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Vol. 14 No. 48 - September 24, 2014


Verna Evelyn Snow

Verna Evelyn Snow died at the age of 88 on Monday, Aug. 25, in Bradenton, Fla.

Verna was a proud “Yooper” and Finn. She was born on March 8, 1926, in the Copper County of Michigan. As she loved to say, “Who would have ever thought that a little girl born in a tiny mining town in the Upper Peninsula would lead a life that would take her all over the world?”

Verna and Bill had many great trips on their boat, The Antique Lady, and their airplane. Verna was always ready for an adventure and an enthusiastic 1st mate and gourmet chef for her husband (Captain Bill).
She was a well-respected early American antique collector and dealer. One of her proudest accomplishments was having their 1854 northern Michigan farmhouse featured in Country Living magazine. After vacationing on Anna Maria Island for over 35 years and one too many winters in Michigan, Verna persuaded Bill to move to Anna Maria Island in 1992.

Her other passions included designing and planting her many gardens, painting Florida wildlife and the northern landscapes of Canada and Michigan. Most enjoyed by family and friends was Verna’s passion for entertaining and gourmet meals that will be dearly missed. There was always a party at the Snows’ place. Verna knew no stranger; everyone was a friend.

Verna is survived by her husband of 70 Years, William (Bill) Snow; daughter Debra Dykema, of Traverse City, Mich.; Valerie, of Anna Maria Island; William P. and wife, Pam, of Gaylord, Mich.; and her special Florida daughter, Barbara Zdravecky, of Anna Maria.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Kevin (Kelly) Fossum, Matthew Dykema, Elizabeth (Nick) Jablonski, Brandie (Hank) Corden, Corrie (Troy) Nault, Kylie Snow and Taylor Snow, three great grandchildren and more friends then we can begin to mention. She loved every animal we ever brought home. In the last few years, mom enjoyed our family dogs, Charlee, Zeke, Hayley and her best bed buddy, Penny who made her laugh every morning.

She is predeceased by daughter, Terry K. Bensen, beloved son-in-law, David Dykema and parents, Peter and Elna Niemonen, of Houghton/Hancock, Michigan.

Verna’s service will be held at the Roser Church Chapel, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. A celebration of Verna’s wonderful life will be at the Snow residence at 5 p.m., following the service. Verna will be interned at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida.

In honor of mom’s life and love of wildlife, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Anna Maria Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 1449, Anna Maria, FL 34216 or its website at


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