Nanette Bliss

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage resident, Nanette "Nan" Bliss, passed away on Friday (Dec. 28, 2019) surrounded by her soulmate and children.
Nan was born on May 13, 1948, in Bradford, Pa., to Arthur and Bobette Lechner. She graduated from Bradford High School and graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
In 1969, she traveled cross country to Alaska for a two-week vacation in a Volkswagen bus with her sister and her sister's family. Nan fell in love with Alaska and never left. She began working in the bank industry and before she knew it, she met her true love, James "Jim" Bliss. On July 4, 1982, vows were exchanged on a mountain top in the old mining camp of Ungalik. This Alaskan wedding was one of a kind - with bush planes, a Caterpillar tractor pulling a flatbed with the wedding party and guests, and lots of mosquitoes.
After 20 years as a talented bank officer, Nan became a devoted stay at home mom to her four beautiful children. Nan was very involved in her children's interests, particularly hockey. Her dedication to youth hockey created life-long family friends and impacted many young lives. She also enjoyed her morning crossword puzzles, arts/crafts, decorating cakes, and watching Wheel of Fortune…which family members all knew not to interrupt. More importantly, she adored every minute she had with her nine grandkids and two great-grandchildren.
Nan will always be remembered as a loving wife, a supportive mother, and a cherished "MEEMAW." Her unconditional love was felt by everyone she encountered. She was an amazing cook, just ask Jim. Nanette's uncanny ability to love and befriend so many people with her beautiful smile, sense of humor, generosity, and contagious excitement for life, will be missed by everyone who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents; and her two sisters, Vickie Reed and Flo Shields.
Nan is survived by her husband, James Sr.; her four children, Jamette (Chuck), James Jr. (Kelsie), Ashlee (Dennis), Patrick (Rica); nine grandkids; two great-grandchildren; her brother, Arthur (Christine); and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation was held Jan. 2 at the Heritage Chapel at Angelus Memorial Park, 440 E. Klatt Road, Anchorage. On Jan. 3, there was a visitation, followed by a funeral mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 2901 Huffman Rd, Anchorage. She was to be laid to rest afterwards at Angelus Memorial Park.
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Legacy Funeral Home-Heritage Chapel at Angelus
440 E. Klatt Road
Anchorage, AK 99515
907-336-3338
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Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 4 to Jan. 11, 2019