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SMETHPORT - Florence T. Burgie, 96, of Waterport, N.Y., formerly of Smethport, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, following a brief illness.
Florence was born on June 11, 1915, in Coryville, to the late Zetto and Nettie Rees Tyler.
She was a devoted wife and mother as well as a good friend to many.
Florence was a stay-at-home mom and later worked as a dietary manager at Stone's Manor Health Care Facility in Smethport.
Florence was a dedicated, faithful Christian with a strong prayer life. Her consistent walk with the Lord impacted many.
She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, cooking and being with family and friends. In recent years, her loss of sight and mobility limited her independence but never weakened her faith.
Florence is survived by her two daughters, Sandra L. Burgie of Philadelphia and Bonnie B. (the Rev. Lawrence A.) Malakie of Waterport, with whom she had lived since 1997. She also is survived by a sister-in-law, Jeanne Burgie; nephews, Jeffrey (Linda) Love and Darryl (Patricia) Love; and nieces Dawn (Steven) Wilkinson and Carol Love. Also surviving are numerous grandnephews and grandnieces and their children as well as special caregiver, Jeanne Mekelburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Burgie, in 1973. She also was preceded in death by a stepsister, Esther Tanner; her parents-in-law, Wilfred and Blanche Burgie; a sister-in-law, Regena Clark Love; a brother-in-law, Wilfred C. Burgie; and a nephew, Gary Love.
Many years ago, Florence decided to donate her body to the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) Medical School for research purposes. There was no prior visitation.
A celebration of her life was held at 1:30 p.m. June 9 at Carlton United Methodist Church, corner of Archbald Road and Roosevelt Highway, Waterport, where Florence had been a beloved member in recent years. The service, conducted by the Revs. Todd Phillips and Larry Malakie, was followed by a reception held in the fellowship hall.
There will be a brief graveside service conducted at Rose Hill Cemetery in Smethport by Rev. Malakie at 11 a.m. Saturday. Family and friends are invited to participate. Burial will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carlton United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
2 Bank Street
Smethport, PA 16749
Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 20 to Nov. 27, 2012