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Louise Kathryn Weaver

December 1, 1923 — November 12, 2023

Winter Park, FL

Louise Kathryn Weaver

 

Louise Kathryn Weaver, a resident of Winter Park, FL, passed away on November 12, 2023, at age 99.  She was born December 1,1923 to parents Cecelia Ketchum and Leslie Banks.  A Penobscot Nation Native American, “Teeda” was born and grew up on the Indian Island reservation in Maine.  At her death, she was the oldest living Penobscot elder, which she was very proud of.  Teeda loved sharing many stories of her early life on Indian Island.  She walked across the ice-covered Penobscot river four times a day during the winter in order to attend and graduate from Old Town high school in 1941.  A “Rosie the Riveter”, she moved to Boston during WW2 working as a welder on submarines at Boston Navy Shipyard.  In 1946, she and WW2 Veteran Navy Shipfitter Theron Walter Weaver were married and they raised two daughters, Penelope Baker of Burnsville, NC and Pamela (David) Allemeier of Winter Park, FL. She had two grandchildren, Erin (Jeff Young) and David “Griff” Allemeier, and one great-grandchild, William Ketchum Young, to whom she said “welcome to this world” when she first held him just a week from her passing.  Teeda was loved by her family and will be greatly missed—she left each family member with beautiful and humorous memories.  Teeda was pre-deceased by her husband and her two Penobscot brothers, Bernard and Leslie Banks.  She has one surviving Penobscot sister, June Sanborn, of Zephyrhills FL and Bangor ME, and many nieces and nephews in Maine.

Teeda enjoyed a long and happy life.  She loved traveling, was an avid bridge and cribbage player, and a lifelong Red Sox fan.   She enjoyed fishing and scalloping at St Joe Bay in FL, camping with her family in the NC Blue Ridge mountains, and spending summers at family homes in Thomaston, ME and Burnsville, NC.  The family will celebrate her life at a gathering in December. 

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