VERA A. (BOHLING) PLAGER
Vera A. (Bohling) Plager, daughter of John and Mary (Rogge) Bohling was born August 11, 1928 at Auburn, Nebraska. She was third of five children born to this union. She was baptized September 1, 1928 and confirmed March 29, 1942 at St. Paul Lutheran (Hickory Grove) Church. Her confirmation verse was Acts 4:12: And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mortals by which we must be saved. She graduated from Auburn High School in 1945. She attended Peru State College and received her teaching certificate and taught in country schools near Tecumseh, Auburn and Humboldt, Nebraska for five years.
Vera was united in marriage to Richard N. Plager at St. Paul Lutheran (Hickory Grove) Church on June 1, 1950. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Gene and Susan, and would last nearly 70 years.
She was a 70 - year member of St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church where she taught Sunday School and often sang in the choir. Vera especially enjoyed quilting with the ladies of the church. She was fond of gardening and flowers, and tended to their large acreage for many years. She loved to cook and bake and was known for her dinner rolls, pies and Thanksgiving dressing.
Vera loved her family and friends, and many of her greatest pleasures were centered around family activities. She also loved to travel and enjoyed ballroom dancing with Rich.
She passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020 after a brief stay at the Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt, Nebraska at the age of 91 years.
Vera is survived by her husband Richard of Humboldt, daughter, Susan Klanecky and husband Bryan of Lincoln, daughter-in-law, Pam Plager of Table Rock, grandchildren, Lesley Slaymaker, Lisa Stevens and husband John, Joel Kerner, Russell Plager and wife Tiffany and Adam Klanecky, great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Evan Slaymaker, Tyler Stevens and Thomas, Nolan and Jenna Plager, sisters, Wilma Geyer of Humboldt and Marlene Alberts and husband Eiber of Auburn, sisters-in-law, Carla Plager of Tecumseh and Lois Ann Bartels and husband Eldon of Elk Creek, brother-in-law Evert Boeck of Smith Center, KS, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Gene Lee Plager, great-granddaughter, Kayla Stevens, brother Vern Bohling and wife Carol and sister Berniece Boeck and brothers-in-law Harlan Plager and Mervin Geyer.
Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2020 at the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Cemetery, rural Humboldt, Nebraska with Pastors Eric and Amalia Spruth-Janssen officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons, Joel Kerner, Russell Plager, Adam Klanecky and John Stevens. Honorary pallbearers were nephews, Gale Bohling, Lynn Geyer, Tim Alberts, John Bohling, Kirk Bartels, Mike Bartels, Lynn Bartels and Greg Plager. Vocalist, Isaiah Spruth-Janssen sang “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was in the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Cemetery, rural Humboldt, Nebraska. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Services were entrusted to Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh, Nebraska.