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Verna E. Silky – July 15, 1920 – April 25, 2022

Verna E. Silky, age 101 of Haslett, MI and formerly of Lansing, MI passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022.  She was born on July 15, 1920 in Howell, MI the daughter of Ernest and Harriet (Lowe) Lounsberry.

Verna served her country during World War II as a Rosie the Riveter. She was a longtime member of the Lansing REO Club.

Verna is survived by her son, Robert (Maggie) VanAlstine; her sister, Betty Lake; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis E. Silky on March 24, 1980; grandsons, Gary Vern Graham and Dahrel “Rick” Gottschalk; brothers, Lloyd, Harry, Wilbur and Clare Lounsberry; sisters, Bessie Gates, Iva Lounsberry and Della Meister.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, 4108 Old Lansing Road, Lansing in their chapel. 

For those desiring to make a memorial contribution in Verna’s honor please consider The Care Team Hospice 5401 Gateway Center, Suite D, Flint, MI 48507.  The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Lansing Chapel.  To leave a cherished memory or words of condolence please visit