Vera Ileana Sautter 1926 – 2017

Vera Ileana Sautter, 91, passed away Feb. 4, 2017, in Alliance.

Vera was born on Jan. 17, 1926, to Floyd Henry Pierce and Mildred Nellie Pelham Pierce at University Place (Lincoln). She was a 1943 graduate of Lincoln High School. She attended Bryan Nursing School and Wesleyan University.

She was employed at the Lincoln Telephone Company, a physician’s office and the State Insurance office in the Nebraska State Capitol.

Vera met John Henry Sautter and they were married on June 7, 1947, in Lincoln. They moved to Verdigre, where John was a teacher and Vera was a homemaker.

In 1957 Vera and John moved to Halsey, where Vera worked as office manager for the Blaine/Thomas Soil Conservation District and John for the USDA in the Soil Conservation Service [SCS]. They moved to Stapleton in 1966 where Vera worked as the office manager for the Logan/McPherson Soil Conservation District and John continued in the SCS. They moved to Mullen, in 1972 where John continued in the SCS and Vera was a homemaker and clerk in the local drug store/gift shop.

She served on the Upper Loup Natural Resources District Board replacing her husband, after his death in 1986. Vera returned to Lincoln in 1990, where she volunteered for the Area Agency on Aging and the Heritage Gift Shop and served on the Lower Platte NRD Board. In 2009 Vera moved to Alliance, to be near family.

Vera was a pianist, vocalist, voracious reader and bridge player. She was devoted to the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and served as a Lay Speaker. She was a member of Eastern Star and Extension Clubs. She supported her  children’s activities in academics, sports, music, 4-H and scouts.

Vera came to love rural communities and the Sandhills and joined John in his hobbies of collecting antiques, camping, hunting rocks and making jewelry. She was known as a sweet and kind woman and a loving wife and mother.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, of 39 years John Henry; her son, Paul Sautter, daughter-in-law, Sandra (Stull) Sautter; her parents, Floyd and Mildred Pierce; brothers, Dean and Earl Pierce; and sisters, June Moss and Maryann Starlin.

Vera is survived by her daughter, Susan (Joseph) Tollefson, of Bremerton, Washington; two sons, Bill (Sandy) Sautter, of Sioux City, Iowa, and David (Cynthia) Sautter, of Alliance; and daughter-in-law, Alberta Sautter; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Youth for Christ, the United Methodist Church in Alliance or the Arbor Day Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. (MT) on Monday, Feb. 13, at the United Methodist Church in Alliance. Burial will be at 1 p.m. (CT) Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, where her husband John is buried. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.