|Death: ||Jan. 4, 2011|
LONGMEADOW - Betty Lou (Shelton) Weisend, a longtime resident of Longmeadow, died on January 4, 2011 in Durham, NC. She was 81. The cause was interstitial lung disease. Betty was the surviving spouse of Burke A. Weisend, former president of Package Machinery Co. in East Longmeadow. Mr. Weisend died in 1994. Betty was born in 1929 in Chagrin Falls, OH, to Leora and Oakley Shelton. She graduated in 1947 from Chagrin Falls High School and attended Bowling Green College in Ohio and later in life, Smith College in Northampton. She married Burke Weisend in 1953, and had two children, Wendy Leigh and Thomas Burke. The family moved to Longmeadow in 1964. Their younger daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was born in Springfield. Betty was a member of the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, serving on many boards and committees, including two terms as Deacon, in the late 1970s and again in the mid-1990s. She was also an avid sports fan and gifted athlete, playing golf and tennis as a member of the Longmeadow Country Club since the 1960s. From 1984-1988, the Weisends lived in Ridgewood, NJ, but returned to Longmeadow for retirement. In addition to volunteering with numerous community and educational organizations, Betty was active with Hospice of Pioneer Valley for many years. It was her hospice volunteer experience that led her to embrace the concept of a "Living Wake" to celebrate her life. On December 19, 2010, family and friends gathered with her at her daughter's home in Durham. Friends and relatives sent written remembrances of her giving spirit, closeness to God, lively mind, impeccable style and competitive edge on the golf and tennis courts which were read aloud. Members of the Choral Society of Durham sang French Christmas carols. And Betty, resplendent in her blue cashmere sweater and smart gray boucle suit, rejoiced in all of it. "I want to change the way we think about death," she told her family. In addition to her three children, she leaves Wendy's husband Timur Kuran of Durham; Thomas' husband Daniel Faucher of Boston, and Elizabeth's ????? husband Darin Apperson of Oakland, CA, along with three grandchildren: Kent Kuran of New York, Fiona Kuran of Durham, and Derek Apperson of Oakland. She is also survived by two sisters in Ohio, Beverly McFarland Carol Mix. A memorial service for Betty will be held at First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, on Saturday January 29 at 11 a.m. A private burial will occur before the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to either Duke HomeCare & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101 Durham, NC 27704, http://dhcc.dukehealth.org/ or Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international humanitarian organization, 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001 - 5004, http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/. Dickinson-Streeter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Burke A Weisend (____ - 1994)*
Created by: Angie Robinson
Record added: Jan 13, 2011
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