knew her. She co-founded the Wightman Wieber Foundation in 2000, and through the work of the foundation she touched the hearts and lives of many young people. Her laughter was contagious and her positive outlook encouraged others.
Karleen was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sandusky. She was president of the AFS Exchange Students program in Sandusky.
Karleen volunteered for Sandusky City Schools for the Chapter I Reading program, and as a Cheerleader Advisor, Cafeteria Chair-person, and Girl Scout Leader. In her application for full-time employment, she wrote "I would like to become a Teacher's Aide, because I like working with the children and teachers, and helping them to learn." Karleen began working as a Library Technician at Sandusky High School in 1984. In 1990 she began her 22-year service as the manager of the District Supplementary Center, which was a regional media center for Erie County. For the past year and a half, Karleen worked in the Instructional Technology department. She was completing her 30th year with Sandusky City Schools and planned to retire in June.
Karleen is survived by her husband of 45 years, Thomas Wieber; three daughters, Dawn (Chris) Varuola, Jennifer (John) Chapman and Shannon (Gary Jr.) Clark, all of Sandusky; thirteen grandchildren, Elyse, Ted Thomas, Kasey, Abbey, Megan, Bailie, Brock, Adam, Bennett, Brayden, Dawson, KarleeAnn and Mallory; one great-grandson, Ashton; one sister, Karen (Richard) Jernquist Petty of Summerville, S.C.; one brother, Keith Jernquist of Los Angeles; one half-sister, Tracey Duffy of California; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to her parents, Karleen was preceded in death by her daughter, KarrieAnn Wieber in 1989.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, until funeral services at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, with Pastor Kathleen Shuck presiding. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky. A Memorial Service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Sandusky High School Auditorium.
Those wishing to contribute to Karleen's memory may do so to the Karleen Wieber Scholarship Fund, c/o Sandusky City Schools, 407 Decatur St., Sandusky, OH 44870 or to the Wightman and Wieber Foundation c/o The Sandusky Erie Community Foundation, 135 E Washington Row, Sandusky, OH 44870..
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