A Modesto woman whom authorities say died as a result of elder abuse earlier this year was laid to rest next to her late husband, but her headstone was never completed.
Mary Wiemiller died in February at age 85 and was buried at Acacia Memorial Park on Scenic Drive, but her date of death still has not been inscribed on her headstone.
On the bottom of the headstone Mary shares with her husband, Bernie Wiemiller, it reads, “Loved by all your pool friends.” Both were avid pool players; Bernie played in tournaments throughout the Central Valley and taught countless players how to shoot, according to friends.
It’s those friends who organized a pool tournament to raise the funds needed to have the headstone completed with Mary Wiemiller’s date of death, which will cost about $375, according to friend Loretta Johnson.
Mary’s story was featured in The Bee in June. After Bernie Wiemiller passed away in 2000, Mary Wiemiller started seeing and eventually married a man 24 years her junior, Henry Archuleta, who is accused of depleting her savings and convincing her to take a loan out on her home, which ultimately resulted in its foreclosure.
Mary Wiemiller died a month after she was found living in a motel with severe bedsores that resulted in an infection that spread to her blood. Archuleta, who was also her designated caretaker, was arrested and charged with felony neglect of an elder under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death. He is due again in court next month.
The memorial and benefit pool tournament begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, with signups at noon, at Diamond Billiards at 3320 McHenry Ave. There is a $20 entry fee; $10 will go to the fund for Mary Wiemiller’s tombstone and $10 will go to the prize. There will also be a raffle.
Any money raised beyond that needed to finish the tombstone will be donated to an elder abuse prevention group and a local animal rescue, said friend Judy Swisher.
There will be a small service prior to the Saturday pool tournament at the gravesite for Mary and Bernie Wiemiller at 11 a.m. at Acacia Memorial Park.
For more information, contact Judy Swisher at 209-521-5401.