Florence L. Oeste, 102, of Evergreen passed away peacefully at her home at Augustana Elk Run Assisted Living in Evergreen on Feb. 18, 2013, after a short but rapid decline in health.
She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Oeste Krauss of Evergreen; her son, George Oeste of Majadahonda, Spain, and her daughter, Dorothy Whitlock of Needham, Mass.; grandchildren Jonathan Krauss of Helena, Mont., Benjamin Krauss of Lakewood, Thomas Krauss of Algonquin, Ill., Teresa Oeste Balestri of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Clara Oeste of Majadahonda, Spain, Sarah Whitlock of Needham, Mass., and Thomas Whitlock of Ontario, Calif.; and great-grandchildren Zoe Ruth Krauss, Max Thomas Krauss and Sofia Luisa Balestri.
Florence Lillian Langrock was born an only child on Oct. 9, 1910, in Philadelphia, Pa., where she lived most of her life before moving to Colorado in 2002. She survived the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic along with her father. She attended public schools in Philadelphia before leaving school at 16 to work as a secretary, then attended Temple University night classes in business.
She married George I. Oeste of Philadelphia in 1933, who died in 1992.
Throughout her life, she was active in many civic and church organizations, serving in leadership positions in many of them. She and her husband were particularly active in the church extension work of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the UCC Church, working on advisory committees to establish new congregations in the area. She learned to play the piano at age 6 and continued to study music as an adult and served as accompanist at her church and other groups. With her educator husband, she traveled extensively, and loved to record both her travels and all of her family and surroundings through photos.
When she moved to Colorado in 2002, she became the very first resident at Elk Run Assisted Living, and since then had been a devout member of Evergreen Lutheran Church.
She will be remembered by both family and friends as a gracious, intelligent and caring individual, generous with her time and energy, always with a smile and kind word. Despite the failure in her later years of her eyesight, hearing and mobility, her warm presence was uplifting to everyone who met her.
SPECIAL NOTE: A memorial service honoring Florence's life has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at Evergreen Lutheran Church, on Highway 73 south of Evergreen. There will be a reception afterward to share memories and stories about Flo in the upper parish hall. Memorial donations may be made to Evergreen Lutheran Church or Mt. Evans Hospice.
Published in Canyon Courier from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5, 2013