May 30, 1932 — May 29, 2017
Faith Alene Nannetti, the heartbeat and matriarch of her family, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, in Peoria, Arizona. She was 84.
Warmth, compassion and kindness radiated throughout her being from her first breath to her last. She was born to Hazel Sherman and Robert Koehn on May 30, 1932, in Milwaukee. Faith grew up as "Sissy" to one brother, Robert (Bobby) Koehn Jr., a stepsister, June Borisch, nee Beyer, and a stepbrother, Walter (Sonny) Beyer Jr. Her stepparents were Walter Beyer and Irene Koehn.
Fate took Faith to Milwaukee State Teachers College, where she met her husband, Peter Nannetti. The two first crossed paths when a love-struck Peter popped one of Faith’s birthday balloons in a foolhardy attempt to garner her attention. The gradeschool tactic paid off as Faith eventually agreed to a date with her brash suitor. They married in 1952 and remained in wedded bliss for 63 years.
Peter and Faith lived in West Bend for 40 years from 1952-1992, building their lives together on the foundation of family, God, and community.
Faith was a homemaker whose joy derived from making others happy. She could be spotted in the front row of her children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities, on the golf course, at the bowling alley, playing bridge— wherever she could go to be social. Faith loved parties because she was often the life of the party. She drank, sang, danced, drank some more and brought out the best in those who were fortunate enough to be caught in her jubilant gravitational pull.
In her twilight, Faith moved to Arizona, where she helped raise many of her grandchildren. She hosted holidays, birthdays, anniversaries— any excuse to gather and cook for her loved ones. She took many of her children’s friends under her wing as a surrogate mother. Everyone was welcome with Faith. She had a way of making people feel special, important and worthy of love.
Faith, ever the explorer, loved to travel. Of her many adventures, she most fondly spoke of trips to wine country, her 75th birthday cruise to Mexico and, of course, her husband’s native Italy. Wherever she’d go on her travels, Faith remained the same, quick-witted, sharp and outgoing person who endeared so many to her.
Faith is survived by her five children, Christine (Shaun) Weaver of Glendale, Arizona, Thomas of Scottsdale, Arizona, Cindi (Chaz) LeMay of Glendale, Arizona, Rick (Kaye) of West Bend and Terri (Brian) Josten of San Diego. Her grandchildren include Brian, Victoria, Brandon, Leslie, Ryan, Kyle, Tyler, Alex, John, Haley and Jack. Her great-grandchildren are Dean and Layne.
Peter had many catchphrases about his wife, but the most famous was that the family should always, "Keep the Faith." For anyone who knew Faith Nannetti that will never be a problem— even now that she’s gone.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Sun City, Arizona. The celebration of Faith’s life is open to all. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Childhelp atwww.childhelp.org/donate or 4350 E Camelback Ave, F250, Phoenix, AZ 85018.