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Florence Wahl, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Welia Health in Mora.  She was 86 years old.


Florence Nina Wahl, of Mora, MN passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Welia Health in Mora. She was 86 years old.

Florence was born March 6, 1934 in Worthington, MN to James and Bertha (Willardson) Burnham. There she grew up on the family farm and developed a love for horses. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1952 and then attended Mankato State for one year. After the year at Mankato she went to work for the Nobles County Superintendent of Schools. She then accepted a position with the State Department in Washington, D.C. and then at the United States Embassy in Oslo, Norway, where she spent two years. Upon returning from Norway she was united in marriage to Don Wahl on December 20, 1959 in Mankato, MN. Florence and Don eventually settled in Wabasso, MN where they adopted and raised their two children.

Florence was an active member the United Methodist Church, serving and performing many roles. What she is probably most remembered for is as the “AVON Lady” something she did for 30 years. Shortly after Don’s death in 1988, Florence moved to Redwood Falls, MN and started working at Jackpot Junction Casino, where she worked until she was 70 years old. In 2004, Florence moved to Mora, MN where she was active in the Mora United Methodist Church and was a Foster Grandparent at Trailview Elementary School. Florence enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bridge, traveling, but most importantly knitting. She knit hundreds Christmas Socks, afghans, baby blankets and socks in her lifetime. She will be missed by all those that knew and loved her.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband Don, parents James and Bertha Burnham and siblings Donald Burnham, Allen Burnham and Marcia Burnham.

Florence is survived by her two children, Brett (Mary) Wahl and Stacy (Mark) Slettum; 5 grandchildren, Dani, Chase and Ally Wahl, Noah and Kate Slettum; 3 siblings, Mary Asprey, Carol Rutzen, Joyce Funk; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

13 thoughts on “FLORENCE WAHL”

  1. We are sad to hear that Florence has left us. What a wonderful life she led! She touched so many lives doing everything she loved. We had her at our home a few times to enjoy the river, visit and simply hang out. She was a good friend to our mother and it was through our mom we got to know Florence.
    Our mother managed Park Forest Estates where they met. We had many conversations with her and always enjoyed her company. She will be thought of often and deeply missed. We will cherish our memories of her and know she is in peace with our Lord.
    Our prayers go out to all the family.

    Audrey Oglesbee,
    Harlan and Lisa Gilbertson

  2. I loved having Florence in my classroom as a Foster Grandma as did all my students. With all her travels she enriched so many of our lessons. She was a very Dear friend and I so enjoyed our visits over coffee and her cream puffs or chocolate. We had fun sharing our knitting projects and new yarn colors. Because of the virus we had to be satisfied with our phone visits. So blessed to have had her in my life.

  3. Very sorry for your loss. I very much enjoyed talking with Florence. She was a special women and has a place in my heart.

  4. I met Florence when we moved into Park Forest. Enjoyed her very much. When my granddaughter, as a sophomore in scool at that time, said she came past Grandma Florence’s I said “who?” She was a great lady. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  5. I met “Grandma Florence” when she worked in my classroom through the Foster Grandparent program. We had a lot of good laughs together and she was so special. She was always ready and willing to help with our Dala Horse projects and was a tremendous help with other projects. After she was no longer a Foster Grandparent, we continued our friendship through visits over lunch or coffee (and sometimes pie!). I always enjoyed her stories/memories of “years gone by” and always told her how brave I thought she was for being so adventurous in those younger years. For her birthday this past March, two other teachers and I got together and had a delightful birthday party…what a special memory! I think she really enjoyed it. I will miss her dearly.

  6. So sorry for your loss. I remember her as one of my Burnham Aunts. Her knitted Christmas stockings were beautiful. I will treasure them and so will the children and grandchildren. She was a joy to know and no words can truly describe how much she will be missed.

  7. I always enjoyed her company over coffee when we were foster grandparents at Trailveiw and them I moved to Fairview. Her and I went to many lunches at Pizza Hut but then I moved and didn’t get to see much her but thought of often. So sorry to hear my thoughts are with her family

  8. Sorry to hear about Florence. Her and I always picked on each other at church! She was a very good person and will be missed.

  9. I’m sorry to hear of Florence’s passing. She came to me for alterations. We became good friends. I miss her calling me at 2:00 PM, wanting to go to Freddie’s for Pie and Coffee. She would talk about her accomplishments. Spoke very highly about her family and their accomplishments. How she missed her daughter, who didn’t live near by. I will miss her dearly.

  10. I enjoyed the company of Florence in our bridge club. She brought each of back a koala when she traveled to Australia. I have it in with one of my plants. I cherish the Christmas stocking that she knit for our family. I was able to visit her when I taught in Hinckley. I will miss her.

  11. Florence and I were Foreign Service friends for 60 years. She visited us several times in Washington D.C. and we loved rehashing memories and experiences. She was a dear, dear friend.

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