Erlaine M. Plugge

Erlaine M. Plugge

July 17, 1933 – March 14, 2019

Age 85.  Erlaine Marie Plugge (Janssen), a long time Ralston resident, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019. She was the first child of Earl and Harriett Janssen with three brothers to follow. Erlaine graduated from Hooper High in 1950 and attended Wayne State College.  At a dance she met Lyle Plugge of Arlington and they married in 1951. To this marriage were born five children. Erlaine’s vocation was being a homemaker.

Husband Lyle, parents Earl and Harriett Janssen, nephew Colin Janssen and brother Monte Janssen, preceded her in death. Surviving her are son Lane Plugge (Debbie), daughter Sue Little (Mike), son Guy Plugge (Kristie), son Joe Plugge (Gina) and son Ted Plugge (Michelle).  Surviving brothers and sisters-in-law are Ramon Janssen (Nancy), Leigh Janssen (Sandy), sister-in law Ann Keene (Joe) and sister-in-law Leslie Janssen.  Grandchildren mourning her death are Angie, Brian (Amanda), Eric (Tassie), Kate, Mark, Brent, Tyler, Cory, Aaron (Morgan), Austin, Nate (Jentry) and Payton. Great-grandchildren are Alden, Avery, Matilda, Thatcher, Whittaker, Bailey, Ava, Jackson, Liam and Graham. Nephews, nieces, neighbors, friends and her Messiah Lutheran Church family will miss her.

Surrounded by family, her God through Jesus Christ, called her home. Going faithfully and joyfully she has risen to join her Creator.

The family will receive friends on Monday, March 18th from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel.  SERVICES: Tuesday, March 19th at 10am at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5015 S. 80th St. in Ralston.  Interment, Hillcrest.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Messiah Lutheran Church.




  • Scott Smith Posted March 15, 2019 3:02 pm

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  • Cheryl Nygren Posted March 15, 2019 9:37 pm

    My heart goes out to you in your loss. Your mother was a great kind loving woman. I thought the world of her. God give you peace.

    • Cheryl Nygren Posted March 25, 2019 4:14 pm

      Cheryl, Thank you for kind thoughts. Peace also to you, Sue (her daughter)

  • Rodney Ott Posted March 16, 2019 12:40 pm

    I’m a second cousin & went to school.with Erlaine. Sorry to hear of her passing.

    • Rodney Ott Posted March 25, 2019 4:07 pm

      Rodney, Thank you for your sympathies. I recall Erlaine’s stories of how the Otts were relation. Sue, her daughter

  • Patti (Rutherford) Fields Posted March 17, 2019 8:10 am

    While you grieve in your Mothers passing, I know she will walk with all of in your memories. God has called her home. Many memories of all of you as neighbors

    • Patti Fields Posted March 25, 2019 3:48 pm

      Thank you so much Patti. All of the Plugges remember the good times on 81st Street.

  • Irene Wulf Posted March 17, 2019 11:02 am

    With deepest sympathy. It was in Lyle and Erlaine’s house where I first tasted horseradish. I thought it was a big bowl of sour cream for my baked potato!!!! Lyle and Erlaine were the first relatives I met after our 2 years in the Peace Corps. They were a great couple. Muriel and Leanord took us to their house, in 1963. Rest in peace.

    • Irene Wulf Posted March 25, 2019 3:49 pm

      Thank you, Irene. I recall visiting your family in Tekamah. We always felt welcomed and had fun with you around. Sue

  • Marianne (Hunteman) Schuler Posted March 17, 2019 11:21 am

    Always a friend, in high school or out.

  • Deb McIntyre Kampschnieder Posted March 18, 2019 5:44 am

    Erlaine meant so much to me and my family. We are heartbroken at her passing. She was such an amazing person with a strong spirit and faith. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

    • Deb Kampschnieder Posted March 25, 2019 3:51 pm

      Deb, The bond between the Plugge-McIntyre-Kampschnieder families is strong. She loved you all. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Sue

  • John Posted March 18, 2019 7:33 am

    To the Plugge Family, Our deepest sympathies to you in the loss of Erlaine she was a pillar in your great family and you guys took good care of her as well! She will be greatly missed by all. Stay strong as she wouldn’t have it any other way! John and Cathy Headlee

  • Paul Hammel Posted March 18, 2019 10:25 am

    Sue and family, Sorry to read about your mom. She was a real rock at Messiah Lutheran. Peace be with you all.

    • Paul Hammel Posted March 25, 2019 4:13 pm

      Paul, Thank you for your kind thoughts. Messiah became especially like a family to Mom after Dad’s passing. Sue

  • Nancy (Fisher) Lindblade Posted March 18, 2019 7:21 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Growing up just a few doors down the street, I have so many nice memories of Erlaine and she remained one of my mom’’s dearest friends through all of these years. She always the best sense of humor and laugh. I know she loved her family dearly and lived a life of selfless devotion to them even though her circumstances weren’t always the easiest. I am sure she will be greatly missed by you all, but what a great assurance you have that a sweet reunion awaits!!
    Much love & hugs to all, Nancy

    • Nancy Lindblade Posted March 25, 2019 4:01 pm

      Nancy, Thank you for your heartfelt condolences at our mom’s passing. We all have such treasured memories of growing up on 81st Street. The Fishers are at the heart of so many happy times. We can all feel you love and hugs. Sue

  • Steve and June Westphal Posted March 19, 2019 11:52 am

    Ramon, Our sincere condolences to you and Nancy and your family.

  • Jim and Ginny Toft Posted March 19, 2019 2:42 pm

    Ginny and I want to express our appreciation for the friendship and fellowship that we have had with Erlaine over the many years that we have known her. Most particularly through the ladies Circle group which she kept going as the ranks were depleted. We were blessed to have known her. So sorry for your loss.

    • Jim and Ginny Posted March 25, 2019 4:03 pm

      Dear Tofts, I recall Erlaine speaking so fondly of you and your fellowship at Messiah. Thank you for your kind expression of sympathy. Sue, her daughter

  • Nona Osterloh Wiese Posted March 21, 2019 9:22 pm

    Remembering attending rural school together….she was in 1st grade and I was a few years older…She had long curls and always a smile. Also remembering her parents (Earl & Harriet) .lovely people…lots of good memories. She will be missed but left lots of good memories…..

    • Nona Posted March 25, 2019 4:05 pm

      Nona, Thank you for sharing your memories of our mom, Erlaine. We are such a blessed family having Earl & Harriett as grandparents and then double blessed with our mom. Sue, her daughter

  • David Pettijohn Posted April 14, 2019 4:55 pm

    So Sorry for your loss. Though it has been many years since I have seen any of the Plugges or Janssens, my early years of teaching in Ralston included fond memories of my time spent with your wonderful and welcoming family!

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