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In Memory of

Anneliese Reisenauer

July 22, 1923 - January 23, 2018

Obituary


Anneliese "Lisa" Reisenauer, 94, of Woodland passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Woodland Convalescent Center. She was born July 22, 1923 in Austria to Josef and Margarethe Denninger.

Lisa grew up in Vienna, Austria. WWII broke out when she was 16 years old, and Lisa recalled how difficult life was for people in Vienna at that time. Food was scarce. Her father and uncle were drafted into the Nazi military and sent to opposite fronts to fight the Allied forces. Her father was captured by the Russians and spent 10 years as a...

Anneliese "Lisa" Reisenauer, 94, of Woodland passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Woodland Convalescent Center. She was born July 22, 1923 in Austria to Josef and Margarethe Denninger.

Lisa grew up in Vienna, Austria. WWII broke out when she was 16 years old, and Lisa recalled how difficult life was for people in Vienna at that time. Food was scarce. Her father and uncle were drafted into the Nazi military and sent to opposite fronts to fight the Allied forces. Her father was captured by the Russians and spent 10 years as a P.O.W.

Lisa went to Textile school studying art for transfer to fabrics for clothing, etc. During the war she had numerous occupations including manufacturing lampshades, and street car conductor. She used her art skills to draw the insides of torpedoes, sealing her career as an engineer. When the war was over she went to work for a utility company, first in Vienna, then in Switzerland as a drafting engineer. In 1960 she decided to transfer to Australia. On her way to her new life, she stopped over in Seattle to meet a friend of a friend named Harold Shilling. She never made it to Australia. She and Harold fell in love, married in 1960, and their daughter, Claire, was born in 1964. They moved to Vancouver in 1965 where Lisa found work with the Clark County P.U.D. After 7 years of marriage, Harold passed away. In 1971 Lisa met and fell in love with Norman Reisenauer. They were married in 1973. With her new marriage, Lisa gained a new daughter, Michealine. After only 9 years of marriage, she lost Norman in 1982. She retired from Clark County P.U.D. in 1985.

Lisa was a dedicated volunteer and servant to God and humanity. She helped at F.I.S.H., the Share House, American Red Cross, and with her church, Columbia Presbyterian. She also served as a Deacon at her church. She received a President's Silver Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service & Civic Participation and President George W. Bush.

In her spare time Lisa enjoyed painting, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She began her college education studying art and continued to love painting throughout her life. She also was an animal lover. She loved dogs and thought it was important to adopt rescue dogs. She always had a rescued companion dog, the last of which is her beloved Coco.

Lisa is survived by her children, Claire (Andrew) Woodyard and Michealine (Dale) Manor; grandchildren, Aaron, Rachael, Geoffrey, Lauren, Ryan and Amanda; 6 great grandchildren with one on the way; and sisters, Gertraude Wagrandel and Ingrid Höller. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Shilling and Norman Reisenauer; and brother, Johannes Denninger.

A memorial service for Lisa will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 17th at Columbia Presbyterian, 805 Columbia Ridge Drive, Vancouver 98664. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to F.I.S.H. or the American Red Cross.