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.
Vera is survived by her children, Jerry (Sandi) Lown Sr. of Marion, Judy (Bob) Hites of Tiffin, Ohio, Steven (Karen) Lown of Swisher, and Susan (Vuong) Nguyen of Williamsburg; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Andy Lown, two great-granddaughters MacKenzie Lown and Sage Scheuerman, two brothers Carly and Leonard Ward, and a special companion Bob Roan.
A memorial fund has been established in her name at Wells Fargo Bank.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.