Susanne Elisabeth <I>Wienhues</I> Beisser

Susanne Elisabeth Wienhues Beisser

Death 18 Jan 1983 (aged 37)
Burial Gelsenkirchen, Stadtkreis Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Memorial ID 6904082 View Source
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Staatlich Gepruefte Hauswirtschafterin (Licensed Hotel Manager). Mechtild Susanne Elisabeth Wienhues Beisser, born May 6, 1945, in Kirchhellen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, was the daughter of the late Ludwig Paul Wienhues and Theodora Mechtilde Dickmann. The very first male that she encountered in life was a captain in the U. S. Army. She was two days old and he was touring the hospital where she was born taking an inventory of resources available to the residents of Kirchhellen on the day following the end of hostilities in northwestern Germany at the conclusion of World War II. According to her mother, it then became inevitable that she would find an American to spend her life with. She was the fourth of six children.

Mrs. Beisser completed an innkeeper apprenticeship with the Kinderkurheim Sancta Maria in Borkum, Germany, in 1962 and then attended the House/Innkeeper's School of Staedische Bildungsanstalt fuer Hauswirtschaftliche Frauenberufe in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany graduating in March of 1963. She then took a hotel position in Berchtesgaden for a year to complete her apprenticeship. In 1965 she was awarded the designation of State Certified House/Innkeeper from the Staedische Bildungsanstalt fuer Hauswirtschaftliche Frauenberufe in Gelsenkirchen.

Following that she accepted a position as kitchen supervisor at St. Thomas Hospital and subsequently assumed the position of kitchen manager in the German YMCA, both in London, England, where she made her home for two years. Leaving London in early 1967, she took "The Orient Express" to Istanbul, Turkey, to accept a household manager position. When the position in Istanbul proved unsatisfactory, she traveled to Ankara, Turkey, to visit a long-time friend of her mother, Margaret Bosch Klein, for a few months. It was during that time that she met her future husband, Frederick G. Beisser of the U. S. Air Force, while visiting mutual acquaintances, the Johannes Huber family, attached to the German Embassy.

Subsequently, she returned to her hometown of Gelsenkirchen, Germany and took a position as "Kaltmamsell" or cold kitchen supervisor with the Kaufhof cafeteria there. In early 1968 she moved to Wiesbaden, Germany and became the cafeteria manager for Tengelmann Gmbh in their Grosso Markt. On May 24, 1968 she married Mr. Beisser in Wiesbaden. They became the parents of two children, Alice Margrit born in Wiesbaden, Germany and Frederick Johann born in Sacramento, California.

Mrs. Beisser was an avid equestrian and also acquired a strong interest in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). During a tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan with her husband she earned a 4th degree teacher designation in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, having studied with founder and dean of the school, Sofu Teshigahara, in Tokyo. She also taught English as a second language to her Japanese neighbors while there.

Later she and the children accompanied her husband in 1979 to a new assignment in Adana, Turkey, where they were able to tour a variety of archaeological and biblical sites. In 1981 she returned to Germany with her husband for his new assignment there.

On January 18, 1983, while returning from teaching an evening group study course in German for Tourists to the military at her husband's duty station she was involved in a fatal vehicular accident on a rural road near Blankenrath, Germany.

She was survived by her husband, Frederick G. Beisser, and her children, Alice and "Jan"; her mother, Mechtilde Wienhues, and by her brother Jens Wienhues, and four sisters who were: Antje (Werner) Meyer of Wolfratshausen, Bavaria; Dorthea (Wolf) Tscherney of Wupertal, Germany; and twin sisters, Renate (Berndt) Pieper of Recklinghausen, Germany and Beate (Hans-Walter) Schneider of Bottrop, Germany; as well as nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and attended by many relatives as well as a large number of American friends of her and her husband from the Hahn Air Base area where the family had been living. Her remains were interred in the Ostfriedhof at Gelsenkirchen, next to her father.

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