Vera V. Pohedra
Vera V. Pohedra
  • March 12, 1927 - December 6, 2017
  • Falls Church, Virginia

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Vera Pohedra, age 90, longtime resident of Falls Church, VA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. She was born on March 12, 1927 in Pottsville, PA, to Michael and Elizabeth Oler. Vera was proud to be a coal-miner's daughter and the eldest of her five siblings.

She is survived by her five children: Joe, Mike, (Sue), Mary Adams, Susan, and Liz Smith, (Paul); and brothers Joe Oler, (Ann) and John (Kathleen); three grandchildren: Dana, Jennifer, and Krystal; and two great grandsons. She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Alex, her parents, brother Mickey Oler, and sister Babe Brentari.

Growing up during the Great Depression, Mom learned the value of a dollar, the importance of taking care of family, and stubbornness. While her mother worked long hours in a clothing factory, Mom took care of her younger siblings, often unsuccessfully attempting to keep them out of trouble. Vera enjoyed recounting the winters when they used curtain rods to ski down the big hill outside their house.

She married her high school sweetheart, a Navy man, and raised five children while living up and down the east coast, notably in Jacksonville, FL, and Norfolk, VA, before settling down in Falls Church 52 years ago. Vacations were spent visiting family and going to Virginia Beach. Vera learned traditional polka dancing and was a fan of Happy Louie, enjoying "Polka-motion by the Ocean" for decades. She was a 33-year member of the early morning water aerobics class at Providence Recreation Center and a dedicated parishioner of St. Philip Catholic Church. Vera volunteered many years at the Church Bazaar's Bake Booth, often donating homemade cakes and pies. Her Christmas Cookie Factory churned out a variety of delicious holiday treats including chocolate torte. She was also a skilled seamstress, an African violet gardener, and avid mystery reader.

Vera loved classical music, dinner theater, and traveling. One of her favorite places in the world was Hawaii where she enjoyed the beautiful plumeria flowers, the soft beaches, and fresh pineapple. She also travelled to Alaska, Ireland, Italy, Poland, and the Caribbean, and cruised through the old Panama Canal. Her stories of travel adventures and telling us to "look with our good eye" will be missed.

Two visitations will be held on Sunday, December 10, from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad St., Falls Church, VA. Funeral and burial will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.