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Virginia Ellsworth Plier

Plier, Virginia Ellsworth

Virginia Ellsworth Plier died peacefully on January 24, 2013. She was the widow of James H. Plier, practicing attorney in Oconto, Wis. for 50 years. Virginia was 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. She is survived by her children, Attorney Donald James (Julie) Plier, Poynette, Wis.; Attorney Douglas William (Elizabeth) Plier, Horicon, Wis.; Deborah (Robert) Tenner, Eden Prairie, Minn.; grandchildren, Emily (Shamus) Samborn and Attorney Anne Tenner, Barbara Little and Russell Little, and great-grandchild, Wesley Robert Samborn.

During her years in Oconto, Mrs. Plier was an active community leader in Girl Scouts, American Field Service student exchange program, Oconto Women's Clubs, Eastern Star, Rebekas and the Presbyterian Church. She served these programs at all levels, locally, and went on to provide guidance in their hierarchy and on their boards at district and Wisconsin 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 built in 1990.

Mrs. Plier 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, Virginia also enjoying fishing, especially the 20 trips she and Jim took to Alaska. Other travels took her to the East Coast, Texas, California and Europe. A lifelong seamstress, Mrs. Plier 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.

She will be missed by many, who appreciated her love of nature, her spunk and enthusiasm, and her tireless efforts to make the world a better place.

Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Oconto, on Saturday, May 25, at 11:00. Visitation starting at 10:00 with church luncheon after the services. Private family gathering at cemetery.

Memorials to First Presbyterian Church of Oconto or First Presbyterian Church of Lakewood.


Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from May 12 to May 22, 2013
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