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Meredith “Merry” Anne Nessinger

Published June 21,2021

Obituary's Biography:

Meredith “Merry” Anne Nessinger March 18, 1935 – June 17, 2021
Mom always said she wanted to live to be 100 so she could be around to watch her grandchildren and
great grandchildren grow up and to torment her children. Unfortunately, mom, 86, passed away
peacefully at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea on Thursday, June 17 shortly after midnight. Mom was
surrounded by her loving sons Milton and Michael and daughter Marcia. Merry was born in Chicago IL
and lived in the Grayslake, IL area until July 1985. In July 1985 Merry and her husband Joe relocated to
the Phoenix area.
Merry was a young 86 years of age and had a zest for life. She loved to spend time with her children,
grandchildren and great grandchild. She loved our annual vacations to either Disneyland, CA, San Diego,
Chicago, or Walt Disney World, FL. She loved to read you could always catch her sitting somewhere
reading a book or newspaper (like reading the USA Today newspaper while at Disneyland, CA). She loved
to sew, her most recent sewing craft that she loved to do was quilting in which she had created quilts for
her grandchildren, family friends, and great grandchild and her great grandchild’s American Girl Dolls. She
also spent countless hours on the golf course coaching her husband in blind golf.
Prior to moving to Phoenix, Merry taught US history at both East and West High School and at Thomas
Jefferson Jr High in Waukegan, IL for 16 years. After relocating to Phoenix Merry worked at AZ Veterans,
middle school history at St. Agnes Catholic School, and retired in 2007 after working 16+ years as a Probate
Court Investigator for Maricopa County.
Merry was preceded in death by her parents (Margaret and Milton), husband (Joseph) and step daughter
(Cathy Mae). She is survived by her four children Margaret, Milton (Randi), Michael and Marcia and step
son Joe Jr. Merry has five grandchildren (Amanda, Michael, Tabitha, Libby, Heather) and one great
grandchild (Elizabeth).
Visitation will be held at Hansen Desert Hills on Tuesday, June 22 from 5pm to 7pm. 6500 E Bell Rd,
Scottsdale AZ 85254. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, June 23 at 2PM at Mater Misericordia Catholic Church,
1537 West Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Merry will be laid to rest next to the love of her life her husband
at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville IL on Saturday June 26 at 10am

One reply on “Meredith “Merry” Anne Nessinger”

  1. I had Mrs. Nessinger for history at Waukegan East High School (graduated in 1979)! . She was a tough, no-nonsense teacher, who really knew her stuff! She was amazing! While she took no guff from anyone, she made leaning history fun, had a great sense of humor, and was definitely, one of my favorite teachers of high school! To the Nessinger family, So very sorry for your loss! She was truly one of a kind! You’re family is in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless!

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