FLORENCE FAFROWICZ

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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.

15 guestbook entries for FLORENCE FAFROWICZ

  1. kelli peterson February 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    Im so sorry to hear of Florence passing. She was a wonderful person, favorite teacher and a blessed customer. She will be greatly missed!

  2. Rhonda Olson February 12, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    Sorry to hear of her passing. She was my kindergarten teacher many years ago. She was such a wonderful person

  3. carol (Anderson) Shaw February 13, 2016 at 12:18 am #

    Sorry for your loss. She was a very special person.

  4. Deb Backlund February 13, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Wonderful person and a great teacher! Love Deb and Dave Backlund💕💜💕💕💕💜

  5. Deb (Rypkema) Michaud February 13, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I still remember your Mom as my 1st teacher. So many sweet memories of those days. I had lunch with her once when I was visiting my Mom at St. Clair’s. It was nice to catch up. She was so welcoming to my Mom when she moved to St Clair’s and I know Mom will miss visiting with Florence.

  6. Cindy Barnes February 13, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    My heart goes out to the family. As a child
    I knew her as Mrs. Fafrowicz, the kindergarten teacher, the kind lady who lived across the street, and my parents friend. Her yard was the shortcut to the Lutz garage, the neighborhood “Annie
    Annie I Over” home base. She never once
    Got upset with us for that. She will always hold a special memory in my heart. Heaven has to be a little brighter with her there.

  7. Theresa Borgman February 13, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Florence was my Grandpa’s sister-in-law. I remember the visits Florence, her husband Joe, and my grandparents would have.

  8. Patty (Bergstadt) Dunham February 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    JoAnn, Elaine, and Shari: Your mom was such a beautiful lady, inside and out. A kindergarten teacher of many (including myself), going back over 50 years and still remembered as the best teacher ever… She therefore must have been an amazing mom, too, and I am so sorry for your loss.

  9. Lyle and Allison Johnson February 13, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Florence.
    She was a very nice lady.
    Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  10. Michelle Velting February 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    My Gram, my friend….though she lived afar, she always made a point to make us grand-kids feel special. She taught me things from playing rummy, to driving a stick. She never judged, just loved. She lived life to it’s fullest despite her age (as evidenced by the picture I have of her on a wave runner on her 90th birthday!). I looked forward to every moment with her, and loved her so very much. I’ll miss our phone calls, her giggle, her hugs and sweet self…but I know those rays of sunshine is her smiling down from heaven, saying she is happy, at peace, and reunited with Grandpa and her loved ones. I love you so much Gram!

  11. Julie February 14, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    So sorry to hear of her passing. We (Ted, Joan, Patti and Julie Thoreson) visited with Florence a few years ago at the family home in Mora.

  12. Karen Thoreson February 15, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    Elaine, JoAnn and Sherrie,

    So sorry for your loss. Your mom was ever present in our childhood. She made the best Rhubarb cake ever!
    Thankfully she passed peacefully and knowing her friends, former students and family will remember her well.
    Julie and Mom and Dad will be at the Visitation and represent the Thoreson Family who have your freinds since the early 50’s. Love Karen

  13. Jay Mork February 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    My sympathy to you in the loss of your mother / grandmother / great-grandmother.
    Mrs Fafrowicz was my kindergarten teacher in 1952, her first year in Mora! Our classroom was in the basement of a small church on the corner, directly across the street from the courthouse. My fondest memory from her class was learning how to finger paint! How fun! I’ve forgotten the names of many of my teachers over the years but I’ll never forget Mrs. Fafrowicz, she was special!

  14. Paul and Jean Mattson February 15, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    Dear Friends,

    Paul and I are sorry to hear of your loss, We are glad to learn she went from this world into the next peacefully. I was always grateful my friend, Wanda, had found such a special neighbor and friend in Florence. Paul and I both had her for a teacher, she was a blessing.

    In sympathy,
    Paul and Jean Mattson

  15. Diane Strandlund February 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Shari and family- thinking of all of you!! Sorry for your loss.

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