Mary Weinman, 94, of Elk River, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
She was born to Sam and Caroline Erickson on a farm west of Clinton, Minn., on Aug. 4, 1917. She graduated from high school in Clinton and remained on the farm with her dad and brothers, John and Oliver, keeping house and cooking as her mother had died when she was 15.
She wed John Weinman in 1937 and moved to a farm on the other side of town.
Mrs. Weinman was involved in the country Lutheran Church seven miles east of Clinton and a member of its Ladies Aid Society. As a young girl she survived the drought of the 1920s and the Depression of the 1930s.
She worked as a cook at the Clinton School and later at the Clinton Nursing Home.
After her husband died in 1964, Mrs. Weinman moved to Elk River and worked for Federal Cartridge in Anoka. She later took a job at the dry cleaners in Elk River as the press operator. In addition to running the press, she took on doing alterations for countless customers. This work eventually turned into a full-time business for both her and her daughter, which they called “Snip-n-Tuck.”
After retiring, she continued to make hand-stitched quilts and shared those quilts with both family and friends; at last count she made 109 of them.
Mrs. Weinman was a great cook and gave lessons to her special granddaughter, Danille (including her pie crust recipe and how to make peanut brittle). She also was an avid baseball fan, particularly of the Minnesota Twins.
She is survived by sons, Jim (Audrey) of Ortonville and John “Dick” (Bonnie) of Columbia City, Ore; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband; brothers, Oliver and John (Margaret); daughter, Kathy; and daughters-in-law, Lorie Weinman and Jean Weinman.