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Celebrating the life of
Anh Nguyen Reiss
August 16, 1967 - February 26, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm - Tuesday, March 01, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rite of Christian Burial
  • 9:30am - Wednesday, March 02, 2016
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church
  • 3617 Milam Street (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77002

Totally shocked when we saw this. We are so grateful that Dr. Reiss accepted my wife as a new patient 3 months before the birth our baby while others had turned us away. Dr. Reiss also saved my wife's life from hemorrhage during giving birth. She was the savior of our family. Dr. Reiss, may your belief lead you to eternal peace.

Nana Sun, Jaimie Zhang, & Zexuan Zhang , Houston, TX

Ahn's husband Josh was a dear friend of mine in New York City in the early 1990s. While I haven't been in touch with either Josh or Ahn for years, it is Ahn whom I have to thank for my wonderful husband and two children. It was Ahn - whom I knew not well and for only a short time - who arranged a blind date with me and my husband through her husband (then boyfriend) Josh. My now husband and I were skeptical and not very determined. She was hopeful and adamant. It was a match made in heaven. I have often thanked Ahn as I watched one of my children I love so much or spent time with my soulmate husband. A simple act of kindness. A determined mindset. A very special woman. As I have thanked her over the years, I thank her again and I pray for her and her beautiful family to have peace and love wherever they may be.

Trina Chiara Manganello , Avon, CT

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE RIESS FAMILY..DOCTOR RIESS WILL BE TRULY MISSED SHE DILEVERED BOTH MY KIDS SAMANTHA RUIZ WHO IS NOW 13 YRS OLD AND SON MARCOS RUIZ JR WHO IS NOW 11 YRS OLD,.DOCTOR RIESS WAS A VERY NICE PERSON SHE DID HER BEST AT EVERYTHANG SHE HELPED ALOT ...RIP DOC.RIESS..

RUIZ FAMILY, HOUSTON, TX

I will never forget Dr. Reiss.

Christine Hoang, Houston, TX

Dr. Reiss was an "Angel" and she will always be a dear friend. There is no other doctor like you. The kindness, love and caring attitude is something I will always remember. Now you are in Heaven's Home sharing the love. I will miss you.

Jackquelyn Delaney, Houston, Tx

I'm so sorry to hear about Anh's passing. She and I were best friends in high school. We only saw each other a couple times since then, but she was thought of often. I wish I had learned about her passing early enough to permit me to attend the funeral. Rest in peace Anh.

David Roberts, Hillsdale, MI

She was my surgeon a few years ago . I had complete confidence in her medical expertise, and also enjoyed talking with her about her registry efforts on behalf of the Vietnamese community. What an accomplished lady ! I was blessed to know her and greatly saddened by her death. Dr. Reiss, rest in peace among the angels. Love, Marilyn.

Marilyn Mathison, Houston, ., Tx.

May you forever rest in peace Dr. Reiss! I will never forget our talks and the laughs we shared over the years. I was truly blessed to be one of her patients. My thoughts and prayers to her family whom she loved and spoke so highly of.

Carlette Collins, Missouri City, TX

Though I never had the chance to meet Anh Reiss, I have the pleasure of knowing the AMAZING daughter she raised. Alex's loving, intelligent, and kind nature is surely a reflection of Anh's spirit and thoughtfulness as a mother. Sending love to your entire family, Alex!

Agee Taylor , New York, NY

I'm deeply so sorry for your loss. Doctor Reiss has always been my favorite doctor for 13 years. She had delivered both my sons who are now 11 and 13 years old. She was the modest and most down to earth doctor I have ever known. She will always live in our family memory. Now may her spirit be with our father in heaven.

Thy Phuong Nguyen, Houston , Tx

I met Dr. Anh Reiss over 10 years ago, when she came to the Memorial Hermann Wellness Center to workout. I started as her fitness trainer, but we became great friends. She was always so full of energy! Even after a long day at work, she never slacked during a workout. She help plot my engagement to my wife, and gave birth to our son two years ago. We're so blessed you came into our lives. We love you, and we re going to miss you!

Danny, Tram and Donovan Vanaphan, Houston, TX

Alex, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a lovely lady who truly loved her family. My prayers are with you and your family.

Debrah Magee , Houston , Tx

Dr. Reiss was a beautiful fiery classy lady! She and I sent many day in deliveries talking about many things. During one of those conversations we realized that we both were born on August 16th. She was born one year before me. Both heart is aching from the news of her passing. She was a jewel. Her family can be proud! God bless her family!

