Mass of Christian Burial
Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Friday August 14th, 2020
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John A. WeitzelJohn A. Weitzel, 72, of St. Paul, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, surrounded by his family at CHI Health Saint Francis in Grand Island. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Rayappa Konka and Art Faesser will concelebrate the Mass. John’s final resting place will be in the Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery in Bridgeport. In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests memorials be given to establish a scholarship in John's name. All CDC guidelines will be followed for the Mass regarding social distancing, also face masks are required. The Mass will be livestreamed on Peters Funeral Home Facebook page. John was born on Jan. 28, 1948, at Alliance, the son of Albert and Mary (Alber) Weitzel. He grew up on a farm near Bridgeport and attended Bridgeport Public Schools and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1966. He was united in marriage to Sanda K. McNabb on Dec. 17, 1965, in Bridgeport. He attended Chadron State College where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1971. He then became a science teacher in Hay Springs, later becoming the Principal. During this time, he also received his Masters in Education in 1978, also from Chadron State College. At Hay Springs he also coached football, basketball, track and was the athletic director. In 1987, the family moved to Sidney where he was the Superintendent and Principal at St. Patrick’s High School. In 1990, the family moved to St. Paul where he became the Principal of St. Paul High School. He held this position until he retired in 2011. John was a member of the Nebraska Principals Association, Phi Delta Kappa Education Organization. He had served on the Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Department and was involved in the Chamber of Commerce in Hay Springs, Sidney and St. Paul. In St. Paul he served on the school crisis team and the school improvement committee. He was an active member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sidney and was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. In 2017, he and Sanda received the Family Tree Award from Chadron State College. John enjoyed Husker football, camping, boating and attending FLW fishing tournaments. He was an avid reader, loved to learn about everything and was passionate about education for everyone. He loved being with his grandchildren and loved their annual Thanksgiving family reunion. John will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Sanda of St. Paul; parents, Albert and Mary Weitzel of Gering; children and spouses, Paul and Lynn Weitzel of Woodbury, MN, Craig Weitzel of Erie, CO, Michele and Jeff Housh of Hay Springs, Tami and Kevin Reilly of St. Paul and Amy and Matt Oliver of Grand Island; 19 grandchildren, Jordan (Ryan), Brooke (Bryan), Jaycee, Jaelyn, Christian, McKenna, Jillian, Stella, Grace, Reese, Hudson, Reegan, Paxton, Andrew, Madyn, Brogan, Blake, Declan and Maeve; and great-grandchildren, Zella, Case and Baby Googs; siblings and spouses, Linda Thoms of Scottsbluff, Nancy and Doug Brandt of Bayard, Susan Ogard of Wheatridge, CO, JoAnn and Jon Hunter of Cheyenne, WY, Kathy Wrage of Tampa, FL and Don and Kelli Weitzel of Kingston, GA. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Mike Wrage.
An incredible Principle and mentor! He was a big part of what I enjoyed most about high school. Always there when you needed someone to talk to or just a good laugh. He always had a smile on his face and so much love to give. He'll be missed tremendously. With Love, Chelsa Cohen (class of 2003)
CHELSA JOY COHEN Aug 19 2020 4:08 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time of loss of your father and husband. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Jim and maureen nelson.
Jim and maureen nelaon Aug 16 2020 8:29 PM
to the family of john weitzel sorry to hear you lose ,god bless john his up there flying with god in all his gory ,you don't know who I am ,iam a second cousin of johns ,I live in Denver,co but born and raise in albert lea mn, never got the pleasure of meeting him ,but looking at his video,he looks like a really family man and good ,hope I got the notice of john passing from a cousin in iowa today ,so sad to hear ,may god be with your family and god bless,joyce fletcher/weitzel
joyce fletcher Aug 15 2020 3:30 PM
We are so sorry about your loss. John was a fine man, and was a good friend as we were growing up. One memory that stands out is the first day of High School football practice as a freshman. John lined up a job for us to stack hay bails after our morning practice. We worked for several hours (not easy work), and then we went to the afternoon/evening practice. I thought that I was going to die, but tried to man up and keep it to myself. John did the same. Then, one of us broke the silence and vowed never to do anything but lay around mid day for the rest of the 2 a day practices. The other quickly agreed. Just watched the video tribute. What wonderful memories your family have. Johns loss will undoubtedly leave a big hole. We are just happy that there are so many of you to share hugs, and support one another. In memory of a life well lived, may the Lord comfort all of you. Dennis and Stephanie Vick
DENNIS VICK Aug 15 2020 1:00 PM
My deepest condolences to you all. I pray that God holds you in his arms and sends you comfort and peace. John was a wonderful man and I know is celebrating eternal life. Prayers coming your way. Sincerely, Kathy and Bill Simpson
Kathy Simpson Aug 15 2020 9:45 AM
Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Tom and Linda Hayden
Linda HAYDEN Aug 14 2020 6:42 PM
I had the pleasure to meet John in St Paul. I will remember all of our talks and stories of his being an educator. I will always remember how much pride and his smile when he spoke of his family. God bless John and his family.
Rodneyy Galvan Aug 14 2020 9:46 AM
Sanda, and family. I have soo many memories of John and the things we did I can't really pick a favorite. John was not just a friend to me, he was my brother. I can remember him dancing on the table in the bar and then when you did it he got mad. ha that was so funny. One time you were gone and we stayed up playing cards and drinking water and then the next day he did not show up at school and I had to sneak home and wake him up and we got to school and no one ever new. ha He did so much for me that I will never forget it. He's in heaven now hoping I don't say too much more. What a great friend he was and he loved the huskers. GO BIG RED JOHN. LOVE to all of you. Dennis
Dennis Koinzan Aug 13 2020 8:00 PM
Sanda and family, In sincere sympathy at this time of loss. Luayne (Andersen) Weisgerber
Luayne Weisgerber Aug 13 2020 5:58 PM
Sanda so sorry to hear of my old friend from long ago passing. My prayers and thoughts for you and the family. Don Wright
Don Wright Aug 13 2020 4:46 PM