April 12, 2023 at 5:26 p.m.

Mildred H. Nienaber

Mildred H. Nienaber
Mildred H. Nienaber


Mildred H. “Millie” Nienaber, 84, of Freeport, passed away peacefully April 5, 2023, at CentraCare Care Center in Melrose.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.  Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and 10:30-11:30 a.m., April 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m. followed by the Christian Women and Catholic United Financial 101 at 6 p.m., April 12, at the funeral home.

Mildred Helen Heinen was born Feb. 5, 1939, in St. Anthony, 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 April 19, 1961, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony. The couple settled on a farm near Freeport where Millie was a farm wife and homemaker. Millie always said 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 volunteering for Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Nienaber of Melrose; children Kathleen 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; and brothers and sisters Anna, Norbert, Dorothy, Margaret and Arnold.

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

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Freeport.




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