Veronica M. Plants, whose faith carried her through several adversities, died Wednesday in her Cuba home. She was 85.
One of 11 children, she was born Veronica McHale in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School. She attended St. Joseph's School of Nursing.
For many years, she worked for a local doctor, who nicknamed her Daisy.
She married William J. Plants in 1943. He was a prisoner of war for 14 months during World War II. After he returned from the war, they lived for many years in Wellsville before moving to Cuba in 1968.
Her family said she cherished every day as a blessing and was gentle and kind to everyone, including many children who regarded her as their second mother.
She also was an excellent cook; many people thought she could market her recipes.
Mrs. Plants was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wellsville and then at Our Lady of the Angels in Cuba. She also volunteered with the American Cancer Society.
For many years, she spent the winter months enjoying the "Craft Club Girls," otherwise known as the S&B Club. She had been a golfer at Wellsville Country Club and enjoyed boating and fishing on the St. Lawrence River. She was first mate on Daisy and Putzin, enjoying daily evening boat rides with her husband.
Her husband died in 2002, and two daughters, including one who was an infant, also died.
Survivors include four daughters, Kathryn J. of Cuba, Suzanne Fundalinski of Buffalo, Colette Reardon of Selbyville, Del., and Elizabeth Anne Jubenville of Kent; two sons, Peter J. of Clarence Center and William Jr. Jr. of Cuba; 14 grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
Prayers will be said at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in McIntosh Funeral Home, 24 Genesee Park way, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Our Lady of the Angels Church, 50 South St. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Hornell.