|Birth: ||Jul. 14, 1921|
|Death: ||Aug. 4, 2010|
Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 7, 2010: BIELERT ANNA BIELERT (nee Zidonis) "Rosie the Riveter", age 89. Beloved wife of the late Fred Bielert and Peter Kaushakis; dearest mother of Lloyd (Barbara),...
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Friday, July 4, 2003: Woman Recalls Service in Rosie Ranks, by Melissa Hebert, PD Reporter
Imagine not being able to answer, "How was work today?" Anna Bielert lived with that for three years, as her job was classified top secret. She was a "Rosie The Riveter," helping to build B-29 planes during World War II. "I couldn't talk to anyone about it," recalled Bielert , 81. Now, she loves to talk about how she did her bit to keep America free. It's important, she says, to remember those times and reflect on American values and freedoms. The Fourth of July is more than a day for cookouts to Bielert . It is the official birthday of everything soldiers fought to protect and what ordinary people sacrificed to protect. Her time at the plant where the International Exposition Center in Cleveland now stands is a jewel in the crown of life for Bielert . She has mementos commemorating that time throughout her North Royalton condominium. It was a frightening time for America, as it got pulled into World War II against Germany, Italy and Japan. Factories across the country were converted to make weapons and equipment for the military. A Cleveland General Motors plant was chosen by the government in 1942 to help make the new B-29 Superfortress that was designed to eventually replace the B-17 heavy bomber. B-29s also dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Bielert didn't know that she would play a role in such enormous pieces of history. But at the age of 21, she said, she just wanted a job. Women could bring home good money at defense plants, many of which ran around the clock. Nearly 3 million women worked at defense-related plants during the war. She was hired in 1942 and had to attend training for six weeks to learn how to rivet. After that, she was part of an eight-woman crew. They had to figure out from blueprints where to put the rivets. Her crew was assigned to work on the outboard wing. In addition to her work on the B-29s, Bielert was active in the Women's Army Corps. About 150,000 WAC members served in World War II. Bielert has an affection for military-related items, partially because of her service in World War II, but also because one of her five children, Diane Tucker, served in the Navy. Her late husband, Fred, was a U.S. Army veteran. The mementos of her life and travels are the main source of decoration in her home. The living room wall is a collection of framed letters, posters and plaques. One of her cherished mementos is a plaque from Hard Hatted Women, a professional organization for women in construction-related trades. The group honored the "Rosies" for being professional trailblazers. Bielert has many of her mementos professionally framed. She wants them properly preserved for her five children. "It's not exactly traditional decorating," Bielert said. "But it shows I've had an interesting life."
Frederick William Bielert (1915 - 1986)
Saint John Lutheran Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 22, 2012
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