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We Bid Farewell to a Dear Friend

Our Association has received the somber news that our dear friend - and a dear friend of Route 66 - Lenore Weiss, passed away this morning.

We received the following notification via Kathy Miller today which we now share:

This message is to inform all who knew and loved Lenore Weiss that she passed away on February 22, 2010. Her battle with cancer is now over.

Lenore Weiss and Bob Waldmire

Arrangements for a final good-bye and celebration of her life will be held on February 25, 2010 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on Friday, February 26, 2010 from 9:00a.m.to10:30a.m.at:

Patterson Funeral Home
401 East Main (Highway 113)
Braidwood, IL 60408

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00a.m. on February 26, 2010 at:
St. Rose Church
600 S. Kankakee St.
Wilmington, IL 60481

Donations in memory of Lenore may be made to:

Hospice of Kankakee Valley
482 Main Street Northwest
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815-936-3370


The Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation – Cancer/Health Fund
Please make check payable to: The Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation – Cancer/Health Fund
Mail check to: Cheryl Kistner/FCR Foundation Treasurer
27941 W. Flynn Creek Drive
Barrington, IL 60010

Kathy Miller expresses the following sentiment:

"My heart aches for she was filled with spirit and sunshine up until the end of her life's journey."
May I also ask that people send a line or two of a memory of Lenore to me at Kathleen708@hotmail.com

Thank you for your kindness,

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Traveler wrote on April 21, 2010 - 4:04am:

I first met John and Lenore at a car show in 1993 or 1994. They had their black 1964 1/2 Mustang droptop there-- I've been a 'Stang freak ever since I was a little kid, so I bugged them about that sharp car all day... and then they hooked me on Route 66. Through many trips with the Roadrunners, and through the IL RTE 66 Association, I always enjoyed Lenore's sparkling and bubbly personality. She was always very helpful to me when I had questions regarding RTE 66, association stuff, or whatever goofball question I may have had.

I'm an over-the-road truckdriver, and don't get to do much with the association anymore-- and don't get to see any members but maybe a couple times a year... I finally got my newsletter a week ago, and that's the first I knew about Lenore's passing. Initial shock turned to dismay, then grief. John, my thoughts are with you and your family. Please forgive me for having my head in the sand for so long.

Lenore was truly a bright beacon on the highway, guiding people with her knowledge and love. I will miss her, but I'm glad I had the opportunity and good fortune to know her.

Steve Travis

Traveler wrote on March 29, 2010 - 5:14pm:

I never met Lenore, but I have had a "crush" on her for 20 years. I used to tease John that it was always nice to see photos of him and his "daughter." I am sure that she was welcomed by all of the original cast-members of Route 66 who have passed. My heartfelt wishes to John and family. George Boley, Allen, Texas

Traveler wrote on March 26, 2010 - 2:00pm:

So much of what I would like to say has been said already so I will simply say that Lenore is one person I shall never forget and one who deeply touched my heart and life.

Traveler wrote on March 4, 2010 - 4:48am:

This world is finite, everyone has to die because the laws of nature are absolute and we have to bow before them.
Don't be sad just be patience its only the solution. Pray.
Arsal Andy
640-460 co ltd

Traveler wrote on February 26, 2010 - 9:03am:

Our hearts are deeply saddened!

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."

It was author, James Barrie, who said - "God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December."

Rest in peace, dear friend, we leave you in God's loving embrace forever.

Tom Brandsness
Berwyn, IL

Traveler wrote on February 25, 2010 - 1:55pm:

Paul and I are grateful for the time we had with Lenore. She was so much fun, always a big smile for everyone. We had such a great time Lenore & John in Litchfield last summer. We all shared the sirup from Funks Grove for breakfast at the hotel. We will always treasure that memory.

Kathy & Paul Wester

Traveler wrote on February 24, 2010 - 11:44pm:

I only met Lenore once, that was at the Odell station last year for the painting party. She made me feel like I had been a long time member of the preservation team. What a wonderful lady. My condolences to John and her family.
Brian Burke

Traveler wrote on February 24, 2010 - 9:35pm:

Ike and I are truly sad of losing a true friend and a wonderful friendship. My heart goes out to her husband John and her brother Larry and her son Mark. My heart will always hold that special bond that she had towards others giving her love and support on all who need a friend she was right there with open arms and a willing hand and make you feel warm and welcome from within. Our hearts and prayers are with the whole family. We will keep her memory going as we travel Rt 66 and look at all the wonderful things that John and Lenore have done to keep the Mother Road alive.

Kathie and Ike Widner

Traveler wrote on February 24, 2010 - 9:26pm:

It saddens my heart that a lovely woman with such talent left us. She has taught me many things in life and along Rt66 and she became a good teacher to many of us. I sure will miss her with her smile and guidance I know she is in in heaven with her son Jason,her mother Louise and father Edward looking down at us in grace keeping all of safe as we travel the Mother Road known as Rt66

Ike Widner

Traveler wrote on February 24, 2010 - 7:43am:

We and Route 66 have lost a truly great friend. But Lenore will always live on with John on the Mother Road and in the minds of all those who were fortunate to know her. Lenore's motto was "Enjoy the Ride!" Now Lenore, with family and friends, is on an even better and more exciting one. My deepest condolences to John and her brother Larry.

Tom Flasch

Traveler wrote on February 23, 2010 - 2:54pm:

I first met Lenore on January 12,2008 in Kankakee IL at one of her and John's 66 presentations. I had traveled from Springfield IL that winter day. We had exchanged emails prior to the event, so when I arrived a bit late, they both knew whom I was much to my chagrin. It was a delight to see the passion she had for Route 66, especially the preservation for future generations. I promptly purchased all 3 of their books and they talked to me about joining the association. After the presentation I helped them load up their materials and talked about my new interest in the mother road. I ended up joining the assocation later that year and was proud to be present when they were awarded the Tom Teague award during the 2009 Motor Tour Banquet. My deepest condolences to her friends and family. I know I am a better person for having met her.
Josh Friedrich

Traveler wrote on February 23, 2010 - 2:00pm:

Being a former Editor for the Route 66 Association Of Illinois, I remember when Lenore and John first joined the Association and I will admit it was enjoyable to be involved in the many preservation projects that were done on Route 66 in Illinois, so God be with Lenore on her new journey. From Randy Smith.

Traveler wrote on February 23, 2010 - 12:39am:

I did not know her. Best wishes and i am sorry for the loss. The picture with Bob is just Amazing..I wish the best for Family and friends. My condolences... Jason Waldmire

Traveler wrote on February 23, 2010 - 10:14am:

I didn't know her, but I send my condolences and prayes out to her family and friends.


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