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1930 Florence 2006

Florence B. Schoening

February 4, 1930 — May 12, 2006


February 4, 1930
Gaza, Iowa
May 12, 2006
Primghar, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Tuesday,
May 16, 2006
American Reformed Church;
Primghar, Iowa
Rev. Howard Campbell, officiating

Harmonica Solo: “Amazing Grace”
by Fred Wittrock
Solo: “I Can Only Imagine”
Sung by Lori Heemstra
“When The Saints Go Marching In”
Organist: Mary Lou Wittrock

Martin Schoening Don Steffens
Ryan Lake Rodney Heimensen
Steven Schoening Michael Hudson

Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Primghar, Iowa

Arrangements are under the care of the
Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home

After the graveside service, relatives and friends are invited to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Florence Bethia Schoening, the daughter of Elmer and Lillian (McCauley) Lake, was born February 4, 1930 near Gaza, Iowa. She received her education in Gaza, and graduated from the Gaza High School in 1948, where she was active in music and was a cheerleader. On December 23, 1948, she was united in marriage to Raymond Van Heuvelen and to this union two daughters were born, Sandra and Susan. The couple lived in Primghar and Rock Rapids. Raymond preceded her in death on July 16, 1954. She was united in marriage to Orville J. Schoening on December 9, 1955 in Primghar. After their marriage the couple made their home in Primghar, where three children were born to this union, Greg, Beth and Todd. Florence was employed as a cook in the Primghar School and worked at the Primghar Hospital. Orville preceded her in death on January 9, 2003 in Primghar. Florence passed away at her home in Primghar on Friday, May 12, 2006 reaching the age of 76 years, 3 months and 8 days.
She was a member of the United Church of Primghar, where she was a member of the United Church Women, Evening Circle and sang in the choir for many years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed playing cards, golfing and having coffee with friends.
Florence leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Sandy and her husband, Jim Koepnick of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Susan Barzelatto of Cape Canaveral, Florida; Beth and her husband, Clarence Hudson of Urbandale, Iowa; two sons, Greg Schoening of Atlanta, Georgia; Todd and his wife, Pam Schoening of Bondurant, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, two sisters, Eleanor McDonald of Primghar, Iowa and Kathryn Keife of Whittier, California; also other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Raymond and Orville; her parents and a sister, Geraldine Neiman.

A Poem for Florence

There’s one who walked with us each day of our lives;
Whose smile was so welcoming and sincerity no surprise.
She lived through life’s struggles; emotional moments she had.
She laughed loudly in good times and wept openly in sad.
For those of us fortunate to have known her so well,
Her life unfolds daily in the stories we tell.
She had many nick names, Puddle and PoPo were two;
Flo and Flo Jo ranked up there, and Fairway Flo did too!
As you can see love surrounded her
in the form of family and friends;
“We just LOVED being with her,”
was the message they’d send!
God couldn’t have blessed anyone with a better Mom,
friend or wife;
She was a top-of-the-line model in the creation of life!
He made her in His image, and He held nothing back;
She was passionate and witty and smart as a tack!
Her love warmed our hearts, and her smile hid our fears;
Her understanding soothed our souls,
and her compassion dried our tears.
She’ll be missed every minute of every day, every night;
And her love will continue to be our Guiding Light.
We thank God for the privilege of calling her
Mother and Friend,
And our love for her, Like His Kingdom, will have NO end…
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