Verna Sylvia Buttke

June 3, 1912February 27, 2014

Buttke, Verna S. Verna Sylvia (Silbaugh) Buttke, was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 27, 2014 at the age of 101. She was born June 3, 1912 to Charles and Lila (Caldwell) Silbaugh in Caldwell, Idaho. Verna, Jack, Fayne and Virginia were raised by their godly grandmother Mahala “Granny” Caldwell and Aunt and Uncle Caldwell. The Idaho family migrated to Seattle in her senior year of high school where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. She attended the University of Washington and was the assistant secretary to the Dean of Liberal Arts. She met her husband Arthur at Mission Beach near Marysville, Washington. They came to Arizona in 1949 and were married 64 ½ years when he passed away in 2002. Art was a successful produce broker in Phoenix and she was the secretary to Principal Phillips at Montebello Elementary School in the Alhambra School District. Upon retirement, she volunteered at The Center for the Blind helping women to sew and was actively involved in her church. She is survived by sister Fayne (McCaffray) Loew, Seattle, son A.Grant Buttke (Lucille) of Phoenix, daughters Gail A. Eberle (Don) of Cottonwood and Lila M. Harris (Richard) of Flagstaff. She was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild. Celebration of her life will be held March 7, 2014 at 11:00 am at her loving church, Covenant of Grace, 906 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85029. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley. Please visit to leave condolences for her family.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 7, 2014

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March 31, 2014

To Aunt Verna and Uncle Art's families:
I'm sad to let another aunt pass on---my memories from so many years are warm and fun. Aunt Verna's strong faith was a joy to share. Her legacy is rich of unconditional love and support of family. Love to all of you from cousin Maureen

Sharon Osboe

March 7, 2014

I will always remember Verna as the gracious lady that gave me a job when I needed help in troubled times. She also caused me to like eggplant, no one could cook it like she could. May our wonderful Lord Jesus comfort you all during this time of loss, grieve for only a little while, knowing she is with her Lord now and will wait for the rest of you to join her in God's timing.

Robin Anderton

March 7, 2014

My Condolences to the entire family, Jeff and I are so sorry for your loss. We were fortunate enough to have shared some time as neighbors and were aware of her love for everyone around her (including the affection she gave to Maude). Our thoughts are with Grandma and Family.

Nancy & Dave Kimmel

March 6, 2014

To all the Buttke families members, Nancy and I are so sorry for your loss. What a great life she lived, and so many great children, grand children,great grand children and great great grand children. Restfully inpeace in heave,
Nancy and Dave Kimmel

D McCarthy

March 6, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. May the Most High God comfort you during these difficult days. (Psalm 83:18)

Ginny Hafer

March 5, 2014

Grant, Lucy and family. May God bring you much comfort as you grieve the loss of Verna. What a sweet picture this is of her. I know you will miss her very much but it's wonderful to know she is with her Savior now and any suffering is over.

Jan Nichols

March 5, 2014

Condolences to your family. My mother worked with Mrs. Buttke and respected her and liked her immensely. I also have fond memories of your mom. We usually saw each other at concerts, patriotic events. Lovely lady!
I will miss her sweetness. She supported her family so lovingly.
Jan Nichols,