Pastor Lee Weber

The Rev. Lee Weber will retire June 30 from his 42-year career as a minister. He has been pastor since July 1, 2000, of First United Methodist Church, 148 E. Shenango St. A “farewell and retirement” party has been planned for Sunday.

His first assignment, from 1967 to 1969, was Christ Methodist Church in Bethel Park, Pa. Rev. Weber pastored in two more churches in the Pittsburgh area until 1977.

He and his family, wife Mary Lou, whom he married in June 1967, and two daughters, Beth and Amy, moved to New England. Rev. Weber remained in that area, where he was pastor of eight churches while also working for the juvenile justice system and running his own financial planning business.

They returned to the Western Pennsylvania Conference in 2000, when he became the pastor at his current charge, First United Methodist.

Rev. Weber’s wife of 35 years, the former Mary Lou Wilkenson, passed away in September 2002. He continued to have his wife’s aunt, Elizabeth Wilkenson, live with him as well as three dogs.

Rev. Weber remarried July 1, 2006, to the former Carol J. Thompson from Helendale, Calif., formerly of Masury.

His daughter, Beth, lives in Suffield, Conn.; and Amy McKean and her husband, Tom, in Arvada, Colo. The McKeans have a 10-year-old son, Jacob.

Rev. Weber, through his second marriage, has two stepchildren. Bill Petersen lives in Austin, Texas; and Karin Petersen, Santa Barbara, Calif.

His future plans include living in a motor home for about six months until the Weber’s new home is built on their 26 acres in West Salem Township.

Rev. Weber also plans to work on his hobbies as well as tend his orchard and garden and travel with his wife Carol.