Mildred Laverne Nisco|
Mildred (Millie) Laverne Nisco died June 1, 2014, peacefully, with her loved ones around her at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. Millie was an incredibly loving, resilient, smart and faithful individual. Millie lived her long life with grace, strength and devotion to her family. She loved God, cooking and baking, looking out for others, sports, especially tennis, and lifelong learning.
Millie was born on July 12, 1925, in Washington, Nebraska, to Earl Leslie Reeh and Theodora (Teddy) Roosevelt Finch. Her family moved to Fort Calhoun, Nebraska when she was young and she had a happy and simple life playing in the park, sharing the family pair of roller skates with her five siblings and engaging in the chores associated with growing up on a farm. The family was blessed to be able to live off their land during the Great Depression. Millie loved to cook and bake with her mother from the time she was very young and would make meals from the family garden and livestock.
Millie had an adventurous spirit and had the urge to go west; she did so shortly after she completed high school at age 16. She moved to Caldwell, Idaho to help her maternal grandmother take care of her ill grandfather and then moved to Seattle to spend time with her Aunts, Ramona and Polly.
She began working at the Sand Point Naval Air Station and met her husband Nicholas Nisco who had served in WWII and received the Purple Heart after being shot down in the Pacific.
Millie later obtained a certificate in bookkeeping after attending business school and worked for a Seattle Engineering Company, Kipper and Sons, until she retired.
Her family always knew they could bring friends and other students home during holiday seasons, especially those far away from home; everyone loved her generosity, great cooking, laughter and stories. Tenacious in her love and desire to be there for her family and for others, Millie shared the gift of her cooking and baking with many including the Sisters of Sacred Heart and Holy Names Academy, whom she affectionately called "The Nuns".
Millie is survived by her children Kristine Carol Simmons, Kimberly Teresa Brown (William), Kerry Francesca Lukjanowicz (John), Nicholas Joseph Nisco (Susie), Neil Samuel Nisco, grandchildren Christy, Derek, Samantha, Andrew and Lauren. Her living siblings, Marilyn and Warren, currently reside in Blair, Nebraska. Her children and family rejoice in her long and full life; she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 732 18th Avenue East, Seattle WA on Saturday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.-Ontario Province, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036.
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Published in The Seattle Times on June 15, 2014