Mildred Bertha Nanneman, a longtime resident of Edgewood, passed away peacefully Oct. 10. If asked to describe herself, Mildred would probably laugh and say something along the lines of “independent as a hog on ice”. She was born Nov. 22, 1919, to Henry and Bertha Held—the first set of twins born in the Atchison, Kansas hospital. She grew up in Wien, Missouri, on her family’s farm, where she rode a retired racehorse to school. Mildred married her husband, Anthony (“Tone”) Nanneman in 1943, and relocated their family to New Mexico in 1955, a place whose essence fit her pioneer spirit. Her whole heart resided with her family. Her kitchen was always open to family and neighborhood children alike—and with her rhubarb jam, homemade bread, laughter and stories, was an offer that was rarely declined. Friendships, pets and plants were always nurtured in her presence. Mildred was known for her vivacious creative energy, whether she was working alongside her husband to build their small businesses or making jam and lamps to raise funds for service dog charities. We are eternally grateful for the beautiful lessons Mildred taught those around her about life and love. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, nine sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law. She is survived by her children, Tony Nanneman and partner Suzy of Camdenton, Mo., Karen Niemeier and husband Jack of Wien, Mo., Ivan Nanneman of Flora Vista, Kathy Chowning and husband Ralph of Edgewood, and Kay Wilks and husband Wayne of Edgewood, brother-in-law Alvin Nannemann of Kansas City, Mo., and grandchildren Christina Sanning, Paula Niemeier, Debra Fischer, Rebecca Collier, Valerie Chowning, Clayton Chowning, Amanda Wilks, Aspen Wilks and Sage Wilks, as well as many great-grandchildren. Mildred’s life was celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Moriarty with a Rosary Oct. 13 and Communion Service on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Tony Nanneman, Ivan Nanneman, Ralph Chowning, Clayton Chowning, Jack Niemeier and Aspen Wilks. The family invites friends to join for a reception afterwards at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mildred’s name to Paws and Stripes, P.O. Box 46253, Rio Rancho, NM 87174. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]