Florence SchlicherWritten by Theresa Rose on May 11, 2015
Florence Lucille Schlicher Long, 92, of Riverview Hills Village in Keokuk, Iowa, formerly of Donnellson, Iowa passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 at 3:45 p.m. Born October 22, 1922 in Donnellson, Iowa, the daughter of Benedict Michael and Emma (Weber) Schlicher.
She was married in Seattle, Washington, June 10, 1945 to Glenwood H. J. Long. She is survived by one son Michael (Lee Ann) Long of Macomb, Illinois, daughter, Miriam (David) Grimes of Keokuk, Iowa, granddaughters, Michele Long, of Macomb, Melissa Long, of Hannibal, Missouri, Jennifer (Steve) Grimes Wright, of Greenfield, Wisconsin, and Kristin Grimes, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; great grandsons, Elijah, Silas, Ezekiel, and Malachi Wright, of Greenfield, Wisconsin.
She was preceded in death by her husband Glenwood and her parents Ben and Emma Schlicher, daughter
Muriel Rae Long, and great-granddaughter Erica Grimes.
Florence graduated from Donnellson, high school in 1940, received her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls Ia.. She began her teaching career in Eddyville Ia in 1942, taught in Bloomfield, Ia and Ft Madison Ia before moving to Seattle, Washington when Glenwood was due to return stateside from duty in the Pacific. They were married and returned to Iowa as soon as he was discharged from the U. S. Navy. She then began a 40 year teaching career in Donnellson, teaching first Kindergarten in 1953 and later second grade until 1994, retiring at age 71. She loved teaching and remarked that retiring was a very sad day of her life. While teaching she received her Bachelors degree from Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt Pleasant, Ia and her Masters degree from Western Ill University, Macomb, Il. 1968.
She was a 66 year member of Artaban Chapter #483 Order of Easter Star serving as Worthy Matron 1960,1999. And 2000, and also held State office in 2001.
Florence was a tireless member of American Legion Auxiliary Gillaspey-Moodie Unit 474 since 1946, unit president 3 times; district president; Iowa Department President in 1978, and National Central Division vice-president in 1994. She held many other state offices as well as 15 years as a Girls State Counselor, which was an American Legion Auxiliary program she always proudly supported.
Cremation rites have been accorded with a private family memorial service, and burial of cremains at the Evangelical Cemetery in Donnellson. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Iowa Legion Auxiliary Girls State Merit Scholarship. Memorials may be mailed to the family at Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home, P.O Box 56, Donnellson, Iowa, 52625
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneral home.com. Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements.