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3435 North 1st Avenue
TUCSON, AZ 85719
Phone: 520-888-1111
Fax: 520-888-0092
Claudia Weaver

Claudia Weaver

Thursday, July 22nd, 1943 - Sunday, June 14th, 2020
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Claudia Dean Weaver, age 76, passed away peacefully June 14, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born July 22, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, to Claude and Barbara Phillips, who preceded her in death, along with her brother Douglas.

Claudia spent her childhood in Detroit, where after graduating high school, she married Hugh Dickerson Jr. They had three wonderful children together.

While still in the Detroit area, Claudia started working with computers for the IRS, a field she would work in the majority of her career. After moving to the Dallas, Texas area in the 70’s, she began and completed her college education at the University of Texas at Dallas, acquiring a Master’s in Business Administration - all while continuing to work and raise a family with her second husband John Benke.
In the mid 80’s Claudia briefly lived in San Bernardino, California before returning to Dallas, Texas and marrying Dennis Weaver, hence her current name. She then moved to Tucson, Arizona in the late 90’s, where she ultimately retired and took her aging parents into her home.

Claudia was an avid reader! The subject matter was of no concern; she would consume books, magazines, newspapers, and other reading material. In Tucson, she belonged to a Sci-Fi book club. She also volunteered as a tutor for school-aged English Language Learners. Claudia had other passions too! In her younger days she loved to roller skate, play tennis, bowl and run, even completing half marathons. As she got older, her interests turned to biking and hiking, which made Tucson a perfect fit for her lifestyle. She won awards in the women’s division of the El Tour de Tucson bicycle competitions and always strived to surpass her own goals! Claudia loved the groups of people she met and befriend and the conversations they had. She also loved to travel and embraced numerous opportunities to see places around the world. In her down time, she enjoyed puzzles, board and card games, with “Oh Hell!” being one of her favorites.

Claudia is survived by her daughter and husband Dianne and Jim Kolb; son and wife Hugh and Julia Dickerson; daughter and husband Michelle and George Torres; her sister and husband Irene and Larry Twork; brother and wife Clifford and MaryJo Phillips; sister and husband Nora and John Grabowski; sister Loretta Henze; her 8 grandchildren; plus 6 great grandchildren and her many nephews and nieces. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Due to current affairs, the ceremony will be private. Donations may be made to one of her favorite activities, Southern Arizona Hiking Club, PO Box 32257, Tucson, AZ 85751-2257. Condolences, memories, prayers, and thoughts may be left here on the Memory Wall.
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Larry Twork

Posted at 12:51pm
The first time I met Claudia (1992) we went on a run around Lake Lansing in Haslett, Michigan where her sister Irene was living at the time. That was the beginning of many runs and walks throughout the years. It was especially fun when I could join Claudia and her Arizona Hiking Club for the Thursday walks up the road in Sabino Canyon followed by a beer and nachos at Risky Business. But many more walks and travel occurred over the years with Claudia and Irene including; riding bicycles down Haleakala on Maui, cruises through the Panama Canal and the Alaska Inside Passage, and a 12 day Christmas/New Years cruise. Claudia was fun and interesting to talk and walk with, especially about investing, finance, science fiction, and many times about her computers and internet router! She was smart, witty, and fun to be with. She could be a little bit kooky about diet like using potato chips, cheezits and coke almost as dinner, but at the same time getting “frustrated” with me for cutting the stems off broccoli. She was a wonderful sister-in-law and will be greatly missed.
LH

Loretta Henze

Posted at 04:10pm
Friends Terry & Steve shared a gift with the Capuchin Missions in the name of Claudia Weaver. She will be remembered and share in the Masses, Prayers and Apostolic Works of our Capuchin Friars and the faithful in their Missions throughout the world for one year. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of need.
HD

Hugh Dickerson

Posted at 03:28pm
Friend Erika Hartz shares the following message: "I have hiked with Claudia so many times and have fond memories and always will have them. In my thoughts on all the trails, she was with me. My deepest sympathy."
HD

