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Vernice Sirlee Nov. 4, 1907 - Nov. 2, 2008

APPLETON -- Vernice Myra Sirlee, 100, of Appleton, died Sunday at Appleton Area Health Services-Nursing Home.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Appleton. Burial will be at the Appleton City Cemetery.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements are with Zniewski Funeral Home-Vaala Chapel in Appleton.

She was born Nov. 4, 1907, in Newell, Iowa, to William and Mable (Darling) Robbins. She attended school through the eighth grade at Appleton Public Schools and then began working to help support her mother and siblings. She worked at a restaurant in Milbank and the Sampson Brothers Restaurant in Montevideo.

She married Marvin Sirlee on Aug. 18, 1941, in Kansas City, Mo. They lived on a farm south of Appleton where she raised Chinese pugs for many years. She worked as a cook and dietician at the Appleton Municipal Hospital for many years and, with her sister, cooked at the Appleton Golf Course until retiring in 1978. She was a founding member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She moved to Appleton Area Health Services-Nursing Home in 2001.

She is survived by her daughter: Nancy Lou (and Fred) Williams of Minneapolis; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1969, four sisters and five brothers.