Florence Adeline Hoelz, 93

Florence Adeline Hoelz, 93, was called to her heavenly home on Friday, March 26, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Mequon.

Born April 6, 1916, Florence was the oldest of William and Hedwig (nee Schowalter) Hoelz’s three children. She was baptized and confirmed at Zoar Evangelical and Reformed Church on Highway G. Her early life was spent on the family farm a quarter mile east of Rockfield. She attended Belle Grove School. In addition to helping on the farm, she worked at the Rockfield Canning Co. and in the kitchen of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Thiensville. Florence lived in apartments on Wauwatosa Road, Freistadt Road, and for the past seven years at Lasata Heights Apartments, Cedarburg.

Her love of flowers and plants led her to work for George Your Florist, Menomonee Falls, for 18 years. In 1973, she began working for Willard Riemer and was a faithful employee at Riemer’s Flowers, Thiensville, for 35 years, retiring at the age of 92. She became a special part of the Riemer family and an honorary grandmother to Jayne and Julie Riemer.

Florence will be remembered as a hard-working woman who loved her Savior and his word, enjoyed plants and flowers, and was devoted to her family and friends.

Florence is survived by six nieces and nephews: Virginia (the Rev. Arthur) Frenz, Maplewood Minn., Richard (Jane) Hoelz, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, James (Diana) Prahl, Germantown, Joan (John) Engel, Bonney Lake Wash., the Rev. Herbert (Charlotte) Prahl, Eau Claire, and Jane (Larry) Wilms, Bella Vista Ark., numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Renata Hoelz, and sister and brother-in-law, Helmuth and Anita Prahl, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Her funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 31, at 11 a.m., at Calvary Lutheran Church, 247 S. Main Street, Thiensville. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial in Our Savior’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Germantown will be after the lunch.

Florence’s deep love of Christ was evident to all who met her. We were all touched by her humility and grace. She inspired many in their faith and love of one another. She lived her life as a servant of the Lord and was loved by all who were blessed to have known her. Her memory will live in our hearts forever.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of Jackson is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.