Forshona Arceneaux-Moore , Spring , Tx

Dr. Reiss was a beautiful fiery classy lady! She and I sent many day in deliveries talking about many things. During one of those conversations we realized that we both were born on August 16th. She was born one year before me. Both heart is aching from the news of her passing. She was a jewel. Her family can be proud! God bless her family!

Forshona Arceneaux-Moore , Spring , Tx

Sending our heartfelt condolences from Alex's work family at Fifth Dining. Everyone has been saddened by the news of the loss of Anh. We know this has been a difficult time for your family. We hope there is consolation in honoring her life and being surrounded by people who love you.

Cathy Green, Old Greenwich, CT

Alex, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious mother. She fought so valiantly for seven years. I am sure that so much of her strength and courage came from her love for her children. Never forget Alex, how brave and strong she was under such adversity. The DeLuca family wishes to express our deepest condolences to your family.

Elizabeth DeLuca, Houston, TX

Anh Reiss, 48, remained a doctor in her final moments. She self-evaluated her heart rate as she lied in a hospital bed at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she died early Friday, February 26, after a nearly seven-year long fight with a blood cancer.
It’s fitting that the mother of two would do so. She was a tireless worker in every facet of her life. She liked to roll up her sleeves and show the muscles she’d built by weightlifting. An OB/GYN who helped bring thousands of children into the world, she’d describe her deliveries down to the number of ounces a baby weighed.
Her husband, Joshua Reiss, and children, Alexandra, 24, and Aaron, 20, will remember her as a caring wife and mother who reveled as much in her own happiness — she loved learning new cooking techniques from the internet and reading books about anthropology and history — as she did the happiness of those around her.
Anh was born in South Vietnam. When she was a young girl growing up devoutly Catholic, her parents sent her to temporarily live with a group of nuns to see if she could one day become one. The nuns soon sent her home for being too loud.
Anh came to the United States with her family in 1975, as refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. While in a refugee neighborhood outside of New Orleans, she learned English in part by watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and she sold food to neighbors to help support her family. By the time she was a teenager, she often took care of her siblings while her parents were at work. She also excelled in the classroom. She was salutatorian of North Shore High School.
In 1989, she graduated with a degree in economics from Rice University, where she met Josh. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college. Anh earned an M.D. degree cum laude from the State University of New York at Brooklyn and served her medical residency at New York University. After residency, Anh established her medical practice at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Southwest.
When Anh learned in 2009 that she had myleodysplastic syndrome, a pre-leukemic condition that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant, she became a public face for the issue. Vietnamese people are some of the least-represented on the national registry. With a team tireless volunteers, Anh and her family helped more than double the number of registered Vietnamese bone marrow donors. Multiple patients found matches in people who Anh and her team registered.
Anh told her children she worked as hard as she did so that they could have more opportunities than she did growing up. Anh, Josh, Alexandra and Aaron traveled the world. They explored Vietnam and Cambodia, Italy and Istanbul. Her most recent trip was to Greece, as place she’d wanted to go to for years.
In addition to her husband and children, Anh is survived by both of her parents, Kinh and Son Nguyen; siblings Phuong, Hiep, Duong, John and Peter; and a near countless number of nieces, nephews, friends and patients whose lives she touched.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston. The funeral service will be held at half past nine o’clock in the morning Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam Street in Houston.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, Anh’s family asks people to donate to the Be The Match Foundation.

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Totally shocked when we saw this. We are so grateful that Dr. Reiss accepted my wife as a new patient 3 months before the birth our baby while others had turned us away. Dr. Reiss also saved my wife's life from hemorrhage during giving birth. She was the savior of our family. Dr. Reiss, may your belief lead you to eternal peace.

Nana Sun, Jaimie Zhang, & Zexuan Zhang , Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Nana Sun — Texas

Ahn's husband Josh was a dear friend of mine in New York City in the early 1990s. While I haven't been in touch with either Josh or Ahn for years, it is Ahn whom I have to thank for my wonderful husband and two children. It was Ahn - whom I knew not well and for only a short time - who arranged a blind date with me and my husband through her husband (then boyfriend) Josh. My now husband and I were skeptical and not very determined. She was hopeful and adamant. It was a match made in heaven. I have often thanked Ahn as I watched one of my children I love so much or spent time with my soulmate husband. A simple act of kindness. A determined mindset. A very special woman. As I have thanked her over the years, I thank her again and I pray for her and her beautiful family to have peace and love wherever they may be.

