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Veronica 'Verna' Skolasinski


October 2, 2018

WAKEFIELD, Mich. - Veronica "Verna" Skolasinski, 98, a long-time resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully late Friday night, Sept. 28, 2018.

Verna was born on Oct. 10, 1919, in Wakefield, to Frank and Agnes (Patyk) Skolasinski. She graduated from Wakefield High School in 1937.

Verna lived in Chicago and worked for Time Life Magazine and became a world-wide traveler.

After her retirement, she moved back to Wakefield and lived with her beloved mother.

Verna loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a very sharp dresser who always wore a stylish hat and had an incredible memory.

Verna was a devout Catholic. She was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield and a supporting member of its women's guild.

Enjoying life to the fullest, she spent many happy hours riding the casino bus and meeting her friends at the casino.

Verna is survived by a few cousins; numerous dear nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends; and her special angels, who cared for her at the Gogebic Medical Care Facility.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and five siblings and their spouses, Martha and Peter DaPra, Valerie and Wallace Costenaro, Edward and Veronica (Vronch) Skolasinski, Zigmund and Marion (Gouza) Skolasinski and Joseph and Norma (Bruneau) Skolasinski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 407 Ascherman St., Wakefield, with the Rev. Dominic Agyapong, celebrant. Also in attendance will be the Immaculate Conception Women's Guild Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Verna's family.

Rite of Committal and interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield.

A reception will be held at the church hall immediately upon return from the cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at


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