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Lost, but not forgotten

By adriana_acosta
May 1, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated May 2, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.

John Bernhard, who grew up with Adam Weise in Yorktown, shares personal stories and memories of Weise growing up in a small Texas town during the Resurrection Celebration held in Weise's honor on Saturday.

YORKTOWN - If there was a fishing hole in heaven, Adam Weise would be casting his line there, said Judy Henze, Adam's aunt, as she fought back tears.

The tolling of church bells muffled soft sobs at Weise's memorial Saturday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Weise was one of 11 missing oil rig workers after an explosion in the Gulf last week.

Friends and family shared memories of the 24-year-old lost at sea.

Country gospel music played during the slide show displaying pictures of him with friends and family.

"He loved making people laugh," said Weise's best friend Shelby Schlinke to a packed church. "He would drop everything he was doing just to be there to help."

Friends remembered him as a gentleman and a hard worker who loved his family and the outdoors.

"He loved driving that lawnmower," Schlinke said, making the crowd break out in a moment of laughter.

Though Weise's life ended early, he left laughter-filled memories and lessons for all those he touched, Schlinke said.

Johnathan Bernhard, another lifelong friend of Weise, had a hard time getting the words out to describe what his good friend meant to him.

"If he was here today, he would see how many people loved and cared for him," he said.

"He taught me to be very respectful, and he will be missed."

Sara Weise, Adam's sister, was happy with the outpouring of friends who showed up.

"It confirms even more what an amazing person he was," she said. "He touched every person's heart."

Friends and family from throughout the U.S. traveled to the memorial to pay their respects, Weise's sister added.

If anything could be asked of Weise's friends, it would be to take those memories and live life to the fullest, his aunt said.

Weise would not want a pity party, she said.

"Our hearts are broken, and we know his friends are too," Henze said.

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