A life and career in music was concluded December 27, 2013, with the death of Joy Weiler of Cedar Rapids.
Weiler was born October 16, 1925 in Toledo, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred and Rose Hofer. There, she attended school and began her musical training later earning a degree from the Iowa State Teacher's College. She was preceded in death by an infant son and her parents but is survived by two children, also musicians: Jeff Weiler of Chicago, and Dr. Kristana Weiler of Cedar Rapids.
The last 25 years of Joy's career?until just prior to her death?were spent at the piano of the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel. Prior to that she lived at Traer, Iowa, but traveled to work with many notables of radio, television, and music including Arthur Godfrey, Ken Curtis (best known as "Festus" of TV's Gunsmoke), Anita Bryant, Pat Boone, Jackie Gleason's sidekick Frank Fontaine, a number of personalities of the Lawrence Welk Show, as well as seasoned vaudevillians who still toured the "fair circuit" in the 1960s and '70s. For 23 years Weiler was organist of the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo. In addition she played for hundreds of pageants, horseshows, county and state fairs around the Midwest.
Hers was a life in music well lived.
Arrangements are private.