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Dolores Mae Weibel, 76

December 29, 2008

JAN. 26, 1932-DEC. 24, 2008

Dolores Mae Weibel of Hagerstown, Md., flew away from this world on Dec. 24, 2008. Born Dolores Diskanet in Quakertown, Pa., Jan. 26, 1932, her steadfast, selfless, strong-willed yet warmhearted spirit graced her family, friends, church and community for an all-too-brief 76 years. She was the daughter of Laura Xander Diskanet and Joseph Diskanet. She grew up in Bethlehem, Pa., and was a graduate of Liberty High School. She lived and worked hard as a single mom and raised her daughter in Allentown and Emmaus, Pa. Richard Weibel and she were married in 1970 and moved to south Florida in 1971. They returned to Maryland to be closer to their families in 1987. Dolores may have lived in Maryland, but her heart was forever in the Florida Keys. She had a deep love of the sea and collecting shells. She and Richard were avid SCUBA divers. Their sailboat N'Shama, meaning "Breath of God," gave them great joy.

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She was employed at Congregation B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown, for more than 15 years. To Dolores this was not just a "job." She felt she shared in a part of the lives of many of the congregation and thought of and cared for them as family.

She was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Although she felt great devotion to her Christian faith, she was very ecumenical toward the beliefs of others. Her life was an example to others to give more than to take. She carried out her acts of generosity and kindness in very day life, through helping others directly and indirectly, especially in her church and community. She preferred to be behind the scenes offering effort and hard work, rather than in the limelight. She had also been very involved with Cursillo and prison ministry. Her presence brought a feeling of peace and comfort to others. She led a simple life, committed to work and felt deep love for her family. Dolores found much pleasure in giving to others in need. She took great comfort in her home, caring for her cats and tending her plants.

She was preceded in death by her husband and beloved companion of 38 years, Richard Oral Weibel and her beloved granddaughter, Charas Harmony Heurich.

She is survived by one daughter, Simone G. Heurich of Smithsburg, Md.; two grandsons, Shiloh C. S. Heurich of Washington, D.C., and Colter I. Heurich of Santa Cruz, Calif.

Services to honor her passing and celebrate her life will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, the Rev. Stephany P. Yancy officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to The Charas Heurich Memorial Award Fund, The Community Foundation of Washington County Maryland Inc., 33 W. Franklin St., Suite 203, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements are being handled by the Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home.

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