Madeline “Madge” Elizabeth was born at home, on the family farm in Brant Township, on February 20, 1924, to parents Herman and Helena “Lena” (Adolff) Lorenz. She was one of six children, along with siblings Ellie, Edna, Rene, Mel, and Eldon. In her teenage years, Madeline was introduced to a young man by the name of Edgar William Weppler. The young couple were married on June 20, 1942 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and soon settled in Chesley. In time, the Wepplers returned to life on the farm, purchasing their own. Throughout their lives they owned a variety of farms in both Brant and Elderslie Township. They got their start by milking cows before moving into beef cattle in later years.
In the mid-1940’s the Weppler family began to grow with the arrival of Carol (1946). She was soon followed by her four younger siblings Vernon (1951), Sharon (1953), David (1955), and Wesley (1963). Madge kept very busy with her young family and I am told on more than one occasion her middle three, Vernon, Sharon, and David kept her on her toes. There was the odd joke or prank involved and usually, Madeline was at the wrong end.
Many family memories were created on their family trips to Arizona to visit Uncle Bud (Weppler), Aunt Ella and family. The seven of them would load up in the van, along with all their belongings, and head out on the long trek for Arizona. Madeline and Edgar made this trip several times and the kids joined them for a few when they were all still at home. Other adventures took Madge to places like Alaska, California, Florida, and Nashville to name a few.
In her free time, Madge enjoyed spending time outside gardening, both in her flowerbeds and large garden. She was an accomplished quilter and enjoyed embroidery as well. Madge was always up for a game of cards and loved catching up with everyone in the family at the yearly Lorenz reunions.
Madge’s faith played an important role in her life. Once married, she attended the Chesley Baptist Church and was an active member throughout her life. Her Bible was always close and she enjoyed reading it regularly. Madge also enjoyed music, loving to take in a variety of hymns and gospel music whenever possible. In her later years, when she could no longer physically attend, Madge resorted to television broadcasts on Sunday mornings to remain engaged. Her faith played a particularly important role in her life through the tough times, when she lost her husband and then later her daughter, Sharon. It always instilled comfort in her life.
Sadly, Edgar died in 1989. Madge soon sold her home in Keady to be closer to family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and keeping up with their busy lives. Although keeping more to herself, Madge’s family was her world and she would do anything to support them. She was the constant rock within the family and led by example. Her hard work never went unnoticed and many of her characteristics and traits were passed down to her children and grandchildren.
In 2010, Madge moved to Owen Sound calling St. Francis Place home. A heart attack in 2015, limited her further and she required more care and soon became a part of the Summit Place family. Here “Maddie” received excellent care and lived out the remainder of her days, always being supported by her family. Madeline passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in her 97th year.
Loving mother of Carol Brodie of Owen Sound, Vernon (Gloria) Weppler, David (Joyce) Weppler, all of R.R. #1 Dobbinton, and Wesley Weppler (Cyndy McCoy) of Owen Sound. Madge will be dearly missed by her son-in-law Bev Webster of Tara, grandchildren Sandra (Tom), Jason (Erica), Shane (Pam), Tony (Jill), Greg (Laura), Sherry (Bert), and Tanya as well as eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Edgar (1989), daughter Sharon Webster, son-in-law Cecil Brodie, siblings Ellie Fortune, Edna Lipskie, Rene Weppler, Mel, and Eldon Lorenz, and her parents Herman and Helena “Lena” (Adolff) Lorenz.
A private family graveside service honouring Madge’s life will be held at the Chesley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Chesley Baptist Church, Canadian Cancer Society or Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.