Words fail me as I sit here trying to express the loss we all feel at having Mom/Grandma/Great-Grandma gone.
The last week before her death was extra rough. She was with us at home, in her apartment. We had a nice hospital bed for her from Hospice in her living room. The family was keeping watch, sponging her mouth, giving her water and medication, as needed, being there around the clock. The couples, with all the grandchildren came every night.
By Tuesday I felt for sure she was going to leave this world. Hubby said. “I bet she will wait until Friday…so she will be rewarded with the promise of going to heaven the first Saturday after death”
This is called the Sabbatine Privilege. It is attached to wearing the scapular and has certain conditions (all of which Mom fulfilled in her life).
I couldn’t believe she would hold on that long…but she did. An hour before the First Saturday of the month, 11:00 p.m., Mom passed to the next life amid tears, prayers and songs. We continued to pray and sing until midnight. It was very moving. I will include here her obituary, some photos and a lovely poem by a friend.
One day I will do a Tribute, telling a little more about her life, to the most wonderful woman I know….
On September 4, 2020, Beulah Louella Weeres passed away at age 83 after a brief illness.
Beulah was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. She lived on a farm and had eight siblings. It was a hard but good life.
Beulah married in 1957 to Vince Weeres. They had six children. Two sons have preceded her in death, Steven and Paul Weeres, who resided in Canada. Her husband, Vincent, also preceded her. She is survived by four children: Michael Weeres: Kitimat, B.C., Canada, Brent Weeres: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Leane VanderPutten: Rossville, KS and Janice Weeres: Rossville, KS. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
Beulah lived a very full life…
After her marriage, in her twenties and early thirties, she worked as a Nurse’s Aide for 13 years at the Grey Nun’s Hospital in Regina, Canada. She did not have her driver’s license so she would walk the mile to and from work. They were poor, so the money was needed. She spent the years after she left her career, caring for her growing children.
A few years following their move to the U.S.A. (in 1990), at the age of 62, after studying and working hard, Beulah received a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She used these talents, along with her giving and generous heart, to care deeply for her family and neighbors. She did this not out of obligation or for monetary gain, but because of who she was.
She was always the first to offer help. No matter how ill she felt herself, or what worries she was experiencing, she always ensured that every person who crossed her threshold left feeling safer, healthier, and happier.
Beulah’s Catholic Faith was her driving force in everything she did. It was the foundation of her life and she spread that hope and joy to whoever asked her for advice….and there were many. The daily Rosary and daily Mass was her lifeline.
She arose early in the morning to pray and each day was dotted with conversations with the Blessed Mother and her Beloved Son. Beulah’s faith, perseverance and devotion will echo through her children and grandchildren and the Faith that they also carry in their hearts.
Beulah spent her remaining seven years in an apartment attached to the home of Vince and Leane (her daughter) VanderPutten. Those remaining days she shared her heart and her home to her family and friends and her family took loving care of her.
She was surrounded by her loved ones at home, singing and praying, as she crossed the threshold into the next life….
Rest in peace Mom/Grandma/Great-Grandma. We love you and you will be greatly missed!
I designed the Holy Card….
I remember Mamma’s rosary, it was always in her hands,
With her fingers working quickly across the beaded strands.
With the words of each Hail Mary, her worries fell away,
As she’d go about her housework and sanctify her day.
With trust she’d always grab them when things would go astray,
Mixing rosary beads and tear drops, as silently she’d pray.
She could pull one out of nowhere, and they seemed to multiply.
As she’d pass one out to each of us, we dare not roll our eyes!
It’s funny, how years later, as I sit with her in Mass,
I spy the same old rosary beads she holds upon her lap.
There’s a peaceful look of Heaven as she prays on every bead,
With her total trust in Jesus supplying all her needs.
But when that day shall come I dread, when she is here no more,
I’ll pray those special rosary beads just as she had before.
(©2011 Donna Sue Berry) Thank you, Donna Sue Berry!
Requiescat in pace, Mom.+ Oct. 31, 1936-Sept.4, 2020
Below is a gallery. We were able to livestream the Wake/Rosary, the Funeral High Mass and the Burial for my two brothers who live in Canada so they could take part…
♥️🌹Sweetest Blessings and my Sympathy to All of Y🌹U ~
Mrs S Murphy said:
My deepest condolences, Leane and Family. What a truly blessed woman was your mama to have the love, help and cherishing of all her FAMILY. Truly that speaks so much about her. Those beautiful pictures you shared make me think, “what a holy death. What a blessed woman to have her children and children’s children about her. Surely a sign of God’s predilection! What a death!” God bless all of you, Leane, what a special family you all are. In an age of the old dying alone and lonely, you shine a bright light on how it should be. May Our Lady wrap her consoling mantle about you as you grieve, yet have faith, that but a little while and you will be together again, for eternity! May her soul rest in peace!
