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Florence Pottebaum

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Florence C. Pottebaum, 87 of Alton, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Orange City Health System Hospital, in Orange City.

Florence was born Oct. 5, 1924, near Hospers, the daughter of Adolph and Mary (Friederich) Fischer. When her mother died in 1933, her father married Mary Reichle who had seven children. The family moved to a farm near Granville.

She graduated from Paullina High School in 1942. She attended Iowa State Teachers College and received her education certificate. She taught rural school for two years.

Florence married Ferd Pottebaum Nov. 21, 1950, at Granville. The couple made their home in Alton. In 1954 they moved to the Pottebaum farm south of Alton where they farmed until 1980 when they retired and moved into town. Ferd died Nov. 13, 1997.

Florence was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, church guild, St. Mary's Rosary Society and American Legion Auxilliary. She was very devoted to her family and church.

Survivors include her 10 children, Bev (Charles) Brewer, of Sioux City, Donna Pottebaum, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Tom M. (Karen) Pottebaum, of Granville, Gordon (Lou Ann) Pottebaum, of Sheldon, Leonard Pottebaum, Dolores Ruba, Merlin Pottebaum, and Michael H. (Julie) Pottebaum, all of Alton, Rose (Mike) Brady, and Mary Ellen (Paul) Wilkens, both of Marcus; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; her brother, Robert (Lorraine) Fischer and her sister, Lorraine Becker, both of Granville; two step-sisters, Catherine (Clarence) Pohlen, of Hospers, and Bertie Full, of Canby, Minn.; one brother-in-law, Jerry Meylor, of Quimby, one step-sister, Inez Reichle, of Orange City; five sisters-in-law, Irma Dreckman of Pipestone, Minn., Armella Homan, Carol Jean (Dan) Pick, both of Remsen, Maxine Pottebaum, of Alton, and Esther Pottebaum, of Le Mars.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother; one brother, Clarence Fischer; two sisters, Lillian Von Arb and Irene Meylor, two step-sisters, Angie Grady and Delia Alsup, and three step-brothers, John, Harold and Lawrence Reichle.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, with the Rev. Paul Eisele officiating and the Rev. Richard Ball concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Alton. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Friday. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.

Casketbearers will be her grandsons Jeffrey, Tyler and Ben Brady, Corey Pottebaum, Kyle Ruba and Rod Winkel. Honorary bearer will be Beau Zorgdrager, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Memorials may be directed to Orange City Area Health System in Orange City or St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton.

Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.