Joseph A. Weigel, age 66, of Los Angeles CA, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 in his home under the care of hospice after a very short but courageous battle with cancer.
Joe was born on December 18, 1948 in Oakes, ND, the son of Rokus and Barbara (Ziegler) Weigel.
He was baptized, received his first Holy Communion, and was confirmed at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oakes where he also went to grade school. He attended one year of high school in Oakes and then went on to three years of high school at Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, ND. He received his B.A. Degree from NDSU and his Master’s Degree from Moorhead State University. He also attended the Seminary of Saint Paul for four years, and was ordained a priest in June of 1973. He later left the priesthood to pursue teaching. After leaving Fargo in 1980, he taught at a catholic school in Springfield, Oregon for two years. He then went to California where he taught for two years in a Japanese school for gifted children in Bellflower, CA. He then moved to the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he taught for the past 31 years. He was to retire on June 5, 2015 but God had other plans.
His greatest hobby was square dancing, he loved to travel, going to the movies, plays, operas, museums, walking and hiking. Joe was known for his kindness, gentleness, sensitivity, and great love for his mother. He loved life, and was dedicated to teaching and learning.
Joe is survived by his mother, Barbara Weigel, of Fargo; brother, Eugene (Teresa) Weigel, Fargo; sister, Debra Weigel (Jonathan McCutcheon) Pembina, ND; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and many cousins; special friends: Brian Vaughan, Bill (Sara) Phelps, Irene Reingold, Steven Leu, Bob Skinner, John Crimm, and Sybil Armen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rokus “Roy” Weigel; baby sister, Jacqueline Kay, his grandparents, several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Along with Joe, may they all rest in peace.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.
Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.
From his facebook page:
~Kelly Shortandqueer: So incredibly sad to hear about the passing of Joe Weigel last Saturday, May 16, 2015. I'll miss your smiling face on the dance floor as one of my favorite partners at convention. Looking forward to seeing some of my favorite square dancers in a few more days. Lots of love and hugs coming your way.
~Louise Richards: I will miss his wonderful smile and kind spirit.
~Jane Clewe: So sorry I'll never see Joe's smiling face again. Except in photos.
~Pam Clasper: So sorry to hear this. I looked forward to seeing him at convention every year.
~Debby Stopp: Joe always had a smile on his face, ready for a hug. what a sweetheart...
~Bennet Marks: I am so sad to hear this. Joe was a great guy - friendly, funny, kind, sweet. I always enjoyed my time with him, and I'll miss him a lot. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
~Steven K. Homer: This makes me sad - I was happy to dance with him in many squares many times.
From funeral home page:
~Michael Spayd: Was very shocked and saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. The IAGSDC loses a good soul this week.
~Gordon Macaw: I remember Joe would always see me across the hall and make a point to say hi! His great smile and personality touched so many people. We will miss you Joe! - Gordon Macaw, All Join Hands Foundation
~Darren Gallina: I’m really going to miss you, Joe. You always had a smile on your face and a kind word to say. Always appreciated your support at my dances. Palm Springs won’t be the same without you. God bless you.
~George Chow: It was such a joy dancing with all these years. I was very fortunate to dance with him at PACE in the Thanksgiving weekend. I am glad we got to talk a little bit and hugged each other goodbye. I will miss you.
~Brian Arnzen: I met Joe through square dancing. His joy and kindness will be missed. Yellow Rock. (Square dance talk for big hugs) see you in a square soon, dear friend Joe.
~Steven Lew: I will miss you my good friend. We shared many good times which I will treasure in my heart. I will keep you in my thoughts as I revisit the many places and events that we have enjoyed together these past 18 years. Rest in peace.
~Jane Clewe: Dear Joe, I have enjoyed so much square dancing with you over the years, at all the different clubs that we have both frequented. I will truly miss you. Rest in peace. Yellow Rocks! Love, Jane
~Terri Sherrer: Joe I will miss your smile always present in a square. God speed dear friend.
~Bennet Marks: I was so surprised and sad to hear about Joe. I spent a lot of time with him in Palm Springs, and at various square dance events. He was sweet, and kind, and friendly, and had a wonderful smile. I didn’t know him very well, but I considered him a friend and always looked forward to seeing him. I’ll miss him, and I know so many others will as well. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
~Mark Bennett: I was sad to hear of Joe’s passing. I am a member of Times Squares in New York and met Joe while dancing in LA. I always enjoyed dancing with him and always looked forward to seeing him at square dance events. His happy face and joyful attitude never failed to cheer me. He will be greatly missed.
~Kelly: Joe, you were one of the kindest people I’ve known, always with a smile on your face. Square dance events didn’t feel complete without a dance (or several!) with you. Your presence is missed, but you’ll be with us in our hearts always.
~Thon Dang: We’ll miss Joe’s warm and sometimes mischievous smiles. He was a wonderful and kind person and a fantastic square dancer.
~Cynthia Nalbach: Though I didn’t know Joe well, I always enjoyed dancing with him. He had such kindness and positive energy, and was a joy to be around. He will always be loved and remembered in the square dance community!
~Michael Wills: Joe was a great square dancer, I was always happy to see him when we got to dance in his square. I’ll miss him.
~Harvey Soldan: Since the first time that I danced with Joe at a New Dancer Hoedown in the late, late 90’s, it was always a pleasure to have him in my square or as my partner. I knew that, whatever happened, Joe would bring a smile to all of us and calm happiness to his fellow dancers. Joe, have fun dancing with all the other angels. Harvey
~Bonnie: Rest in peace my dear square dance partner at Trailblazers. I’ll always remember your kindness and always having a smile on your face. It was a joy knowing you!
~Carol Heins: My sympathy to the Weigel family. I met Joe at a square dance in the LA area and it was a pleasure to be his occasional partner. He was the friendliest and most gentle person I’ve had the privilege to meet. I hoped to see him often but God had other plans for Joe. Some day I will meet him again where we can dance forever. May his soul rest in peace. Amen.
~Theresa Johnson: We enjoyed many years of square dancing together. I will surely miss you.
~Betty Hafey: I loved dancing in the same square with Joe. He has the most beautiful smile. He is truly missed by us on Wednesday night. Keeping the family in my prayers.