Dolores Ann Verse, 96, passed away Saturday at Rosewood Nursing Home, Schuylkill Haven.
Dolores was born on Sunbury St in Minersville on April 27, 1924 to the late Jennie F. (Nichael) Ferns and John I Ferns, proprietor of the Hollywood bar in Minersville and a former Schuylkill County Detective.
Graduating from Minersville High School in 1942, Dolores attended the University of Pennsylvania and then graduated in June 1944 from New York’s fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Spending WWII in New York City, “the town that never sleeps” she worked at Lane Bryant and the Pennsylvania Railroad, routing troops coming home on leave in addition to doing fashion modeling. After the War she became showroom manager for General Curtain, one of the leading suppliers of draperies to store chains at the time.
On June 10, 1946 Dolores married her high school sweetheart the late
Leo C. (Wierzchosky) Verse, also of Minersville. Daughter Val, was born in 1959.
Following Leo’s death in 1967, Dolores worked at the Schuylkill County Registration Bureau at the Court House. In 1969, she took a position in the Business Office at Rest Haven where she worked until her retirement in 1992 having served Schuylkill County for a total of 25 years.
After living many years in Schuylkill Haven, Dolores moved the family home to Sunbury St in Minersville in 1983. She was determined to do it her way for as long as she could…….and she did, making almost daily trips to the Fairlane and Frackville Malls where she became a fixture until becoming partially disabled in 2004.
If anything, no one can deny that Dolores loved to shop. But perhaps more than that, she loved her collection of “Kissing Figures” which she began in the 1950’s and at the end numbered over 1100.. During this period she also suffered the loss of her older brother, Col. John R. Ferns of Princeton, N.J.
After a severe fall in 2009 which permanently confined her to a wheelchair, Dolores became a resident of Rest Haven, now Rosewood, in Schuylkill Haven, the place where she had worked for so many years. She loved the activities, particularly Bingo, becoming annoyed any time she was late.
She is survived by a daughter, Val verse, of Chesterbrook, Pa., “adopted son” Dave Anderson also of Chesterbrook, Pa. and grand-cat Poof Verse.
A Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 11AM at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St. Minersville. Relatives and friends may call at the Funeral Home form 8AM until the time of the service. Interment will be in Mt. Peace Cemetery, Minersville.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances of Dolores in the form of contributions to the Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville, pa. 17901. Contributions will also be accepted at the Funeral Home.
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