Anne Reinken Vieweg – Navy Spouse

From a contemporary press report:
December 10, 1906 April 3, 2001

Forever Beautiful

Following a brief illness related to aging, ANNE REINKEN VIEWEG, in her 95th year, died peacefully at a local hospital on April 3, 2001.

Anne was born to Sarah Johnson Reinken and Louis Arthur Reinken in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 10, 1906. Her life was colored by her mother's death when Anne was three years old and being raised by a maternal aunt in Texas and then a maternal uncle in Michigan during her remaining childhood and adolescence. Following high school graduation, she attended Milwaukee-Downer College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and later the University of Southern California.

While living with her brother and sister-in-law at the US Naval Academy, Anne met Lieutenant Walter V. R. Vieweg, USN. They married in 1930. Anne began her life with the US Navy as the wife of a naval aviator and later mother of two sons born during the 1930's: Walter V.R (Victor) Vieweg and Richard Reinken Vieweg.

During the early part of the Second World War, Anne served proudly with the American Red Cross while raising two sons as then Captain Vieweg was overseas. This period of her life was challenged by the sinking of her husband's aircraft carrier, the USS Gambier Bay, during the battle for Leyte Gulf in October 1944.

Following World War II, Anne performed capably in her role as wife of the Commanding Officer and mother of two sons in sequential assignments at the Naval Air Station, Chincoteague, Virginia; Naval Air Station, China Lake, California; and Fleet Air, Hawaii. Anne's husband retired from the US Navy in 1954. Anne lived in Connecticut until 1959 when she and her husband moved to Northern Virginia. Her husband died in 1960, and Anne lived in Arlington before moving to Vinson Hall Army/Navy Retirement Home, Mclean VA in 1968. Anne lived there and at the Arleigh Burke Pavilion, attached to Vinson Hall, until recent hospitalization.

Anne Reinken Vieweg was preceded in death by her husband, Rear Admiral Walter V. R. (Bowser) Vieweg USN (Ret) and her brother, Captain Louis Arthur, USN (Ret). She is survived by her two sons, W. V. R. (Victor) Vieweg Jr., MD of Richmond, Virginia, and Richard R. Vieweg, of Tucson, Arizona; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A private graveside ceremony is planned at Arlington Cemetery, where Anne will be laid adjacent to her late husband. For those who knew her, Anne will remain forever beautiful.

VIEWEG, ANNE R. (Age 94)

Of McLean, VA. On Tuesday, April 3, 2001 at Fairfax Hospital. Wife of the late W. Victor R. Vieweg, Rear Admiral U.S. Navy, Ret.; mother of Victor Vieweg and Richard Vieweg. She is also survived by a companion, Mary Coleman. Graveside services at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, April 13, 2001 at 1 p.m.

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