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Deacon Walt Weid dies in Spokane, age 79
the Inland Register
(From the March 1, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
Deacon Walt Weid, who ministered for many years at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, died Feb. 17 in Spokane. He was 79 years old.
The vigil was held Thursday, Feb. 22, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, where the funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning.
Deacon Weid was born in Denver, Col. After service in the U.S. Army during World War II, he spent some 25 years in the mining industry as a geologist, mining engineer, superintendent, and environmental engineer.
After retiring from that career, he began his own business, Duraclean, a carpet and upholstery cleaning service.
He and his wife, Velda, were married for nearly 55 years at the time of his death.
He was ordained to the diaconate in 1985. Besides his parish ministry, he was known for his devotion to Marriage Encounter, ministry to the incarcerated, and in the Right to Life movement.
Father Ty Schaff is the present pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
“I have only known Walt for a very short time since my appointment to Our Lady of Fatima in August,” he said. “It did not take long to see that the parish had been blest by his presence. I feel fortunate to have ministered with him. He lived a true ministry of service to the sick and to those in prison, not calling attention to himself in any way. He focused, rather, on those he served and on the valuable gift that he brought. Even though he was quiet and unassuming in word, manner, dress and appearance, the works of his ministry and his example in his illness spoke loudly the message of trust, faith and hope,” said Father Schaff.
Father James Kuhns preceded Father Schaff at Our Lady of Fatima. Father Kuhns was pastor at the parish from 1994 until his retirement last year.
He echoed Father Schaff’s observations, saying that Deacon Weid was “totally loyal to ministry, especially passionate about caring for prisoners and the sick. And he could laugh at himself as well.”
Deacon Weid is survived by his wife; six children; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
(IR file photo by Deacon Eric Meisfjord)