Surrounded by three generations of family, Mildred Wainright Krantz, aged 93, died peacefully on September 18, 2019, at Covenant Nursing Home, where she was lovingly nursed for five years. Millie was born on January 10, 1926, the fourth child of Joseph Marcus Wainright and Clara Augusta Schroeder, now deceased. Before Anthony Krantz left for World War II, he asked Millie to be his wife, and they married, so Millie told it, “as soon as we could after he got home, got a job, and saved a little money.” “As soon as [they] could” turned out to be March 2, 1947. They made a good New Orleans life together, full of children, extended family, group meals, and joint holiday celebrations—punctuated with family vacations of swimming, fishing, crabbing, and shrimping at Millie’s brothers’ lake house.
Millie was a devoted member and volunteer at St. Paul Lutheran Church, as well as a dedicated member of the PTL at St. Paul Lutheran School, which all three of her daughters attended. She served in the women’s club and on the treasury committee, the church decorating committee and the annual garage sale fundraisers. She baked for cake sales and she sewed beautiful hand-smocked dresses for church auctions. In short, she lived her faith and for her church family. As a seamstress, Millie excelled beyond many professionals. She made Anthony’s sports jackets; she made costume after costume for her children and their friends for dancing school and spring festivals; she designed and sewed Mardi Gras costumes for entire groups; and she made just about every gown her daughters dreamed up for dances and weddings. After they retired, Millie continued to make costumes for her new hobby with Anthony—square dancing. They flutterwheeled and do-si-doed with a great group of friends who even took cruises together. But after losing everything in Katrina, Millie began to decline. She never felt sorry for herself, though, even as those losses—happening simultaneously with so many new experiences—became more and more bewildering to her. She fought hard against her encroaching dementia, but ultimately was trapped in a world no one can truly understand. Still, she was a trouper, surviving through every tragic act until it was time for her final exit.
She is survived by her three daughters—Deborah Pelias (Gus), Susan Krantz (Beth), and Lisa Stockstill (Jeff); her three granddaughters—Jeni Bellott (Chase); Jessi Butts (Codey); and Lexi Stockstill; and her great-grandson, Devin Laine Butts.
She also is survived by her brother, Joseph Wainright, and sisters-in-law Laura Wainright and Norma Wainright. Her other siblings predeceased her: brothers George and Frederick Wainright; sisters Amelia Casey and Bernice Fredricks.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM. Interment will immediately follow in St. Roch #2 Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Paul Church (2624 Burgundy, 70117) or Covenant Nursing Home (5919 Magazine, 70115).
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