Edward S. Weidner, Sr. – better known as “Opa”

1944 - 2022

COOPERSTOWN – Edward S. Weidner, Sr., 78, of Cooperstown, passed away early Saturday morning, October 29, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. 

He was born January 20, 1944, in Queens, the son of Edward J. and Louise (Plucinski) Weidner. 

He married Linda C. Leary in 1963, in St. James on Long Island. 

When Ed and Linda relocated to Cooperstown in 1971, Ed began his roofing and siding business. He also purchased Curcio’s Grocery, later renamed Weidner’s Grocery which was in existence until Great American came to Cooperstown. 

Ed loved his three children; however, when his grandchildren and great grandchildren arrived, they took center stage!

Ed could be found always wearing his children’s and grandchildren’s college spirit apparel as he cheered them on from the sidelines. 

Of all his accomplishments, his most proud achievement in life was marrying his wife, Linda, who supported him in all his glory during his heyday and lovingly tended to him physically during their last days together. 

He knew the value of a hard day’s work which he instilled in his children. 

He was self-proclaimed as “the only man that could by hand, out nail a nail gun.”

Ed loved the NY Jets and held out hope that would someday win another Superbowl. 

He loved keeping his grass beautifully manicured even if it meant mowing six days a week. “If you’re not cutting it on the diagonal and rotate each time, all you’re doing is knocking it down.”

He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of family and a firm understanding for what was important in life. 

Ed is survived by his wife, Linda, of 59 years, Cooperstown; his daughter Linda Flynn of Cooperstown and her two children Jennifer Flynn and Jeffrey Flynn (Jaclyn) and their children Reagan and Ryder of Cooperstown; his daughter Christine Reilly (Kevin) of Hammdondsport and their two children Sean Reilly (Kylie) and Katie Reilly (Dylan) and their daughter, Averie; and his son Edward S. Weidner, Jr. (Erin) of Pleasant Valley and their children Ashlyn, Jack and Terence. He is further survived by his sister, Maryann Clyne (James) of Massachusetts, his brother, Jerry Weidner (Debra) of Medford, and several much loved nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother George Weidner and his sister, Louise Contursi. 

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church, 31 Elm Street, Cooperstown. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon on Thursday at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. Michael Cambi, pastor officiating. The Service of Committal and Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations to be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY  13326. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.