A lifelong resident of northwest Iowa, Florentine Rosalinda was born to Nicholas and Catherine (Kemp) Reistroffer on the family farm in Oyens on April 1, 1929, the last of 11 children.
Flornie met Joe Weber at a dance. After she finished nurses training at St. Joseph Mercy College of Nursing in Sioux City, they decided to be permanent partners and were united in marriage Aug. 28, 1951. The farm life she had been raised and nurtured in prepared her as she switched careers to become mother, wife and homemaker for Joe and their family in Marcus.
A devout Catholic and living testament to Jesus' generous love and mercy, Flornie was very active with Visitation Parish in Maryhill and later with Holy Name Church in Marcus.
Her children and grandchildren benefited from her passion for quilting, as many fine examples of Flornie's handiwork grace their homes.
Though born on April 1, she was nobody's fool when a hand of cards was dealt around the kitchen table for a game of pinochle, often with a dish of her favorite ice cream nearby.
Flornie's transcontinental legacy of love includes six children and 18 grandchildren: Jim (Sue) of Madison, Wis., and their children, Ali, Jessi and Jake; Kathy (Larry Paulson) of Plymouth, Minn., and their children, Derek Paulson (New York City) and Joelle Paulson; Robert/Bob (Eileen) of Hastings, Minn., and their children, Scott West (Portland, Ore.), Shelly West (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Kevin; Richard (Kris) of Marcus, and their children, Brent Bennett (Sioux City), Paxton Bennett (West Des Moines) and Josh (Rockwell); John (Carla) of Marcus, and their children, Brian, Ashley and Alex; Chuck of Lexington, Ky., and his children, Laura Payne (Dayton, Ohio) Michelle Payne (Lexington, Ky.), Sarah Payne (Lexington, Ky.) and Katelyn; as well as dozens of special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus with the Rev. Armand Bertrand officiating. Burial was at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery in Marcus. Visitation was at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. The family was present from 2-4 p.m., with a prayer service at 4 p.m., also at the funeral home.
Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home of Marcus is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.