Cover photo for Mildred "Millie" Nienaber's Obituary
Mildred "Millie" Nienaber Profile Photo

Mildred "Millie" Nienaber

February 5, 1939 — April 5, 2023

Freeport, Minnesota

Mildred "Millie" Nienaber

Mildred H. “Millie” Nienaber, age 84 of Freeport, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5 at the CentraCare Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Parish prayers will be held at 4 p.m. followed by the Christian Women and Catholic United Financial #101 at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Mildred Helen Heinen was born February 5, 1939 in Saint Anthony, Minnesota to Martin and Anna (Eiynck) Heinen. As a young woman, Millie worked at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. She was united in marriage to Richard Nienaber on April 19, 1961 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony. The couple settled on a farm near Freeport where Millie was a farmwife and homemaker. Millie always said that her favorite way to show love to her family was to cook for them, and she was an excellent cook and baker, especially when it came to her apple pies.

Millie began working at Melrose Area Schools as a cook and baker in 1987 and retired in 2017. One of Millie’s accomplishments that she was proud of was earning her GED in 2007, one week prior to her oldest grandchild’s graduation.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Christian Women, and Catholic United Financial. She was an active member of her faith community serving in many roles. Millie enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, walking and biking on the trail, reading, embroidering, and also enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Nienaber of Melrose; children, Kate Nienaber-Gapinski (Rick) of Cold Spring, Daniel (Cindy) Nienaber of Albany, Michael (Susan) Nienaber of Osakis, and Charles (Sheri) Nienaber of Freeport; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with two on the way; brothers and sisters, Delores (Bob) Weyer of Sauk Rapids, David (Margaret) Heinen of Sartell, Rosemary Nienaber of Burtrum, Vernon (Karen) Heinen of Albany, and Gerald (Ione) Heinen of Albany.

Millie was preceded in death by her parents; son, Clifford Nienaber; brothers and sisters, Anna, Norbert, Dorothy, Margaret, and Arnold.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart School in Freeport.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mildred "Millie" Nienaber, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Visitation

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm

Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services Melrose

418 Fifth Ave SE, Melrose, MN 56352

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Visitation

Thursday, April 13, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

106 3rd Ave NE, Freeport, MN 56331

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Starts at 11:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

106 3rd Ave NE, Freeport, MN 56331

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 2857

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree