Antionette Marie “Toni” Weidel

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Antionette Marie “Toni” Weidel peacefully passed away on September 6, 2016, at her home in Laramie, Wyoming.  She was surrounded at her bedside by four of her six children.

Born on December 30, 1920 and raised in Altoona, PA., Toni was the oldest child of the late Augustus and Catherine Maccinile. Toni was preceded in death by husband, Daniel G. Weidel Sr.

Toni is survived by: daughters, Lynne, Susan, Nancy; sons, Dan Jr. (Susan), Jeff (D.J.), Bruce (Richard Knittle); grandchildren Catherine, Courtlin, Marlena, Andrew, Isaac; and great granddaughter Ariana. She is also survived by her brother Haley Maccinile.  Her brother Paul Maccinile preceded her in death.

Toni cherished being a mother to her six children. Her greatest gift was her unique ability to connect individually with each of her children. The long-standing family joke among her children was each one truly believed they were “Mom’s favorite.” But the truth is she had six favorites and she forged a unique relationship as both a mother and trusted friend with each one of them. Toni’s grandchildren and great grandchild also gave her enormous joy.  She loved to play games with them and was so proud of their accomplishments.

Toni had a tremendous ability to connect with people and had a legion of friends when she departed her beloved Claymont, Delaware home of 46 years.  She relocated to Laramie, Wyoming in 2003 to be closer to family. Toni made a new circle of good friends with many of the people she encountered throughout the small college town.

Toni and Dan served as strong and compassionate role models for their children and loved ones. They were caring and trustworthy neighbors who were active in community organizations and Trinity Presbyterian Church. Toni was appointed the church’s first female Deacon. She was very active in the Claymont Women’s Club and participated in many community activities.  After raising her children, Toni spent 32 years in the Delaware Public School System where she was a Teacher’s Aide.  She concluded her career at the elementary school that many of her children attended.

Toni was an avid reader and also had a keen interest in movies. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and decorating her home for the holidays, especially Christmas. Toni loved traveling to new places and reliving memories of her visits to the cities where her children lived.  She also traveled abroad to New Zealand, Ireland and Scandinavia.

Toni will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and her many friends.  Her family will hold a private service at a later date.                              Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Laramie at 710 Garfield, #339, Laramie, WY  82070.

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  • Michele Murray

    So sorry to hear the sad news of your Mom's passing. We were visiting her beloved Claymont where she would have enjoyed the beautiful scenery of her old neighborhood of Ashbourne Hills. We were happy to delight her with our care packages of TastyKakes so she could enjoy a treat from back East. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Michele and James Murray

  • Sara Clute

    I met Toni through church years ago and she was always a joy. She made each of us feel special. What a wonderful gift to have known her. My condolences on your loss.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Sara for your kind thoughts regarding our mother. You captured the essence of her perfectly.

  • Carl and Janet Lyons

    Our love and sympathy goes out toToni's family. We were neighbors and good friends when we all lived in Claymont, Delaware. She was a beautiful person and had a great family. Loved her husband also. Sincerely, Carl (Sonny)and Janet Lyons

    • Anonymous

      Hello Janet, Sonny; Thanks so much for the kind words regarding my Mother's passing. It has been a LONG time since you and your family lived across the street from the Weidels. Your comments are much appreciated by all the Weidel children and would definitely bring a huge smile to my Mom, who would also fondly recall you and your family. Thanks again for such your caring message. Jeff Weidel

  • John Nutter

    Suzanne and I were sorry to learn of Mrs. Weidel's passing. We extend our heartfelt sympathy, especially to our friends Susan and Nancy. We were pleased to have met your mom here in Laramie.

  • Bob, Rob and Phyllis Sherard

    Dear Lynne, Bob, Robby and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your beloved Mother. Over the years we've known you ,you have shared many wonderful stories about her. We pray your sweet memories will fill some of the gap created by her passing. Phyllis Sherard

  • Vic Capodanno

    Jeff, my condolences to you and your entire family. I know your Mom will truly be missed but live in your heart and soul and the many loving memories you will have forever.

