AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Florence Fafrowicz, of Mora, MN, died on Friday, February 12, 2016 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 94.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be held on Wednesday, February 17th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be Tuesday, February 16th from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora; plus one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Florence Adeline Fafrowicz passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the age of 94 at St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora, MN. Florence was born to Walter and Della Ash on June 15, 1921 on a small farm in Wendell, MN, the third daughter of five. Growing up, Florence performed a lot of the chores with her four sisters on the family farm such as caring for the farm animals; harvesting the crops; and making candles, soap, and down pillows. When not performing chores, Florence enjoyed riding and caring for the family horses named “You Know” and “I Know” and rowing the boat on Ash Lake.
Florence graduated high school in Fergus Falls, MN and obtained her teaching degree from St. Cloud State College in 1941. She began teaching grades 1-4 in Tacoma, Washington. After leaving Tacoma she began teaching in Isle, MN where she met her future husband, Joe. They married in 1947. Florence has a great legacy of teaching approximately 2,000 kindergarten students in Mora from 1952 through 1984 when she retired from Mora Public Schools. It was a great joy in Florence’s life when she had the opportunity to talk, reconnect, and catch up with all of her former students. She referenced hundreds of times the book she compiled listing all students in each kindergarten class.
Florence loved any new adventure, particularly traveling with family, riding bicycle, hiking, playing cards, doing puzzles, square dancing, flying, jet skiing and even parasailing, at the age of 80! She enjoyed coffee time with friends, sharing homemade baked goods, knitting, and sewing. She had a great sense of humor as evidenced by her ability to joke with family and friends. Florence is probably joking with friends, relatives, and Angels in Heaven right now.
Florence was involved in the American Legion Auxiliary and was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters Evelyn Fabian and Edna Rodman.
She is survived by daughters Elaine (Bob) Johnson of Lowell, MI; JoAnn Fafrowicz of Durham, NC; Shari (Brian) Weidendorf of Hinckley, MN. Florence is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Winifred Clambey of Fergus Falls, MN and Alice (Bud) Gehrke of Fergus Falls, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.