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Florence Wuthrich obit

Florence Wuthrich

ROANOKE – Florence “Flo” Emma Wuthrich, 100, died at 8:05 a.m., Sunday May 13, 2018, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.

She was born Jan. 20, 1918, in Roanoke, the daughter of Christian and Elizabeth Schumacher Hodel. She married Willis Wuthrich on May 19, 1946, in Roanoke. He died Nov. 26, 1996.

Survivors include three children, Lynn Wuthrich, Bill (Kathy) Wuthrich and Bonnie (Ed) Sauder; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Mildred “Mick” Hodel.  All will deeply miss her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Bob Hodel and Harold Hodel, and two sisters, Ann Wagler and Marie Goetzinger.

As a young girl on the farm, Flo was in charge of keeping her brothers out of trouble and one of her chores was to bring in cobs for the cook stove so her mother could cook breakfast. In a time when women business leaders were a rarity, Flo operated the bookstore at Eureka College and was hired by Illinois Central College, East Peoria, to start the bookstore at the original temporary campus and then move and enlarge it at the new permanent campus. Flo spoke at seminars across the country on how to start and manage a college bookstore. She was a member of the Roanoke AC Church, rural Roanoke, and trusted God with all her heart. Flo greeted everyone with a warm smile and loving spirit up to her last days. She was concerned that not one soul be lost without God and was in prayer constantly for her family and her community. Flo loved to play Scrabble, do crossword puzzles in the daily paper, as well as entertain others in her home for luncheons and dinners. In spite of a hectic schedule, the couple provided a safe, loving home for their children and grandchildren. They modeled Christian living and loving. They traveled across the country extensively on camping trips with their children every summer and enjoyed several trips to Europe later in life.

Services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the church with ministers of the church officiating. Per the family’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private family burial will be held after the service in the church cemetery. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the AC Home of Roanoke.


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