My condolences on the death of your beautiful mother. This is what true beauty is. Not the botox stuffed, painted faces of half starved, half dressed famous people but a devoted life well lived, lived for others. I hope my death is at least half what this lovely lady’s death is. How uplifting, encouraging. God bless you and your children for the kindness and devotion you showed to your dying matriarch. Ah! My heart sighs! I cry! So beautiful!! Thank you for sharing.
Christine Smith said:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful and special mother, but what an awesome and powerful tribute you and your family have given to her in her final days. The love and care shown to her by all, was a powerful statement of faith. What a credit to her you have been, and it has been a blessing to see and read only just a little of what I know went on.
God Bless her and you, for sharing her life and your sorrow too, at what I know is a very difficult time.
So sorry for the loss of your dear mother. May she rest in His Peace.
I ask God to comfort you in your sorrow.
Staci McKeon said:
Prayers for your family, including your mom, as you grieve and hope during this difficult time. How beautiful your love for her is as shown by the tribute you gave her and continue to through this post. God bless you!
Hugs, prayers, and tears for you. May you find comfort and solace.. And may she rest in peace. Our Lady pray for us! :'(
This made me cry so hard…. what a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing your story and your family with us all. She was such an inspiration and that beautiful poem is spectacular. Praying for you all and for the repose of her soul.
May she rest in peace. Amen.
Sara Sharp said:
How absolutely beautiful! 🌹 This is the way we all hope our deaths will be. A beautiful death for a beautiful soul. May she rest in peace. 🙏
Oh, God bless you and the whole family, Leane. What a blessing to die surrounded by such a loving family, and a blessing for the family as well, to have such a beautiful mom, grandmom, and great grandmom. Please be assured of my prayers.
I am praying for your beautiful mother and family. May she rest in peace!
My deepest condolences, Leane. I cannot imagine the loss you are all feeling. Be assured of my prayers for her soul as well as for you all as you navigate this difficult time. May our Blessed Mother wrap you all in her mantle and provide comfort and peace for you. 💜
Linda M Carl said:
May she rest in peace. My heart goes out to you and your family. God keep you and bless you. Our Lady, our Mother will be with you through all this.
I am so sorry for your loss! May God give all of you peace during this time. And maybe someday you could explain the meaning of your rings touching her after her death. Also, I have always associated the name Beulah with a woman of deep faith, no matter the faith of the woman.
We are sorry for your loss. May you all be comforted by your memories and happy times shared with your mom,grandma and great grandma. Rest In peace Mrs. Weeres
God Bless all
Joan,Marilyn and Marion
Mrs T said:
So beautiful. I tear up thinking about my own mother who will be there one day. You are in my prayers.
Lady Carmel Cole said:
“Eternal rest grant unto her, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the Faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
I’m praying this spiritual bouquet for your Mom. What a beautiful soul, and what beautiful loved ones she left behind. You have an amazing Mom. May Our Lady wrap her mantle on you all and bring you peace at this difficult time. <3
I’ve seen quite a few deaths when I worked in a nursing home. How I wish the attention given by your family could have been given to all those people that I cared for. Thankfully I worked in an exceptional nursing home, but still people would be left for long periods alone with no prayers or encouragement to turn to God as it wasn’t a Christian establishment. God bless your dear family for giving us such a beautiful example. Prayers for your beautiful Mother. +
I am very sorry for your loss. May your mother Rest In Peace in Heaven. I was very touched by the care you and your family gave her. A wonderful example to all of us. Thank you for sharing this difficult time with us.
Julia Mary said:
We have and will continue to remember her in our prayers! What a beautiful life and holy death!
Marie Patterson said:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and family. The repose of the soul of your sweet mother is in my prayers.
D Bond (@DBondinkc) said:
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may Perpetual Light shine upon her. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. amen. May Our Dearest Blessed Mother bring to you her comforting motherly love and remind you that you are never without a mother. She is as near as your breath. God bless and heal your family.
May her soul and all of the souls through the mercy of God rest in peace. I’m grieve with you at the lose of your mothers earthly life. We that had devoted and faithful mothers understand the pain of this for you and your family. My dear mother passed on 5 years ago this November. My consolation is that I’ve been able to pray for her passing on to the beatific vision, and that was her ultimate goal in her earthly life. I’m sure it was the same for your dear mother. The lose may become more bearable, but the longing to be with her again will never leave you. Aren’t we so very blessed that they showed us how to live even in their temporary absence. They will forever live in our minds, hearts, and souls. What a glorious thing to be thankful for. Blessings to you all!
Glenda Fidek said:
Sincere condolences to you Leane, your family, and Janice. I still remember the first time I met your mom. She was so loving and welcoming. May your memories bring you strength and comfort. Hugs, Glenda.
So good to hear from you, Glenda! What a sweet surprise! And thank you very much. ♥️