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Date published: 5/14/2013

Wietske Weigel

Wietske Pietrik Weigel, 75, of Indian Neck went home to her Lord on May 5 after a valiant battle with cancer surrounded in love by her husband, children, son-in-laws and grandchildren.

Born 1937 in Singkawang, Borneo, Indonesia, she lived with her spouse and best friend, Dr. Eugene Weigel at Liberty Hall, Indian Neck, for 29 years. Married to a Navy dentist who also worked in private practice, Wietske lived in Holland, Germany, numerous states on the East Coast, Ohio and Hawaii.

A naturalized U.S. citizen in 1960, she moved to Virginia in 1981, where the couple retired. In addition to being a loving, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she passionately restored Colonial homes dating back to the 17th century in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Her work has been recognized on several websites.

She also was a genealogist, artist and an avid gardener. While living in Indonesia, she spent 4 years in Japanese prison camps with her mother, Geertje Bakker, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her father, Albert Bakker, was also imprisoned. They were reunited at war's end and moved to Holland. In 1952 the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where her father headed the KLM Airlines office.

In addition to her husband, Dr. Eugene Weigel, whom she was married to for 56 years, she leaves behind sons, Mark, of Spotsylvania and Michael of Goose Creek, S.C.; daughters Wietske Weigel Delano and Marieska Weigel Dolieslager, both of Spotsylvania, son-in-laws Steve Dolieslager, Gregory Delano and daughter-in-law Julie Ferrigno Weigel. She had 14 grandchildren including Sarah, Stephanie, Shelby, Emily, Matthew, John, Hannah, Wietske, Eugene, Jessica, Chase, Makaila, Alec, and Kyra. She also leaves behind brother, Dr. Hans Bakker of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; one sister-in-law; four nephews and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, mother-in-law and father-in-law Dr. Eugene J. and Nina Weigel, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and nephew.

Services will be held at the Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, 206 North Church Lane, Tappahannock, Va. 22560 on Friday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. followed by interment at the Quantico National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Go to can cer.org/involved/partici pate/formdonation-pdf for the donation form.