It is with love and heavy hearts that we say good-bye to our mother Toby. Devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, cousin, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, she quietly passed away Saturday August 8th surrounded by her family. She leaves behind her sister Beverly Harmer, sister-in-laws Judy Griffin and Elaine Smith, lovingly cared for by her son Mark and daughters, Debi Ruggeri, Karen Williams (Mike) and Cindy Munch (Rob); granddaughter Dawn Calderon and 5 grandsons Dru Ruggeri, Bow Ruggeri (Erina), Patrick Calderon (Rebekah), Kevin Williams and Craig Williams; great grandchildren, Aiden Calderon and Bettie Lou Calderon. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
Aletta Flora was born in “old” Ruth, Nevada to Selma and Simeon Smith, who was Superintendent of the Kennecott Copper Mine. As a red-headed young girl she was nicknamed “Toby” and attended Ruth Grade School through 1946. After graduating White Pine High School, she headed to California where she graduated from Woodbury College in 1952 with a degree in Fashion Design. She met and married the love of her life, Jim Weigand and bought a home in Manhattan Beach where they raised their family for over 35 years.
Toby was employed as a painter at Metlox Pottery and loved the beach, sewing, cross stitch, gardening, collecting beanie babies, Hallmark ornaments, and Friday night Domino games she hosted for her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her brother Jerry and her parents.
Toby’s ashes will be spread in the ocean off the Manhattan Beach coast at the same location as her husband’s ashes. The family gratefully acknowledges the love, care and support she received from Torrance Memorial Hospice. Donations could be made in her honor to Torrance Memorial Hospice – 3330 Lomita Blvd. Torrance, Ca 90505.