Hugh Dickerson

Posted at 03:21pm
Friend Larry Wippman shares the following message: "Please accept my condolences on the passing of Claudia. I had the good fortune of hiking and cycling with Claudia over many years, and she will be greatly missed. I am very sorry for your loss".
DW

Dennis Weaver

Posted at 09:43am
Claudia and I were married for about 9 years,

We liked to hike and camp. One time we tried a canoe / camping trip down a river. Canoeing wasn't really our favorite. We liked road trips to odd places in Texas. On our driving trips we would usually stop at cave sites. My favorite was a little cave called “The cave with no name”. We drove until the road turned to a rock road, then a dirt road until we came to a hand painted sigh that said “Knock on door and get the guide”. This little man came out and had us drive to a little building. He followed us in a golf cart. We signed the register and went down some spiral stairs. It turned out to be just Claudia, me and the guide. One of my best memories.

She loved to read books and one time she checked out a book from the library for a road trip we were going to take somewhere in Texas. During the trip she was reading to me about this place just a little bit out of the way. We got to the junction and turned, and drove and drove and drove. Thinking we passed it we turned around and went back. Still couldn’t find it. Well there was this little bait and convenience store we had passed on that road so we drove back to ask questions. I went in and ask about the place we were wanting to visit. The guy told me “That place burned to the ground about 10 years ago”. I went back to the car and ask her when that book was published. She looked and it was about 15 years before that. I told her what the guy said. We both had the biggest laugh that day.

She was also very good at chess. We played may times on some rainy day weekend when we stayed home. I never won a game! I would get close but I think she just let me think I was going to win. Then I would hear “Check Mate”. Always with a big smile.

I remember the quirky little things she did like eating a whole bag of potato chips. Her favorite part was the salty little bits at the bottom of the bag. And always with a “real Coke” with ice, of course!
I remember she loved Rolos and candy corn. When she would come in town for work or to visit her children, she would always make time to visit. We would mostly go out for dinner or I would cook dinner for us. I always had a little roll of Rolos she could take with her. Sometimes a little packet of candy corn when she visited in the fall.

I loved her smile and her funny ways of looking at things. I think her favorite book was “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.

I had a cat that was with me before Claudia and I married. For the most part the cat was always either with me or close by me. One cold day I was away for most of the day. When I got home my cat wasn’t at the top of the stairs as she usually was. When I got to the top of the stairs and noticed an empty can in the middle of the kitchen floor. I went to the back room and Claudia was reading a book with the sun shining in on her and the cat. My cat was as close as she could be to Claudia. I ask her what was up with the cat? She said: “I don’t know, I opened a can of sardines for lunch and ‘your cat’ wouldn’t leave me alone, so I just put the empty can down on the floor and went to read my book. The next thing I know the cat was curled up next to me purring”. My cat had a new friend! From that time forward if I was in one room and Claudia was in another room, the cat positioned herself so she could see both of us.

Claudia didn’t really cook. She did cook scrambled eggs and she did teach me how to cook over-easy eggs without breaking the yoke. The best thing she cooked was French toast. To this day I still can’t get French toast right! Well one day I had to work late and when I got home something smelled real good. I ask what we were having. She said “meatloaf”. When we sat down to eat, the meatloaf had almost no flavor. I ask what kind of seasoning she put in it. She said “nothing”. After that we agreed that she would be the breakfast cook and I would be the “everything else” cook.

We talked on the phone or through email fairly regularly. She would email me pictures of some of the trips she took. She always looked so happy in those pictures. I cherish each one.
A few months after her mother passed away we were talking and she ask me what I thought about getting back together. I told her “I’m fine with that but I’m leaving it up to you”.
I know she was involved with a local hiking group in Tucson as well as Training for the “El Turo De Tucson bike event” that she enjoyed. She was also proud to be an “English as a second language” instructor and after reading the comments from her Memory Wall, I know she had a lot going on in Tucson.
Later she got a case of pneumonia and she told me that really bothered her because she couldn’t hike and do normal things around her house.

I still love her and I know I will truly miss her.
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