Marianne von Weizsäcker

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The President and his wife, 1987

Marianne Viktoria Armgard Helene Doria Freifrau von Weizsäcker, née von Kretschmann (born 17 May 1932 in Essen) is the widow of Richard von Weizsäcker, the President of West Germany and reunited Germany from 1984 to 1994.

Her mother Asta was the adopted daughter of prominent banker and industrialist Fritz von Waldthausen. Marianne and Richard von Weizsäcker were married from 1953 until his death on 31 January 2015. They have four children, including Robert K. von Weizsäcker, Professor of Economics.

Her husband served as Governing Mayor of Berlin (West Berlin) from 1981 to 1984, when he was elected President. He was reelected for a second term in 1989. During her husband's tenure, Marianne von Weizsäcker was the patron of several charitable organisations, including the Müttergenesungswerk.

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