Birgit Marianne Nordin Weaver, 90, Potsdam
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:41 am

A funeral service for 90-year old Birgit Marianne Nordin Weaver will be at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam Aug. 8, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. Rev.

Brooke Newell, pastor of Potsdam United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam.

Friends may call at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:30 p.m.

With her family beside her, Birgit died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester July 25, 2015.

Birgit is survived by her two daughters, Irene "Rena" Weaver Wyant and her husband John Wyant of Monterey, Calif. and Karin Weaver-Zacharek and her husband John Zacharek of Penfield; her granddaughter Rachel Zacharek; her sisters in Finland, Margit Karkinen, Eva Nordlund, and Maj-Lis Selenius; and nieces and nephews in Finland and Sweden.

Birgit was born in Vasa, Finland Oct. 15, 1924 to George Oskar Nordin and Elise Berts Nordin.

She married Charles T. Weaver in Wembo Nyama, Congo March 18, 1953 in a civil ceremony, followed by a church ceremony March 20, 1953.

The couple were Methodist missionaries in nursing and education who met in what was then the Belgian Congo. Later they both attended graduate school in their chosen fields.

They left the mission field in 1967. Charles became a professor of cultural anthropology and taught at SUNY Potsdam for many years. Birgit was a nurse at SUNY Potsdam, then later worked in public health nursing for St. Lawrence County. She later obtained her master’s degree in nursing. Sometimes she guest lectured on multi-cultural perspectives in nursing at local colleges.

As a member of the Potsdam United Methodist Church, Birgit held many service positions. Later, she used her background in psychiatric nursing and mission work to lead training seminars in what became the church's Caring Ministries Program.

She was also a member of AAUW’s St. Lawrence County Branch, the Potsdam Antique Club, the International Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau, and friends of the Potsdam Museum.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Charles T. Weaver Anthropology Museum at SUNY Potsdam, or to the Potsdam United Methodist Church Caring Ministries.