OLMSTED FALLS — Mildred Mae Nothem, age 91, formerly of Ashtabula, was born into eternal life on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Village of the Falls surrounded by the love of her family.
The daughter of Charles Oliver and Julia (Phillips) Strayer, she was born on May 29, 1922, in Fairfield Township, Pa. Mildred graduated from Meadville High School in 1940 and began her secondary studies at Meadville Nursing School at the Meadville City Hospital graduating in 1944. She then went on to graduate studies at the Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, Pa., receiving her degree in 1945. Her course of study was Operating Room Technique and Management. During this time she also had joined the United States Nurse Cadet Corps, during WWII.
Mildred was a pioneer in the field of nursing; she was the consummate nurse. Her compassion for her fellow man, her skills, and her knowledge made her a role model and mentor for her four children, nieces, and granddaughter in their nursing careers. She left her family with a love for nursing,
On Feb. 10, 1945, she married Melvin Nothem and together they celebrated thirty three years of love and commitment prior to his death on March 3, 1978.
Mildred was a woman of many talents; from caring for animals and giving them a forever home; to dancing and listening to music of all types. From swing, to country and the high school bands in which her grandchildren marched, she loved it all. Mildred was young at heart and being young allowed her travel all over the world visiting friends and family. At the young age of seventy-one, she went parasailing with her children and grandchildren. She was a woman of great courage and conviction. She believed in the Cleveland Browns.
Mildred will be remembered for her gentle touch when caring for her patients, her adventurous spirit, and her love of family. The way that she supported, nurtured, and encouraged her family in all of their endeavors has left a lasting legacy.
She is survived by her loving children, Susanne (Fred) Campisano of Cincinnati, Ohio, Diane Coleman of Erie, Pa., Michael (Missy) Nothem of Lewisburg, W.Va. and Patricia (Epifanio) Macatangay of Strongsville, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, Lori (Ayman Al-Banna) Coleman-Al-Banna, Michelle (Dustin) Nunley, Kelli French, Gino (Cristina) Campisano, Robert (Danielle Duchini) Coleman, Christopher (Erin) Nothem, Melanie Nothem, Patrick Macatangay, Erin Macatangay and Lauren Macatangay, and Nathaniel and Katherine Harris; 13 great-grandchildren, Zoe, Mya, and Ema Nunley, Sierra, Payson and Diego Campisano, Khalid, Zein and Tarek Al-Banna, Jonah and Elliot French, and Mallory and Greta Nothem; many loving nieces and nephews; and her number one fan and supporter, Ellen Tomasek.
She was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter, Avery Nothem; her husband, Melvin Nothem; her brother, Henry Strayer; and her parents, Charles Oliver and Julia Strayer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25th, at Our Lady of Peace Parish (St. Joseph Worship Site), 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio, with the Rev. Ernesto Rodriguez presiding. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville, Ohio.
Calling Hours will be observed from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24th, at ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula.
If desired, contributions in Mildred’s name may be made to Village of the Falls Activity Fund, 25920 Elm St., Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138 or to Harbor Light Hospice, 734-C Alpha Drive, Highland Heights, Ohio 44143.
Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.