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Vera Lorraine Plasters

May 18, 1919 - March 11, 2017

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Vera Lorraine Plasters of Greeley, CO, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was born on May 18, 1919 in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota to Gustave and Helen (Lange) Schwieger.

In 1945, Vera was an adventurous young woman and a recent graduate from nursing school. She crossed the country by train and hitchhiked from Minnesota, where she was born and raised, to California, then back to Colorado. She found a job in Burns, Colorado caring for a ranch owner's children. One day, while learning to ride a horse, she fell off and was picked...

Vera Lorraine Plasters of Greeley, CO, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. She was born on May 18, 1919 in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota to Gustave and Helen (Lange) Schwieger.

In 1945, Vera was an adventurous young woman and a recent graduate from nursing school. She crossed the country by train and hitchhiked from Minnesota, where she was born and raised, to California, then back to Colorado. She found a job in Burns, Colorado caring for a ranch owner's children. One day, while learning to ride a horse, she fell off and was picked up by a strong ranch foreman, William Plasters, who was immediately smitten by Vera. Vera was not quite ready to settle down and so she left William to travel to Wyoming. Undeterred, William followed Vera to again ask for her hand in marriage. Vera agreed, and she started her married life with William in Eagle, Colorado. She gave birth to her first son Paul, and then to her only daughter, Jana. But Vera missed Minnesota and encouraged William to move the family there and give it a try. Two more sons, Steven and David were born in Minnesota. Soon after, the family returned to the west again, first Wyoming where her youngest son, Mark was born, and finally back to the Brighton/Henderson area of Colorado. She enrolled all of her five children in the Zion Lutheran School and was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton until William's passing in 1977. Vera devoted herself to raising her children. Eventually, she returned to nursing as a registered nurse for several more years. Vera also took great pride in her garden, canning, and raising chickens and bees. Vera died at her home in Greeley at the age of 97.

Vera is survived by her daughter, Jana Plasters; sons, Paul Plasters and Mark Plasters; sister, Ruth Schwieger; brother, William Schwieger, grandchildren, Jason Plasters, Shanda Kos, Bronwyn Pollock, Stephanie Plasters, Carrie Plasters, Janelle Plasters, Breann Plasters, Lea Plasters Naccarato, and Cara Sims and eleven great grandchildren, Morgan, Juliette, Bridget, Hayden, Michael, Deklan, Wyatt, Weston, Mary Kate, Ivy, and Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Plasters, sons Steven Plasters and David Plasters, parents Helen and Gustave Schwieger, sister Mildred Winch, brother Lloyd Schwieger, and great granddaughters Madeline and Julia Berg.