Barbara Ann Wiese


Barb grew up in Highland Park, MI, the daughter of Dr. Clark and Frances Brian Piper. The Piper family often camped and fished with friends. Barbara would enjoy these activities the rest of her life.
At the University of Michigan, Barb earned degrees in Zoology (BS) and Fisheries (MS). There, she also met Robert Lee Wiese who shared her affinity for the outdoors. They married in 1950 and settled in Ashtabula, OH where Bob worked for Molded Fiber Glass.
To share their passion for the natural world with their children, Barb and Bob bought property in Pierpont, OH in 1961, where the family spent weekends and summers. They built lakes, and with friends, cleared trails, planted 30,000 trees and banded birds. They received distinctions for ODNR Wildlife Conservation and Woodlot Excellence. An advocate for land preservation and civic development, Barb was the first female Supervisor for the OH Soil & Water Conservation, served on the Buckeye Board of Education, Kent College Committee, and Ashtabula Foundation where she was instrumental in the Rails to Trails initiative. She championed for the protection of the N. Kingsville Sand Barrens and its rare species.
After Bob died in 1971, Barb planted U-Pick blueberries. Returning blueberry pickers were a highlight of her summer, in addition to wildflower walks, fossil hunts, seeing her grandchildren enjoy the outdoors and teaching them to fish. And chocolate.
Barb is survived by her: daughters Jo (Tim) Johnson, Ann Arbor, MI and Carol (Dan) Powers, Issaquah, WA; daughter-in-law: Karen (Tom) Wiese, Dallas, TX; 12 grandchildren and 4 great -grandchildren. She is predeceased in death by her parents, husband, brother Tom Piper, and sons: Jay and Tom Wiese.
Memorial gifting: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Attn Kate Zannoni, 
1 Wade Oval Dr., OH 44106. In the check memo, please write, "Natural Areas Stewardship Endowment." or GO Community Development Corp., PO Box 1173, Ashtabula, OH 44005.
Friends wishing to attend the July 5th Celebration of Life RSVP by June 20th for time & location: call/text (206) 963-0536 or email
Published on June 12, 2019
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Bill & Jo Hudson
Jun 14, 2019
We were neighbors of Barbara in Pierpont. She was a great lady and will definitely be missed. So sorry for your loss!
Jean Benson Thompson
Jun 13, 2019
My Dad Noel Benson was friends with the Barb and Bob and built their Cottage out there in Pierpont at the Lake. I can remember Swimming in the lake there with their children.. We went many times to pick Blueberries there too. Very Nice Family..