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
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
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.