Obituary of Joseph Ronald Weber
Joseph Ronald Weber passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the age of 84. He is predeceased by parents, William Richardson Weber and Alberta (Holmes) Weber; two brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by his twin brother, Dr. Donald Weber (Lois); beloved wife of 54 years, Roxana C. (Hall) Weber; son, Christopher Weber; daughter, Barbara Weber (Samuel Morse); son, Paul Weber (Meredith); grandchildren, Lawless and Lucas Morse, Justine and Elise Weber.
He was born in Batree, Louisiana on November 1, 1934 where he lived until 1942. The family moved to Marrero, Louisiana when his father started working at the Celotex factory. In high school he worked as an apprentice electrician, wiring houses with his brother-in-law. While in college he and his twin brother opened a printing shop which they operated until the end of college. In 1957, he graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He was drafted into the Army, trained as an artillery radio repairman, and sent to Germany, where he served for nearly two years. After serving in the Army, he did graduate work at the University of Notre Dame. He worked at Miles Laboratory in Elkhart, IN for three years.
He moved to Rochester, NY in 1963 to work at Xerox Corporation in Webster, NY. He worked at Xerox for 33 years as a laboratory supervisor, development chemist, principal scientist, and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopist. Over those years, he co-authored eleven U.S. patents. He retired from Xerox in 1996.
His hobbies included kite flying, biking, photography, and amateur astronomy. He designed and built electromechanical lock buzzers for PRISSM science fair competitions and also published the Rochester Academy of Science bulletin for five years. He photographed the transit of comets, sun spots, moon eclipses, and several planets.
Friends may gather Wednesday, December 5 from 3PM to 6PM at the Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, 1704 Penfield Rd., Penfield, NY. A Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget’s Church, 445 Frederick Douglas St. on Thursday, December 6 at 10AM. The burial will follow at White Haven Memorial Park, 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Joseph Neighborhood Center, 417 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620-1009
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