Obituary of Mildred N. Wiseman
Mildred N. "Milli" Wiseman
Retired Music Teacher & Flutist
Mildred N. ''Milli'' Wiseman, 94, of Niagara Falls, NY passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 at Mount St. Mary's Hospital. Born in Hamilton, NY on January 27, 1925 she was the daughter of the late Professor Berdette Kibbe Northrop and the late Mary Etta (Thatcher) Northrop. At the age of 4, her family moved to Ithaca, NY where she attended school, graduating in 1942 from Ithaca High School.
Mildred attended 6 colleges. During summers in high school, she studied flute, band and theory at Ithaca College. Her freshman year was at Cornell University, sophomore year was University of Michigan and received her Bachelors in music in 1946 from the Eastman School of Music. She began working on her master's degree in 1947.
She taught instrumental and vocal music in Butler and Cliffside Park, NJ until 1951. Leaving teaching to work for National Airlines and Mohawk as ticketing and reservation agent in NY City. She transferred to the joint Air/Military office at Sampson Air Force Base. It was there when she met "Fritz", her husband 2nd Lieutenant Rollin Lamont Wiseman. They were married at Cornell University in September of 1954.
Fritz and Milli moved to NF, NY in 1955, where she began teaching instrumental (band & orchestra) and vocal music in local area schools until her retirement in 1983. Some of the school districts she worked for as a teacher and a substitute were, Niagara Falls, Niagara Wheatfield, North Tonawanda, Lewport, Grand Island, Sweethome and Tonawanda.
As a flutist, she was active in the Niagara Falls Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Catherine's Symphony, NF Concert Band, Fred Willett Concert band, Queenston Heights band, Sikora band in N. Ton, Amherst Community band and most recently the Buffalo/Niagara Concert band. For many years she enjoyed the NF Woodwind Quintet and the Trillseekers an all flute group. She also enjoyed playing for many shows in both the U.S. and Canada and performing in a musical group called "Corde Voce". Mildred taught flute privately and had many students who finished in 1st place in competitions.
Her other enjoyments after her retirement included dance roller skating, volunteering at the Woodbox Theatre, Niagara Little Theatre, Niagara Visitor Information Ctr., renovating the NACC center and summers at Artpark. Her greatest delight was loving and caring for her grandchildren and their friends.
She is survived by her children, Stephen L. Wiseman of Niagara Falls, NY Lori Carol Welsh of Las Vegas and Xvonne Mari Murphy of Niagara Falls, NY; grandchildren, Audrey Jean Welsh, Derek Osborne, Brian Amir, Christopher R. Wiseman, Anthony J. Wiseman, Thomas L. Murphy Jr. and Tye J. Murphy; great-grandchildren, Tyler Marie Lackey and William Lackey. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband Fritz she was predeceased by her sister, Geraldine Grace Northrop-Jones.
There is NO PRIOR visitation. Funeral Services & Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY., will take place at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC.
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