Monday, April 26, 2004

Traugott Wiesmann felt at home in his adopted city

Immigrated here with his family in 1951

By: Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Although Traugott Wiesmann was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany, he considered Cincinnati his true hometown.

"He went back (to Germany) often, but he always said Cincinnati was his home," said his son, Klaus Wiesmann of Columbus.

Mr. Wiesmann, a painter who lived in Covedale for more than 40 years, died Thursday at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington after a long illness. He was 89.

Traugott Wiesmann and his wife, Marie, owned a vineyard in their native Germany. They moved to the United States in 1951 with their young son to join Mr. Wiesmann's brother, Andrew, a painting contractor in Clinton, Miss.

After visiting Cincinnati and befriending a German-Jewish man at Findlay Market, Mr. Wiesmann and his family moved to North Avondale, and Mr. Wiesmann continued his career, often working through S & H Painting Co.

"We felt able to connect with other Germans in Cincinnati," his son said.

Mr. Wiesmann, an avid chess player, retired around 1977.

In 1995, he and his wife moved to Lexington to be near their daughter, a registered nurse.

Besides his son, other survivors include his wife, Marie, of Lexington; a daughter, Rosemarie Cohen of Lexington; two sisters, Maria Kerber and Babette Garecht, both of Germany; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon-1 p.m. today at Evangelical Fellowship Chapel, 3267 Jessup Road, White Oak. Service will follow. Burial will be in Vine Street Cemetery, Clifton.

Memorials can be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Md. 20852.



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