With great sadness and much love we say goodbye to Florence Voegtlin who passed away November 4, 2018 at the age of 93 years. She was the third daughter born to William and Katie Stauffer. Florence was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family very much – from the youngest to the oldest, their spouses and special friends. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 69 years, Joseph; her children Lois (Wilfred Barranoik), Thelma, Wayne (Roxanne), and Lyle; her grandchildren Natane (Christopher Clemens), Dane (Jennifer), Ethan, Autumn and Carter as well as step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Florence will also be missed by her sister Louida Reil, and her brothers Merlin (Betty) Stauffer and Harley (Gloria) Stauffer, sister-in-law Freda Voegtlin, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, sisters Grace Buschert and Pearl Yoder; as well as her infant son Harold.
Florence loved her family and enjoyed getting together to celebrate holidays and birthdays. There was lots of conversation and laughter and she was content to let others speak while she listened although she didn’t hesitate to express her opinion when she felt it was necessary. She had a keen sense of humor, laughing with people but never at them. She was an excellent cook and was renowned for her rhubarb pie by the school staff in Ryley, as well as her family.
Florence had a strong faith in God and loved to attend church regularly. She especially enjoyed teaching children in both Sunday School and Daily Vacation Bible School. Her understanding of children and how they learn ensured that her lessons were interesting and informative.
Even during her lengthy illness and stay at Extended Care, she always had a ready smile and a cheerful attitude, thanking workers for all their help. The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Tofield Extended Care Facility for their dedication and care of our loved one. Rest in peace Mom.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Salem Mennonite Church, Tofield, AB with Pastor Mark Loewen officiating. Cremation will follow the service with inurnment to be held at the Salem Mennonite Cemetery on a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the M.C.C. or the Alzheimer’s Society.