Florence Foss, 100, formerly of Preston


Florence Foss

Florence J. Foss, age 100, a longtime Preston resident, died on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Green Bay, Wis.

She was born on April 19, 1918, in Carimona Township in rural Preston to Henry and Cora Peterson. She had one brother, Clifford Peterson.

She graduated from Preston High School in 1935, then attended Normal Training and taught first through eighth grade in the same school she had attended as a girl.

In 1939, she married Kenneth T. Foss, and they continued to reside in Preston, raising four daughters.

She wore many hats, including restaurant work, an accomplished seamstress, matron and cook at the Fillmore County Sheriff Department. She was also very active in her church. She enjoyed card club, dancing with friends and gardening was her favorite hobby. She loved being outdoors maintaining her large gardens and sharing the bounty of those gardens. She was a “Florence Nightingale” herself, caring for her parents, her husband and many friends, relatives and neighbors over the years.

In 2014, she sold her home in Preston and moved to Green Bay, Wis., to be closer to family. She lived her last three years at The Odd Fellow Nursing Home there, where she was loved and cared for by a wonderful staff, awarding her the title of “Sparkle Queen,” since she loved her glitz.

She is survived by her four daughters, Dianne Hartzell of Hartford, Wis., Carole (Bob) Thom of Chatfield, Rosanne (Garry) Nietz of Zumbrota and Katherine (Max) Roth of Green Bay, Wis.; as well as 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth and her brother, Clifford.

A memorial service for her will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, with a visitation one hour prior at the church.

The family prefers memorials to Christ Lutheran Church or a charity of one’s choice.

Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Preston is assisting the family.

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