THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Virginia Ellsworth Plier
Virginia Ellsworth Plier, widow of the late attorney James H. Plier of Oconto for 50 years, died peacefully on Jan. 24, 2013. Born in Wauwatosa, on March 30, 1919, daughter of Fergus R. and Ninabelle Lucas Ellsworth and sister of Ruth Meyer and Marjory Weber, she attended Wauwatosa High School, Carroll College and the University of Wisconsin.
Survivors include her children, Attorney Donald James (Julie) Plier, Poynette; Attorney Douglas William (Elizabeth) Plier, Horicon, Deborah (Robert) Tenner, Eden Prairie, Minn.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
During her years in Oconto, she was an active community leader in Girl Scouts, American Field Service student exchange program, Oconto Woman's Club, Eastern Star, Rebekahs and the Presbyterian Church. She served the programs at all levels, locally, and went on to provide guidance in their hierarchy and on their boards at district and State levels for over 20 years. Following a move to the Lakewood area, she was chairman of the building committee of the new Presbyterian Church there in 1990.
She was a talented athlete who excelled in horsemanship, swimming, competitive diving and trick water skiing. She practiced both downhill and cross-country snow skiing and played golf in Florida and Wisconsin. An accomplished hunter of birds and big game, she also enjoyed fishing, especially the 20 trips she and her husband took to Alaska. Other travels took her to the East Coast, Texas, California and Europe. A lifelong seamstress, she made beautiful pinch-pleat draperies for her homes and would design her own patterns for the formal gowns she created. Other hobbies included playing the organ, miniature building and caring for the pet cats and dogs she so enjoyed.
Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Oconto, on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. Visitation starts at 10 a.m. with a church luncheon after the services. There will be a private family gathering at the cemetery.
Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church of Oconto or First Presbyterian Church of Lakewood.