LaVera “Vera” Wilhelmina Nielsen, 86, of Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Celebration of Life services were held May 12 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids with burial following in Lisbon Cemetery.
Vera was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Bert T. and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Augusta (Lerch) Ward. Vera was united in marriage to Donald Lown in 1945, they were later divorced. She married Jim Paul in 1958 until his death in 1964. Vera was then united in marriage to Jim Nielsen in 1972 until his death in 1986.