    • Ty Gonabe

      Victor...Please forward me some contact info...I love you and have been looking for you for years...

    • Anonymous

      Hello Vic. What a wonderful surprise to read these kind words from you regarding my Mom's passing. It was extremely touching to me that you reached out with some comforting words at a time when I'm grieving -- and also trying to celebrate -- the passing of my Mom, who was a tremendous impact on my life. My family was so lucky to have her live until age 95 and to do it overall good health and with great mental capacity. It's been quite a long time since our paths have crossed. I was telling my wife DJ this morning about you being my "big brother" at Signa Nu and how much fun we had in our short time together at the House. I hope you are doing well my friend. Thanks again for your kindness Vic -- much appreciated!!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to hear Jeff. Although I don't know your family, I know that you will find strength through your Faith and comfort among your brothers and sisters. God bless. Doug Renner

  • Todd

    Jeff and family, I'm so sorry for you loss. My thoughts are with you friend.

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff and the entire Weidel family. I'm sure you are all comforted by the fact that your mom lived a full life and by the fact that you all were the recipients of her lifelong unconditional love. God grants us no greater gift that I know of than unconditional love. As the product of a broken home I can tell you and I'm sure you're already aware how lucky you all were to have the parents you did. Every time I visited your home and had the pleasure to encounter your Dad and Mom I was truly impressed by their relationship with each other as well as with their children. All of it was truly special. God Bless You all and may God's Peace Be With You.

  • Kevin & Susie Knab

    Dear Jeff and Diane So sorry to hear the news of you're Mother's passing. It is so very hard to lose a parent. I never met her but she sounds like she was a very special lady. Our thoughts are with you and we love you very much. Kevin & Susie Knab

  • The Festa Family

    So sorry to hear about your Moms passing Jeff ..... The few times I spent time with her she was always so sweet and kind to me.... with a great laugh and smile ..... it's never easy to loose a parent... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family... Love, Guy and Georgia

  • Anonymous

    So sorry to hear about your Moms passing Jeff ..... The few times I spent time with her she was always so sweet and kind to me.... with a great laugh and smile ..... it's never easy to loose a parent... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family... Love, Guy and Georgia

  • Anonymous

    So sad to learn about the passing of Mrs. Weidel, but I couldn't help but smile reminiscing about your mom while we played basketball behind the house. Geez, I thought I was her favorite of all of the kids' friends....but now realize that all of our friends felt that way. My mom is particularly saddened but loves retelling the story about their phone conversation five years ago when Jeff and DJ attended my son's wedding (and, yes, she has already retold the story several times today). My thoughts are with each of you as you celebrate the fulfilling life of your mom.

  • Anonymous

    I'm very sorry to hear of Mrs. Weidel's passing. I remember just how kind, caring, and what a loving a person she was. I can recall some sleep overs as a little guy and Mrs Weidel making pancakes and eggs for Jeff and I in the morning. It was the first time I ever had pancakes and eggs at the same time. I remember thinking, " I've got to sleep over at Jeff's house more often". She never complained when we played endless hours of basketball in the backyard. But most of all I recall what a lovely Mom she was. I never remember her raising her voice, she was always behind the scenes and working hard for her family. Obviously I lost touch with Mrs. Weidel over the years but her kindness will forever remain in my heart. I'm very sorry for your loss. Tom Marcin

  • Jeff Caraska

    Sorry to hear about your mom, Jeff. I've known you so long, I feel like I know your family pretty well, too. I'm glad you had the chance to see your mom recently and I'm sure that meant a lot for both of you.

  • The Riffle Family

    To the Weidel Family: We were so saddened to hear of the loss of your dear Mother Toni, although we only had the chance to meet her a few times she always had a big, warm smile on her face and was obviously very loving to all of her family. I remember at one time her speaking to me about "her Jeff" and her eyes just lit up with pride & love. Your loving memories of her will always keep her alive in your hearts. Love to all, The Riffle Family


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