Florence Toomey (1921 - 2009)

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Florence Toomey, age 88, of New Philadelphia died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Park Village Health Care Center at Dover.
A daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Valentine) Brown, Florence was born at Wade, O., in Washington County on May 9, 1921.
A graduate of Marietta High School, Florence went on to obtain her formal education from The Ohio State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.
In 1943, Florence began her teaching career with the New Philadelphia City Schools and would go on to teach at the Tuscarawas County Schools prior to completing a 21-year tenure with the Dover City Schools.
Florence married Tom Toomey on Oct. 14, 1945, and together the couple would rear two daughters.
Throughout her lifetime Florence held affiliations with a number of organizations which included serving as the past president of Delta Kappa Gamma and The McDowell Music Study Club as well as serving as a 4-H club adviser. Additionally, Florence was involved with the Dover and New Philadelphia Educators Assns., The American Assn. of University Women, The Tuscarawas Valley AARP and also held a life membership with the Tuscarawas County Retired Teachers Assn.
Florence was also a member of the First United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia and had previously served as the choir director for the First Presbyterian Church at New Philadelphia.
Florence leaves behind a family which includes her two daughters, Toniann Amadio of Saginaw, Mich., and Teresa (Frank) Cosenza of Mentor, O.
Two grandchildren, Frank Cosenza II and Maria L. Cosenza, as well as numerous nieces and nephews complete the family.
In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, who passed away on July 17, 1997; a son-in-law, John Amadio; and six brothers.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Rev. Hugh B. Berry will lead a funeral service celebrating Florence's life at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, in the funeral home's chapel. Burial will follow in the East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia.
Following services, the family will host guests in the Geib Family Center, adjacent to the funeral home, where a meal and fellowship will be shared.
Those unable to attend may send the family personal condolences by signing the online guest registry located on the funeral home's Web site.
Memorial contributions in Florence's name may be directed to The Ohio Foundation for Music Education, 5379 W. Mill Dr., Highland Heights, O. 44143 or the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, P.O. Box 406, New Philadelphia, O. 44663.
Linn-Hert-Geib
(330) 343-5506
www.geibcares.com
Published in The Times Reporter on Nov. 2, 2009