Trina Chiara Manganello , Avon, CT

Candle tribute lit by Vanessa Lopez — Texas

Candle tribute lit by MARICRUZ QUINONES — Texas

MY CONDOLENCES TO THE RIESS FAMILY..DOCTOR RIESS WILL BE TRULY MISSED SHE DILEVERED BOTH MY KIDS SAMANTHA RUIZ WHO IS NOW 13 YRS OLD AND SON MARCOS RUIZ JR WHO IS NOW 11 YRS OLD,.DOCTOR RIESS WAS A VERY NICE PERSON SHE DID HER BEST AT EVERYTHANG SHE HELPED ALOT ...RIP DOC.RIESS..

RUIZ FAMILY, HOUSTON, TX

Candle tribute lit by Alice — Texas

I will never forget Dr. Reiss.

Christine Hoang, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Christine Hoang — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Sulma Reyes — Texas

Dr. Reiss was an "Angel" and she will always be a dear friend. There is no other doctor like you. The kindness, love and caring attitude is something I will always remember. Now you are in Heaven's Home sharing the love. I will miss you.

Jackquelyn Delaney, Houston, Tx

I'm so sorry to hear about Anh's passing. She and I were best friends in high school. We only saw each other a couple times since then, but she was thought of often. I wish I had learned about her passing early enough to permit me to attend the funeral. Rest in peace Anh.

David Roberts, Hillsdale, MI

Candle tribute lit by Lois Carter — Texas

She was my surgeon a few years ago . I had complete confidence in her medical expertise, and also enjoyed talking with her about her registry efforts on behalf of the Vietnamese community. What an accomplished lady ! I was blessed to know her and greatly saddened by her death. Dr. Reiss, rest in peace among the angels. Love, Marilyn.

Marilyn Mathison, Houston, ., Tx.

May you forever rest in peace Dr. Reiss! I will never forget our talks and the laughs we shared over the years. I was truly blessed to be one of her patients. My thoughts and prayers to her family whom she loved and spoke so highly of.

Carlette Collins, Missouri City, TX

Candle tribute lit by C. Collins — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Lily Zacharias — Illinois

Candle tribute lit by Maria Dabreu — New York

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Candle tribute lit by The Moss Family - Justin & Blake — Texas

Though I never had the chance to meet Anh Reiss, I have the pleasure of knowing the AMAZING daughter she raised. Alex's loving, intelligent, and kind nature is surely a reflection of Anh's spirit and thoughtfulness as a mother. Sending love to your entire family, Alex!

Agee Taylor , New York, NY

I'm deeply so sorry for your loss. Doctor Reiss has always been my favorite doctor for 13 years. She had delivered both my sons who are now 11 and 13 years old. She was the modest and most down to earth doctor I have ever known. She will always live in our family memory. Now may her spirit be with our father in heaven.

Thy Phuong Nguyen, Houston , Tx

Candle tribute lit by Thy Phuong Nguyen — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Georgina — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Family Place — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Rosie — Texas

I met Dr. Anh Reiss over 10 years ago, when she came to the Memorial Hermann Wellness Center to workout. I started as her fitness trainer, but we became great friends. She was always so full of energy! Even after a long day at work, she never slacked during a workout. She help plot my engagement to my wife, and gave birth to our son two years ago. We're so blessed you came into our lives. We love you, and we re going to miss you!

Danny, Tram and Donovan Vanaphan, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by David and Michelle Gershenson — Texas

Alex, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a lovely lady who truly loved her family. My prayers are with you and your family.

Debrah Magee , Houston , Tx

Dr. Reiss was a beautiful fiery classy lady! She and I sent many day in deliveries talking about many things. During one of those conversations we realized that we both were born on August 16th. She was born one year before me. Both heart is aching from the news of her passing. She was a jewel. Her family can be proud! God bless her family!

Forshona Arceneaux-Moore , Spring , Tx

Dr. Reiss was a beautiful fiery classy lady! She and I sent many day in deliveries talking about many things. During one of those conversations we realized that we both were born on August 16th. She was born one year before me. Both heart is aching from the news of her passing. She was a jewel. Her family can be proud! God bless her family!

Forshona Arceneaux-Moore , Spring , Tx

Sending our heartfelt condolences from Alex's work family at Fifth Dining. Everyone has been saddened by the news of the loss of Anh. We know this has been a difficult time for your family. We hope there is consolation in honoring her life and being surrounded by people who love you.

Cathy Green, Old Greenwich, CT

Alex, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious mother. She fought so valiantly for seven years. I am sure that so much of her strength and courage came from her love for her children. Never forget Alex, how brave and strong she was under such adversity. The DeLuca family wishes to express our deepest condolences to your family.

Elizabeth DeLuca, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Sherry Kane — Texas


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