LaVera YVaughn (Conn) Schlichtemeier, age 98 passed peacefully from this earth April 2, 2021 at Bellevue Medical Center with loving family members at her side. Born December 8, 1922, to Louis and Violentta (Markey) Conn, she grew up in Panama, Nebraska; attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, then transferred to graduate from University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a B.S. in Home Economics Education in 1944. During college years, she worked for the Community Chest and a plant that manufactured the Norden bomb sight. Friends called her “Conn”. She taught home ec and chemistry three years at Nehawka High School, also coaching volleyball and directing the class play. A colleague, Helen Schlichtemeier, invited her to dinner one evening in March 1947, where she met the love of her life, Stuart Schlichtemeier. They were engaged in April and married on December 28th that same year on a warm sunny afternoon (which was followed by a blizzard—but Stuart and LaVera were on their honeymoon to Texas by that time). LaVera said that she lived her life with “L”s: Love, Laughter, Loyalty, Learning, and Listening. A devoted wife and mother, she worked alongside Stuart on their rural Murray farm; always making decisions together. They served 12 years as 4-H leaders and were very involved in agricultural and natural resources groups. She was a member of Federated Women’s and Cooperative Extension Clubs, worked with Nehawka Bible School and UMC Children’s Mentoring Programs, spearheaded the Extension Literacy Program (“Book Nook”), served on the Cass County Fair Board, and she and Stuart worked tirelessly on Conestoga School planning. LaVera never stopped teaching—family members, friends, and caregivers. In addition to making sure everyone was up-to-date on political, agricultural, and environmental issues, she honed their skills in solving the daily newspaper cryptoquote and doing the crossword. Visitors came to share her enthusiasm for and knowledge of birds and flowers.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Stuart in 2014, brother LuVonne, and her parents. She is survived by her devoted children Sue (Wade) Schlichtemeier-Nutzman, Nehawka; Don (Bonnie) Schlichtemeier, Murray; and Lori (Jerry) Dworak, Boise, ID; grandchildren Ashley (Christopher) Bridges, Amanda (Josh) Dworak/Castaneda, Andrew Schlichtemeier, Anthony Dworak; great grandchildren Avery, Ryker, and Rylee Bridges; one cousin Wayne Hagaman, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitations will be 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City. The family will not be present.
Private family graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, April 9, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Nehawka.
Memorials are suggested to Macular Degeneration Research, Nehawka United Methodist Church General Fund, Conestoga Ed Foundation for Theater Department, Murray Fire and Rescue, or Audubon Society (Wachiska Chptr).
Online condolences may be expressed at www.marshallfuneral.com.
Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.
Posted online on April 06, 2021