Florence was born Nov. 1, 1914, at rural Howard, S.D., the daughter of Philip and Katie (Tessman ) Calmus. She was raised in the Howard area. She graduated from Howard High School in 1934.
On June 1, 1938, she married Joseph Heidesch at Howard, S.D. Joe and Florence farmed southeast of Remsen until retiring in 1973. Joe died July 28, 1986.
Florence was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen, church guild, Missionary Association and Happy Siesta Nursing Home Auxilary. She was a past member of Catholic Daughters of America.
Florence had a remarkable and fulfilling life. Her work ethic and ability to reach out to others was unrelenting. She was a never ending fount of joy, wisdom, strength and support to her family and in the lives of so many others.
She was an inspirational and loving mother, dependable and loyal sister, generous and enthusiastic grandmother and great-grandmother, dedicated to her church, family and friends.
For many years she volunteered, helping make altar breads, working with Oscar Cash and visiting the residents of Happy Siesta. She loved having family activities. All will surely miss her.
Survivors include a son, Richard, and his wife, Anita of Goodyear, Ariz.; a daughter, Darlene Feller and her husband, Marv of Shenandoah; a son, Ron and his wife, Betty of Remsen; a daughter, Joanne Cashman and her husband, John of Mission Viejo, Calif., and a daughter, Jan Bunkers and her husband, Dave of Des Moines; 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; and one brother, George Calmus of Howard, S.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Sister Virginia Calmus and Sister Phyllis Marie Calmus; two brothers, Will Calmus and his wife Irene, Walt Calmus and his first wife, Alice and second wife, Kay.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. today (Monday). There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., and vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Russ, Paul, Troy, Cary, Joe and Andy Heidesch, Mark, Jeff and Brad Feller, Brett, Zack and Luke Bunkers.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.