Vivian Lenora (Reiten) Weisser, 91, died January 25, 2014 in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Vivian was born August 22, 1922 in Valley City, North Dakota, to Lars and Carrie Reiten. She was the only one in her family born in a hospital. After graduating from Hastings High School in 1940, she enrolled in Valley City Teachers' College, graduating in 1942. Vivian was offered a teaching job, but chose to move west to Seattle, WA where she joined the war effort working for Boeing as a riveter. Later, she enrolled in Seattle Pacific College part time. She met Richard Erhardt Weisser at Ridge Roller Rink in Seattle, and they married on November 29, 1945. In 1946 they moved to Alaska on a civil service contract on Kodiak Island, where they raised six children. She served in her church, substitute taught, and volunteered in the hospital nursery. Vivian enjoyed gardening, bowling, and beachcombing. After 32 years in Alaska, they retired to Camano Island, WA. They became involved with the Camano Chapel community, making new and lasting friendships. In addition to worldwide travels, they vacationed in La Paz, Mexico each winter. She was preceded in death by infant son, Richard; husband, Richard Weisser; brothers, Joseph and Chester Reiten. She is survived by children, Carolyn (John) Mullenix, Donna (Gary) George, son, Randy (Marla) Weisser, Marsha (Les) Galloway, Lori (Jan) Fekkes, Bonnie (Steve) Cosentino; as well as 32 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. She was loved dearly by all. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Camano Chapel. Donations may be made to Camano Chapel – Harbor of Hope. Arrangements are under the care of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood, WA.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 30, 2014