Lois (Kaminska) Weaver
Lois Jean Kaminska Weaver was born April 7, 1927 to Otis and Lenore (Bloodgood) Kaminska in Beatrice, Nebraska. After graduating from Beatrice High School in 1945, she attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa to major in music. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1949 with majors in Sociology and Physical Education and remained to teach dance and body mechanics under Dr. Mabel Lee, pioneer in women’s physical education.
She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Delta. She married Edward Weaver, Jr. in 1950, and followed him to Baltimore and Alabama in 1952 while he served in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps. She worked in Baltimore City Recreation, and taught kindergarten in Jacksonville, Alabama where they taught Square & Round dancing throughout the area.
They returned to Lincoln, NE where Ed worked in the family Potato Chip business, and she produced and hosted a daily television program on KOLN-TV for three years, before retiring to be a full-time mother. She and Ed were active in church and community projects, leading a 4-H horse club for ten years. She was president of Church Women United for four years, and the first woman president of the Lincoln Council of Churches. She also headed the Modern Community Development of Lincoln Corporation, which built homes for minorities in the 50s.
An elder in Lincoln Westminster Presbyterian Church, she also served on boards of Youth Service System, and Women In Community Service. Her passion in life was to promote unity among Christian churches and to encourage youth. She and Ed retired to Estes Park permanently in 1999, though they had been active here since the 1950s, when Ed was calling square dances in the area. They were part of a group of Lincoln businessmen who bought and operated the Elkhorn Lodge from 1959 to the early 60s, and subsequently developed the Elkhorn Club Estates, where they built their home in 1970. They owned and operated the Sword & Scroll Christian bookstore for 18 years, selling it in 2002.
She continued to be active in community affairs, volunteering at the Estes Valley Caring Pregnancy Center, AWANA, Ambassadors, and the Elizabeth Guild. She and Ed called square dances at Wind River Ranch every Monday night for five years, and enjoyed the Friday Nighters Dance Club. She loved horseback riding, dancing, hiking, and singing in choirs and local music productions in Lincoln and Des Moines. Her wish was always to bless others, as she had been blessed.
She is survived by her husband Ed, son Matthew, sister Sue Holland, and 11 nieces and nephews. Cremation follows donation of her body to the UC Medical School. Services will be held in Estes Park at a later date.