Eileen Cheryl Wehner, 73, of North Pole, Alaska passed away 9 February 2022, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital due to complications from viral pneumonia.
Eileen was born 13 April 1948, at Norfolk, Virginia to Glyn and Anita Cannon. Her siblings are Kathleen Cavalcanto, Michael Cannon, Patricia Von Plinski, and Terry Cannon. She attended Granby High school, followed by Albany State college where she received her nursing degree. While a nurse in Decator, Georgia, she met and then married Michael Wehner, her husband of 47 years. Eileen quit nursing soon after to raise a family. When her husband, Michael, joined the Army, she made sure every move was as easy and as fun as possible, and that wherever the family ended up, it was made to feel like home as soon as possible. From Fort Benning, GA, to San Antonio TX, overseas to Bremerhaven, Germany, then all the way to Fairbanks, AK, then on to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. After a short stay in Missouri, the decision was then made to make Alaska their home. Mike and Eileen returned to Alaska in 2000 and North Pole has been home ever since. Eileen was active in the Catholic Church throughout her life, and always enjoyed teaching RCIA, RCIC and teaching the youth. She also enjoyed writing. Many years were spent researching, and writing several manuscripts, but she was disappointed that they were never published.
Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her 30’s, Eileen had very few days without pain, but through it all she kept the family moving, and together. She enjoyed the outdoors, and camping in the RV any chance she could. A voracious reader her whole life, she would amaze her kids with how quick she could finish books. She knitted almost as much as she read. She knitted or crocheted blankets, scarves, mittens, socks and hats. There hasn’t been a winter go by that something she knitted has not been worn. Later in life, when she wasn’t knitting, she began making jewelry, and tackling any crafts project she found interesting. If she wasn’t working on some project, she was busy taking care of her cats. If you didn’t already know, you can walk a cat on a leash, and her kids teased her about it every time she did it. Her “Minions” obsession was really appreciated by her Granddaughter. What will be missed the most is that she was always there. Good, bad, in between, she was always there to talk to. She gave advice when needed, and never held back when she knew someone was wrong and needed to be set back on the right path. She was the peacemaker of the family, and always ready to forgive. Her Granddaughter Kaitlyn summed it up this way, “she was my only old best friend. Now Who am I going to call, and have come to see me? She was my number one to invite to my birthdays.” She will be missed so very much.
She is survived by her husband Michael Wehner of North Pole. Her sons: Timothy Wehner and his wife Misty Wehner of Palmer, Alaska; Kevin Wehner of North Pole, AK, and her Daughter Bridget Wehner of North Pole. Eileen’s Grandchildren include her Grandsons, Nico Wehner, and Joseph Daniels, Granddaughter Kaitlyn Eileen Wehner, and a Great Granddaughter, Hannah Daniels. She is survived by her siblings Kathleen Cavalcanto, Patricia Von Plinski, Michael Cannon, and Terry Cannon.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents Glyn and Anita Cannon, and recently her cousin Judy Hendrix.
Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in North Pole, Friday 25 February 2022, at 1100 a.m.