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“There are so many great organizations out there waiting to help people who have lost their vision. I’m glad MindsEye makes a point of connecting listeners to them.” - Rita, retired accessibility instructor

In Memoriam: John E. Weidlich

 

 

MindsEye mourns the passing of former MindsEye Program Director John Weidlich. John spent 33 years laying the foundation for MindsEye before retiring in 2009. He will not only be remembered for his many contributions to our station but also for being an advocate for the blind and visually impaired community in our region. He will be missed by many.

 

SAINT LOUIS- John E. Weidlich, 73, of St. Louis passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Mercy Hospice South- de Greeff Hospice House. He was born March 25, 1946, in St. Louis to the late Lester and Lucille Frey Weidlich. He married Donna Warren on May, 4, 1985. Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Donna Weidlich; niece, Lora (Daniel) McAtee; nephew, Scott (Pam) Parker; great-nieces, Lauren Parker, Kate McAtee, Emma McAtee, and Mira McAtee; sister-in-law, Patricia Warren; brothers-in-law, Donald Parker, and Robert Warren; and his beloved dog, Missy. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Leslie Parker. He graduated from Missouri School of the Blind, St. Louis University with a Master’s Degree achieving Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He was involved with Missouri Council for the Blind, United Workers for the Blind, and Southwest Baptist Church serving in the music programs and as a Deacon. John was an avid Cardinals Fan. He worked as a Program Director and retired from MindsEye Information Service which is a radio reading service for the blind. He also had a passion for music. John played the piano and was instrumental with the Christmas program which included “Johnny and the Mixed Nuts” at Southwest Baptist Church in St. Louis where he was a member. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Southwest Baptist Church in St. Louis. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southwest Baptist Church. www.hoffmeistercolonial.com

 

Interview with John Weidlich of MindsEye

 

STL Post-Dispatch: Blind find alternative to reading through radio signals

 

 

Remembering John:

"John hated being known as 'The Amazing Blind Guy,' but he earned that title over and over. His ability to play about any song on piano by ear, keep a 12 hour-7day a week schedule with five booths and 200 volunteers in his head, and lightening fast Braille reading skills made him hard to compare anyone to. What impressed me the most is how he could make what he had for breakfast into an hour long talk show because his guest canceled at the last minute." Marjorie Moore, Former MindsEye President

 

"I very much enjoyed getting to know John in the early 2000's. He was kind enough to allow Chris and me to host a few shows of what was then called "Talk Back" at Minds Eye, which was back then Radio Information Service. He was such a kind, generous, knowledgeable person. I believe that anyone who had the privilege of knowing him is more enriched and better for having known him. He was incredibly encouraging while I was in college, when I would come to the station. He will be missed very much." Chasity Jackson

 

"We at Paraquad Health and Wellness are so sorry to hear about the passing of John Weidlich. John was such a quality person, an amazing advocate, a Radio personality, skilled piano player and really just a pleasure to work with. This is such a loss, not only for the blind community but the disability community at large. All the staff at Paraquad Health and Wellness new John well as he had been attending 3 times a week since 2010. We enjoyed hearing about his life with Donna and his dog, and how he would play piano at his church. We are grateful for John’s contributions and his life’s work, and will remember him at the gym always." Pamela Daugherty

 

"I volunteered at Minds Eye Radio for a couple years while I was a student at Webster University-St. Louis. It was such an incredibly rewarding experience. I remember John was one of the first people I met when I started hosting a show for the station. He had such a beautiful sense of humor, was always very kind and genuine, and was eager to show new volunteers around. He took great pride and joy in the important service Minds Eye offers. I was so sorry to hear of his passing, but I am sure you have many beautiful memories of him. I haven't been back to Belleville in many years, but I'm sure John would delight to know my time there really was a launching pad for my career. I've been in television news for 13 years, and currently work as a reporter at FOX4 in Kansas City. Sending all of John's family and friends a big hug and lifting you all in prayer as you grieve." Kera Steavenson-Mashek


"What an honor to know him. John was an exemplary Christian. I loved listening to him talk. So calm and kind! The world would be a better place if we were all like him. I know he’s playing for the heavenly choir! Terry enjoyed being in his Sunday School class. Nothing but praise for John." Betty McCoy