Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights. Praise him, all you his angels; praise him, all you his hosts.

Today will be short and sweet.  I am posting for you an obituary of one of my mentor’s.  It may seem strange to do this, but this woman was the epitome of Praise the Lord from the heavens.  She dedicated her entire life to that…rest in peace Mrs. Weissert.  May the choir of angels come to meet you, may they speed you to paradise where you can now join them in their endless song of praise.

Weissert, Joan Marie (Burkhart), age 87, baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Joan began her lifelong teaching career as Sister Marie Elise, a School Sister of Notre Dame. She impacted countless students as both a classroom teacher and, most notably, a music teacher. Joan’s vocal talents and coaching inspired quite a few of her high school students to begin their own careers in music. She spent time as the choir directress at Christ Prince of Peace Church, and she was a well-known liturgist and liturgy clinician at numerous churches in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Music was a central part of Joan’s life. In fact, she and Bob, her husband of 50 years, met on a blind date, set up by a mutual friend who suspected their love of music and dedication to Christ would allow them to form a quick bond. Clearly it did. In addition to the many musicals and school performances she coordinated, Joan often enjoyed attending performances by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and she never missed a chance to witness her children’s musical performances. She and Bob regularly traveled to the University of Kansas to attend their daughter Laurie’s band concerts, and when they had the opportunity to hear Christie sing, they jumped at it. Anyone who knew Joan can easily imagine the tears of delight she shed while listening to her grandson, Nathan, play the violin.

While her children were growing up, Joan greatly enjoyed planning the details of her family’s yearly vacations to destinations across the United States. Many of her family’s strongest and most lasting memories come from these trips together. After they retired, Joan became a world traveler with Bob, visiting locations across Europe and Alaska. As her traveling days slowed down, Joan’s true pride and joy became spending time with her grandchildren, Nathan and Lilli, whom she loved boundlessly.

Joan was the beloved wife of Robert C. Weissert; dear mother of Christie (Jonathan) Hart and Laura (Scott) Tacke; loving grandmother of Nathan Hart and Lilli Tacke; dear sister of Jim (Judy) Burkhart, Don (Tina) Burkhart, Tom (Jean) Burkhart and Bob (Debbie) Burkhart. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Elsie (nee Appelbaum) Burkhart and brothers Eddie (Janet) Burkhart and Jack Burkhart.

Do something great for our Lord today – find a teacher who made an impression on you and thank them for their inspiration.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.

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