ST. LOUIS, Mo. (April 14, 2020) – Juanita Weber, wife of the legendary Dick Weber Professional Bowlers Association and matriarch of the most famous PBA family, died at a St. Paul-sponsored residence. Louis late Monday night. She was 89.
Juanita Weber, born August 28, 1930k, had been declining in health for some time. She was the mother of Midwest Region PBA manager Rich Weber, daughter of Paula Darmon, PBA50 Director and PBA Regional Tourist John Weber and 37-time PBA Tour champion and Hall of Famer Pete.
Juanita and Dick Weber had met in a bowling alley when they were teenagers. According to the story she later told her children, Juanita went to the bowling alley with a girlfriend to keep an eye on a man named Curt Heady bowling league. Her father said she didn’t want to go to the “bowling alley” back then because “nice girls don’t hang out in bowling alleys.” ”
According to her story, the man who would marry her came and said, “Don’t I know you?” That obscure start became something much more dangerous after Dick bowled in the American Bowls Tournament Championships, earned some money and returned to Indianapolis with a marriage in mind. They were too young to be married without parental consent but obtained permission and were married in Indianapolis on Dick ‘s birthday, December 23, 1948.
Dick and Juanita moved to St. Louis. Louis shortly afterwards, where Dick joined the famous St. Louis Budweisers and launched one of the most successful careers in bowling history.
Juanita moved too. “I’ve never played a 300 game, but I won a state title,” she said.
But her biggest claim was the reputation behind her career as a consultant and manager as one of the most decorated families in bowling history. The legacy she leaves behind includes son Richard (Sue) Weber, Jr., daughter Paula (Jeff) Darmon, son John (Chris) Weber and son Peter (Renee) Weber; grandchildren Lisa, Brian, Nicole, Ashley-Marie, Nick, Ryan, Joshua, and Stacy; grandchildren Avery, Austin, Isla, Kaisen, Kamila, Leo, Hattie and Eli; and Sharon (Jim) Nizzola’s sister-in-law.
In keeping with family tradition and aspirations, Juanita Weber will be burned. Funeral services will not be held. The family requests that any monuments in her honor be donated to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, 621 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011.