WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Verna M. Plante, 87, of Wichita Falls and formerly of Iron Mountain, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at the Hospice Center of Wichita Falls.
She was born May 25, 1926, in Channing, daughter of the late Robert and Cathleen (McIntyre) Fitzgibbon. She left Iron Mountain High School as she had to work and help support the family. She returned to night school at the age of 44 to secure her high school diploma. Then, while raising five children, Verna commuted daily to Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba for her nursing degree. She was a lifelong resident of the area.
Verna married Thomas E. Plante on Jan. 11, 1947, at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 2001, at which time Verna moved to Texas to live with her son and daughter-in-law.
Verna worked as a nurse at Grede Foundry before accepting a position at the V.A. Hospital where she finished her nursing career. She was a member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the Daughters of Isabella. Verna was one of the founding members of the local St. Vincent de Paul chapter, serving as a board member and president of the St. Vincent de Paul conference for several years. She was involved with all aspects of the store and pantry operation.
She and Tom also served as foster parents and brought several children in who needed the love and support she had to offer.
She enjoyed music (even taking up the guitar for a while), square dancing and reading, puzzle making, her work at Grede Foundry and St Vincent de Paul, assisting the poor, do-it-yourself projects, and all the animals she had through the years. She mostly enjoyed the love of her life (Tom), her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To her great-grandchildren she was known as "GG." She also loved to watch golf and her beloved Green Bay Packers on TV.
She is survived by three sons, Thomas (Lorie) Plante of Iron Mountain, Michael (Mary) Plante of Clarkston, and David (Deborah) Plante of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Cynthia (Scott) Sebaly and Mary Munson, both of Wichita Falls; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Brian) Olson, Mindi (Brian) Richtig, Megan Plante, David (Karla) Johnson, Christina Plante, Christopher Plante, Ryan (Courtney) Munson, Stephanie (Curtis) Isom, and Amy Munson; as well as 14 great-grandchildren.
Verna was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Fitzgibbon; and two sisters, Alyce Schoen and Dorothy Fontecchio.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
A memorial Mass will follow Monday at noon at the church. Fr. Daniel Zaloga will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Verna M. Plante online at www.ernashfuneralhome.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.