Pat Webermeier - July 24, 2012
Long-time Estes Park resident Pat Webermeier died while at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland July 24, 2012. She was 78 years old. Patricia Schubert was born July 30, 1933 in Denver. Her parents were Edward and Eleanor (Kuxhaus) Schubert. She spent her early years living in Denver and Roggen.
Her teen years were spent between the fabulous Deer Ridge Chalet in Rocky Mountain National Park and Pasadena, Calif. She attended and graduated from Anokia Academy, a private girls’ school in Pasadena. She was then enrolled at the University of Colorado pursuing a fine arts degree where she met John Clifford Webermeier Jr. of Holyoke.
On Sept. 4, 1953 she married John Webermeier in Denver. During John’s commitment to the United States Navy, she lived in San Diego, Calif., where she gave birth to their first child, Scott, while John was at sea. After John’s discharge from the United States Navy in 1956, they moved to Holyoke for a short time where he worked with his father, John Clifford Webermeier Sr. and wife Thelma, on the family wheat and beef farms.
In Holyoke they gave birth to their second child, Debra. Soon after, John and Pat opted to join the Schubert family in the operation and management of Deer Ridge Chalet during the summers and spent winters in Palm Springs, Calif. They also welcomed their third child, Sandy, during these active years.
In 1960, Deer Ridge Chalet and most other private commercial inholders in the Park were evicted by the National Park Service. Pat, John and Pat’s parents moved to develop a similar facility at the Fall River entrance to the Park, known at that time as National Park Village. This facility included a miniature train, viewing tower, white-tailed deer herd, stables, hair salon, gift shop and the Covered Wagon dining room.
John’s commitment to business and other community activities put Pat in the primary position of raising their family, which had now become four with the addition of Kathryn (Kasey) in 1964. During this time she was very active volunteering in school activities and events, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, PEO and the Estes Park Woman’s Club.
In 1978 she and John developed and built what was then known as National Park Village South near the Beaver Meadows entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, which included the Other Side Restaurant, Village Store and Country Supermarket.
After John’s death in 1986, she became the president of Deer Ridge Incorporated, the parent company of both facilities. She became specifically involved in the retail management of the businesses, specializing in Southwest arts and crafts and Native American jewelry. She truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Indian jewelry traders and customers who became more than guests at her store.
Pat became a part of the lives of many seasonal employees who worked at National Park Village South over the years. In her spare time, she became an accomplished seamstress, having developed from scratch many a Halloween costume, prom, homecoming or rush dress for her daughters and family members. Additionally, her talents included oil painting, furniture refurbishing and knitting, not to mention she was a voracious reader.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents; and sister, Virginia Dwyer.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra Schifferns and partner Ken of Longmont; daughter, Sandy Schell and husband Ed of Centennial and their children Pierce Daniel, Riley Clifford and Eleanor Ashleigh (Ellie); son, Scott Webermeier and wife Katie of Estes Park and their children John Schubert, Laura Kathryn and her fiancé William Bishop, Whitney Anne and Peter Holm; and daughter, Kathryn (Kasey) Schultz and husband Dennis of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and their son Anton William.
Her children and grandchildren miss her immensely but understand that she has indeed found peace as she has moved to a greater and more forgiving place in the universe.
Pat’s life was celebrated Aug. 7 at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Improvement Fund at Estes Park Good Samaritan Village for the deck roof project, c/o Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517.
See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Pat’s family.