Former judge Charlene Shontz-Weis dies, memorial Saturday

Charlene Shontz-Weis, age 78 of Parker, passed away on January 2nd surrounded by her family. She was born on October 24th, 1945. Charlene will be remembered as a thoughtful, generous, kind, sassy, and amazing individual, as well as a beloved Parker icon.

Charlene is survived by her daughter, Julie Weis, and son, Joe C. Weis II. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Libby Shontz, sister-in-law Nattareeya Shontz, niece Marion Shontz, nephew Eric Shontz, niece Jennifer Shontz, nephew Panumat Shontz, niece Jana Shontz, nephew Walt Shontz, nephew Levi Shontz, and grandsons Zack and Alexander Bokelman, and granddaughters Kaitlin and Emily Weis. Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Weis, her brother Harold LeRoy Shontz, her brother Robert Shontz, her mother Laura Guyse, her father Charles Shontz, her niece Samantha Shontz, and nephew LeRoy Shontz.

Charlene had a fulfilling career as the Parker Justice of the Peace for the Parker Justice Court from 2006 to 2018. She also served as a sewing and stained-glass instructor at Arizona Western College for decades. Additionally, Charlene was a devoted U.S. Army wife, supporting her spouse throughout their military service.

In her free time, Charlene enjoyed sewing, showcasing her talent as an avid quilter. She was also a skilled cook and cherished the role of being a doting mother and grandmother.

A lunch to celebrate Charlene’s life will be hosted on Saturday, January 13th, 2024, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Parker Town Senior / Community Center located at 1115 W 12th St, Parker, AZ. Charlene’s children, Joe and Julie, invite all friends and family to join them in sharing memories of their beloved mother while enjoying pit beef provided by the Poston Rotary.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Animal Relief Fund (ARF) of Parker Arizona or the Poston Arizona Rotary in Charlene’s memory.

Charlene Shontz-Weis will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. May her soul rest in peace.


  1. May She Rest in Peace

  2. Margaret L. Jaeger

    Truly one of Parker’s best.♥️Charlene was very community minded. RIP We will miss you but forever in our hearts.

  3. Condolences to the family during this most difficult time. She was the judge that married my late husband and myself. RIP.

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