Jeanne Dousman Vielbig, to whom a trail was dedicated on North Haven, where she lived for 45 years before moving to Peconic Landing in Greenport in 2004, died at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport on Aug. 17, just three weeks before her 98th birthday.
Ms. Vielbig was an active member of her community as a member of the Sag Harbor Historical Society, several trails associations, and a participant in local politics. The Jeanne D. Vielbig Loop Trail was named in her honor in recognition of her conservation efforts.
A gifted wordsmith, according to her family, she enjoyed crossword puzzles. She also was a gourmet cook whose recipes inspired a family cookbook. She taught Sunday school at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor, and served as a docent for the church’s historical committee.
Born on Sept. 11, 1913, in Kansas City, Mo., to Jeannette and Donald James Dousman, she was the eldest of three children. At the age of 16, she enrolled in the University of Kansas, from which she graduated. She was a lifelong learner, her family said, with an enduring enthusiasm for knowledge.
She was married to Leonard E. Vielbig, who died in 1984, after more than 50 years of marriage. For many years, Ms. Vielbig was the legal secretary for her husband’s law practice. She also worked for the Rockville Centre School District.
The couple raised three children, who survive: Patricia Hubbard of Cincinnati, Roger Vielbig of Yakima, Wash., and Peter Vielbig of Shelter Island. Ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. Vielbig “adored her family,” members said. She was nicknamed “the Snapper” because she had photographed every family event over some eight decades. “She leaves a legacy of thousands of unsorted photos which insures that her family will be kept busy well into the next decade,” a member of her family said.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations have been suggested to the Mashomack Preserve, c/o The Nature Conservancy, P.O. Box 850, Shelter Island 11964.