Florence (Flo) Dean Woodman Weber passed away on Wednesday July 13, 2022 surrounded in love by her 5 children. Flo touched many people with her positive outlook on life and her gentle kind spirit.
Flo was born in Evanston, Illinois. She graduated from Evanston Township High School and enrolled at Northwestern. Flo left Northwestern to marry her high school sweetheart, Carl J. Weber in 1952. Flo and Carl immediately moved to New York City living on 90th West. After 2 years, Flo and Carl returned to Evanston. While in Evanston, Flo and Carl had 3 children (Joe, Wendy, Nat). In 1959, Flo and Carl moved to Orinda, California and added 2 more children (Liz and Gretchen).
Flo was very dedicated to raising her children and was very active in the community. She served on numerous boards including the Orinda Women’s Club, AAUW, Democratic Party, Orinda Park Pool, and the Orinda Association (OA). Flo took immense enjoyment in being on the OA board when the City was incorporated in 1986. Her other volunteer efforts included being a Brownie leader, a musical accompanist, a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer, working with the Headstart program, and the yard duty lady at the Orinda Union School (she called herself the “Yard Duty Fuzz”), to name a few.
An accomplished musician, Flo returned to Diablo Valley College in the 1970’s and ultimately graduated in 1978 from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Flo went on to have an illustrious career in Adult Education for both Acalanes and Alameda County School Districts teaching music, history and current events. She also enjoyed sharing with her classes the stories of her many worldly travels with Carl. Flo also returned to school to study California Natural History and was a docent at the Oakland Museum for over 30 years.
Music and the arts were an important part of Flo’s joy. Flo played piano and sang in various groups including Women Sing, Cantare, Village Singers, the Weber Family Caroling Group, and other local groups. Flo and Carl were patrons of the arts and enjoyed supporting San Francisco Opera, ACT, Berkeley Repertory, San Francisco and East Bay Symphony, Cal Shakes, and Lesher Theater.
Flo was an avid bridge player. She and Carl regularly joined many friends for foursomes, hosting or playing at friends’ homes as well as at the Oakland Athletic Club/Bellevue Club.
Flo, a spiritual woman, raised her children at Santa Maria Church before moving to Newman Holy Spirit Church in Berkeley. Raised Episcopalian, she frequently attended St. Stephens Church in Orinda.
Flo joins her beloved husband of 65 years Carl J. Weber (deceased 2017) with the Lord. Flo will be greatly missed by her loving family, Joe Weber (Judith) of Portola Valley and their children Elle Koleckar (Kevin), Matt (Austin), and Sam; Wendy Thorpe of Walnut Creek and her children Natalie Munoz (Rene), Joanna Warden (Jamie), and Andrew; Nat Weber (Jill) of Moraga and their children Allie and Ted; Liz Witbeck (Ray), of Orinda and their children Esther and Hannah; and Gretchen Latimer (Jim) of Orinda and their children Katie Martinez (Andrew), Nick, and Jay. She is also survived by 9 great grandchildren Grace, Shepherd, Carpenter, Lucas, Michael, Benjamin, Avery, Charlotte, Eleanor. Flo is also survived by her sister-in-law, Natalie Weber.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for October 9, 2022 at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda CA 94563 at 2:00 pm. Please join us in celebrating a magnificent life well lived.
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