Maria A. "Dora" Weese, 90, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7,2012 at South Wind Hospice in Pratt,
She was born April 16, 1922 at Tarejero Michoacan, Mexico, to Ciro Jesus and Francesca V. Espinosa.
On Jan. 1, 1944 she married Carl Weese Sr. He suddenly died on Dec. 16, 1963.
She was a resident of Kiowa County since 1932 and is most remembered for her work as an LPN at The Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1986. Following the Greensburg tornado she moved to Pratt.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greensburg.
Survivors include: a son, Carl Jr. and wife Cheryl of Pratt; daughter, Gloria Taaffe and husband Steve of Leander, Texas; four grandsons, Tom Weese and Todd and Rene' Weese of Wichita, Tyler and Ferran Weese of Blackwell, Okla., and John-Michael Taaffe of Austin, Texas; one granddaughter, Melanee Weese of Pratt; two great-granddaughters, Alexa and Bailey Weese of Wichita and two great grandsons Tanner and Braden Weese of Blackwell, Okla.; two sisters, Beatrice Lypps, Escondido, Calif., and Angie and Frank Casteneda of Lewis; one brother, Solomon Espinosa and wife Julia of San Diego Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Rosario; brothers, David, Eulalio, Jesse, Tony and Arthur and grandson, Carl Weese III (Tray).
She leaves behind many nieces and nephews and a host of caring friends to cherish her memory.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greensburg, with Fr. Robert Schremmer officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Greensburg. A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the family greeting friends after the vigil.
Memorials may be made to South Wind Hospice, Pratt, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greensburg, Kiowa County Senior Citizens Center, Greensburg, and The Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, Greensburg, all in care of Fleener Funeral Home, 514 S. Main, Greensburg, Kansas, 67054.