Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Nina Struthers Bremer


Nina Struthers Bremer died on Monday, April 20, 2009, in Bethesda, Md., where she had lived since 2003. She died peacefully in the arms of her eldest son, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III.

Nina Bremer was born in Rye, N.Y., in 1918, to Mr. and Mrs. William Wood Struthers. She was known for her spunk and sense of fun. In 1939, while on spring break in Vero Beach, Fla., she caught the eye of a young school teacher. As a prank, without introducing himself, he sent his students over to Nina to propose marriage on his behalf. Not to be outdone, she accepted. She and L. Paul Bremer Jr. were married the following Thanksgiving, eventually settling in New Canaan, Conn., where they raised five children.

For 25 straight years, Nina spent her Christmas and interim vacations in Ketchum, visiting her daughter Meg Nero, her husband, Bob, and their three kids, Katherine Struthers Nero, William Paul Nero and Michael Crowley Nero. She loved this area, particularly Redfish Lake, the ice shows, sleigh rides out to Trail Creek Cabin, skiing, golfing at Warm Springs, attending the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood and visiting with Meg's friends.

Nina was predeceased by her husband, L. Paul Bremer Jr., and is survived by sons L. Paul (Jerry) Bremer III of Chevy Chase, Md., Duncan Struthers Bremer of Monument, Colo., and Michael Bremer of Lynchburg, Virg., and by daughters Lyn Bremer Chivvis of New Canaan, Conn., and Margaret (Meg) Bremer Nero of Ketchum, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at St. Marks Church in New Canaan, Conn., on April 30. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.




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