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Beverly Lipsett Viemeister

Beverly Lipsett Viemeister

Posted: 1266072116000
Classification: Obituary
Beverly Lipsett Viemeister died in her home on Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 after a lengthy illness. She was 78.

Born in Manhassat, N.Y., she was attending high school there when a young professional, Read Viemeister, spotted her near a Long Island railroad station. He was instantly smitten. So much so, that he ultimately followed her to Yellow Springs, Ohio where she had enrolled at Antioch College. Read started what was to become a successful design business in Yellow Springs, and they were married in 1946.

Although she dropped out of Antioch to have a family, Bev went back to school some 20 years later. She earned a BA in secondary education at Antioch in 1965 and a master’s degree in social work from Ohio State in 1968. She became a licensed social worker and subsequently held a number of supervisory positions at children’s services and mental health agencies in Montgomery and Greene Counties and in New York City.

For almost 10 years, before her retirement, Bev owned and operated Kings Yard Goods, an upscale fabric shop in downtown Yellow Springs. It was her chance to indulge her love of lush colors and beautiful patterns.

Bev gave tirelessly and generously to improve the quality of life in the village. She worked with the League of Women Voters in the early 1950s to turn the Village garbage dump into the Village pool. She was active in the Community Children’s Center, United Way, Business Organization of Yellow Springs (BOYS), Glen Helen Association, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, among others. She was a hard-working and dedicated supporter of the Greene County Democratic Party.

In 2001, Bev received the well-deserved Arthur Morgan Award for community service from the Antioch Alumni Association. The award said of her, “you continually and willingly stepped forward to provide dynamic leadership to make your community a better place.” Antioch College was a major beneficiary of Bev’s hard work and generous contributions. She served on the Alumni Board from 1961 to 1964 and was elected to the college’s Board of Trustees in 1987.

She donated significantly to the college in both large and small ways. Always of a practical turn of mind, she provided funds for the new signs that now direct visitors around the campus. And for the thousands of people who attend events at the Antioch Inn, she provided the wherewithal to build the new restrooms — known forever after by a grateful public, as the Beverly Viemeister Memorial Toilets. Most recently, Bev served as chair of the board of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, a position she reluctantly resigned for health reasons.

Bev had legions of friends and for good reason. Her hospitality was legendary and, to the end, those who knew her — and almost everyone did — streamed through her comfortable living room and felt warmed by her glowing smile and welcoming words.

She is survived by her four children, Tucker, Kris, Heidi and Roslyn Viemeister, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her beloved friend, Gordon Cowperthwaite.

She asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Yellow Springs, Ohio Community Foundation. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be announced.

Sarah Verdone

Posted: 1269703687000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Verdone, Viemeister
Sarah Verdone, cherished wife of Tucker Viemeister and mother of Josephine and Louisa, died on March 11, 2010 at the age of 45.

Surrounded by those who loved her, Sarah died peacefully at home after an extraordinarily brave battle with cancer that ended her all-too-short time with her loved ones.
Sarah gave every ounce of herself to living throughout her illness, supported by countless friends and her six loving sisters and brothers.
Her absence will not only be felt by those who knew her intimately and cared for her deeply, but also by those who read her pithy reviews and commentaries on art, design, fashion, food and travel.
A great beauty, generous, funny and deeply empathetic, Sarah was a writer who kept family at the center of her life. Tucker’s love and commitment, Josephine’s grace and Louisa’s spirit sustained her in life and will continue to bear witness to her memory.

Tucker Viemeister is the son of the late Beverly and Read Viemeister, of Yellow Springs. Sarah will be missed by a large circle of family and friends that encompass the globe.

Yellow Springs News, Yellow Springs, Ohio
March 25, 2010

Re: Beverly Lipsett Viemeister

Posted: 1484603447000
Classification: Obituary

Heidi Viemeister
June 20, 1951–Dec. 27, 2016

Heidi Viemeister — artist, sister, mother and grandmother—died peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from lung cancer. She was 65 years old. She struggled against injustice and inequality. She loved children and animals.

The third child of Read and Beverly Viemeister, Heidi grew up in Yellow Springs. She always loved horses and learned to ride her horses Thunderbird and Winnie at the Riding Center. She attended the Antioch school, and after graduating from YS High School, Class of ’69, she studied printmaking and art at the Dayton Art Institute. Her original posters for the Little Art Theater were always bright and cheerful. She started working for her father at Vie Design Studios as a paste-up artist, and eventually took over as president. She designed and illustrated numerous Antioch University documents. Recently, she had been helping to clean things up and design things for Antioch.

Heidi’s son Michael was born in February 1971, and in the 1980s she had two daughters with Tim Harris — Portia, born July 1985, and Alison, born June 1987. Together, they kept a horse, Jackson, and two miniature horses, John and Wayne, and also raised two pigs — Lunch and Dinner.
In 1993, she and the girls moved to Wellington, Colo., where she worked at Colorado State University in Fort Collins until a diagnosis of breast cancer detoured her life. Heidi and the girls returned to Yellow Springs on Lincoln Court, where they remain to date.

Heidi was a gifted artist and insightful illustrator. She loved drawing and made beautiful “shadow” paintings, miniature sculptures of crying babies and small ceramic animals. She created T-shirts and sculpted cat doorstops and magnets for Young Concepts. An avid rock-hound, Heidi was always searching for petrified dinosaur bones to add to her large collection of unusual minerals, Indian artifacts, dinosaur poop and other stones found on her travels and around Yellow Springs. She was always on the lookout for homeless wildlife and cared for a large list of pets: Charlie, Rover, Louie, Recess, Precious, Peeps, Killer, Baby, Jackie, Bunny, Akela and many others.

Heidi was most proud of her family: her children Michael (major, US Army), Portia (musical producer, Torch Studios) and Alison (chef at Antioch); her grandchildren Truman (17), Ceron (12), Trinity (10), David (2) and Dylan (1) and Sophie (on her way); and her siblings Kris, of Virginia, and Tucker and Roslyn, who live in New York.
We will regularly and fondly recall the many fine and funny times we shared with Heidi, and carry on Heidi’s legacy — and will miss her posts on Facebook! (Happy rock hunting, Hei.)
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