Verna Irma Verhamme, age 92, of 510 First Avenue South, Escanaba, MI died Monday morning January 22, 2007 at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba where she had been a patient. Verna was born December 23, 1914 in Peshtigo, WI the daughter of Emil and Pearl (Woodard) Rothschild. She moved with her family at the age of 5 to Gladstone where she attended the Gladstone Public Schools.
Verna was united in marriage to Paul F. Verhamme and they made their residence in Gladstone where they raised their family. Together they owned and operated the Arcadia Inn in Gladstone for over 25 years. Verna was a member of the All Saints Church in Gladstone and the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post #71 Auxiliary. Verna resided in Gladstone until 1992 when she moved to Harbor Towers in Escanaba.
3 daughters: Connie Verhamme of Milwaukee, WI; Susan (Thomas) Meinz of Green Bay, WI; Alice (Mark) Sabuco-Lemerand of Escanaba
2 sisters: Alice Creten of Escanaba and Dorothy; McIntyre of Gladstone
4 grandchildren: Seth, Erin, Sara and Jenni
4 great grandchildren: Jari, Niko, Lauren and Audrey
Numerous nieces and nephews
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Paul on April 3, 1976, 2 brothers, Jack and Melvin Rothschild, 4 sisters, Helen Holm, Pearl Curtis, Betty Donaldson and Clara Rothschild.
Mass of Christian Burial Services celebrating the life of Verna I. Verhamme will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. at the All Saints Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Arnold Grambow officiating. A reception of family and friends with a luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Arthritis Foundation, envelopes will be available at the Skradski Funeral
Home or at the All Saints Church.
I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy to Connie, Susan and Alice and to all of Verna’s family. Some of my very best times were all the good times we had at the Arcadia. Who could not forget how Verna – putting on a huge pot of chili on the bar for all her customers and friends. What great times they were. I was just one of the many people who was lucky enough to call the Verhamme family my friend. I will treasure those times and Arcadia memories always. Verna, Paul, Mulex, will forever be missed. Sincerely,
I was sorry to hear of your mom’s passing when my mom called me. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families at this time. May Verna rest in the peace of her God.
Sister Jo Ann Creten
Just wanted Connie to know that we will never forget the boiled dinners that Ma made at hunting camp. shots and hugs
Dave, Tom & Mark Hanson
Connie, Sue and Alice,
I wish to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I have many fond memories of your mom as a child on the block. She was such a hard worker. She always let me come over and play in those back rooms. I also remember the sleep overs at your house; most of the memories are of not sleeping because of the music from the bar. It never stopped me from spending the night,however. Your mom was always special to me at your birthday parties. As I recall, she always made ground up Bologna and mayonnaise sandwiches and I hated that. She would always make me something different. My thoughts are with you.
East Troy, WI
My second Mom, lots of really cool memories of this wonderful lady.
Thinking of you guys.
Kathy (DeHooghe) Viau