Beverly — Mrs. Violet Emma (Overlander) Weinheimer, 90, of Beverly, beloved wife of John I. Weinheimer, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Beverly.
Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of the late Walter C. and Stella Stacia (Sullivan) Overlander. She was raised and educated in Worcester and graduated from the New England School of Accounting in 1942. Violet was employed as a secretary in the engineering department of the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Ill., at the Worcester plant, and later, at Boston Blueprint, Boston. After she and her husband raised three daughters, Mrs. Weinheimer resumed her career in Beverly at Endicott College and later at the Beverly Public School Department, from which she retired in 1986.
Violet was actively involved in her community, serving as a Girl Scout leader; a member of the Beverly Rotary Anns; a volunteer at Beverly Hospital; and a worker in the political campaigns of Henry Cabot Lodge for Vice President, George Cabot Lodge for U.S. Senator, and Francis W. Hatch for Governor.
Although Violet was active in professional and civic activities, her role as a wife and mother were central to who she was. She enjoyed traveling to Maine for summer vacations with her husband, children, and grandchildren, and later to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she and John spent the winters golfing during their retirement. A great cook (one of her specialties was molasses crinkle cookies) and a skilled seamstress and knitter, she taught these crafts to her daughters. She loved to entertain, and her down-to-earth personality, playful sense of humor, and welcoming manner endeared her to friends and family alike. She also was a woman of deep faith, and her love for God remains a cherished legacy to her family.
The family extends its gratitude to the staff of Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the compassion and comfort Mrs. Weinheimer received while in their care.
In addition to her husband, John I. Weinheimer, with whom she shared 65 happy years of marriage, Violet is survived by her three daughters, Margaret A. Bochynski and her husband, Kevin, of Beverly, Janet W. Gulezian and her husband, Dean, of Meredith, N.H., and Martha A. Soderblom of Beverly; her grandchildren, Jennifer R. Phillips and her husband, Mark, of Williamsburg, Va., and Kelsey Anna Soderblom of Richmond, Va.; and her great-granddaughter, Abigail Aster Phillips of Williamsburg, Va. Mrs. Weinheimer is also survived by her two sisters, Margaret M. Cleary of California and Charlotte A. McAuliffe of Grafton. She was predeceased by her niece, Kathleen A. Cleary, and her nephew, Robert E. Cleary. She also leaves nieces, Eileen M. Reinoehl and her husband, Joseph, Christine Miller and her husband, Kenneth, Barbara Dundon and her husband, Jack, Kathryn Hosely and her husband, Craig; and nephews, Daniel McAuliffe and his wife, Claudia, David McAuliffe and his wife, Jacqueline, Bruce Oviatt and his wife, Jolene, Paul V. Weinheimer, and Kent B. Weinheimer.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly, on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly. Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church or the charity of one’s choice. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.