Vera Margaret (nee Webber) Austin, 97, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed from this life on Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence. Born on January 1, 1920 in Niagara Falls, NY, Vera was the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen (Collins) Webber.
Vera attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1938. She later earned her nursing degree, graduating with honors, from DeGraff Memorial. Vera began her career in nursing, working as a Licensed Practical Nurse, at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston. Later, she received a certificate in blueprint reading from Trott Vocational High School and continued on working as a quality control technician in the family business, Ashley Tool Machine Company. In the 1940's Vera was a part of the Mable V. Greiken Mother's Club and for many years was a member of New Apostolic Church in Niagara Falls. She enjoyed camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking and gardening.
Vera is survived by her daughter, Karen (Eddie) Ashley; grandchildren, Donna (Alex) Riley, Eddie (Erica) Ashley, Jr., Jennifer (Don) Eger, James DeLong and Sharon DeLong; and many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Joseph (late Florence) Webber and James (Verna) Webber; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Vera was predeceased by spouses, Duncan W. Neilson and Floyd A. Austin; son, James Duncan Neilson; and her sister, Dolores (late Paul) Hann.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence, Unit 2 East, for their loving and dedicated care.
The family will gather to receive friends on Thursday, June 8th from 10:00 AM until 12:00 NOON in New Apostolic Church, 9510 Marine Memorial Drive, Niagara Falls, NY, where a funeral service will follow visitation at 12:00 NOON with Rev. Donald Eger officiating. Interment in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Vera in the form of a contribution are asked to consider www.jdrf.org/donate (Juvenile Diabetes).
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, in the Town of Niagara. Please visit goodlandercares.com to view her obituary, light a candle or leave a note of condolence.
Published on  June 6, 2017