Florence E. Feys, 98, formerly of Quincy, died Tuesday (March 4, 2014).
Florence was born Aug. 18, 1915, in Quincy, a daughter of Walter L. and Edith Middendorf Bernzen. She married Morris "Mike" Feys of Portland, Ore., on June 19, 1948, in St. Francis Church. He died May 23, 2001. They moved to St. Louis in 1949 and lived there until retirement in 1985.
Mrs. Feys was a graduate of Notre Dame of Quincy and of the music department in piano. She attended Quincy College and received a bachelor of education degree from Illinois State Normal University. She also did graduate work at Northwestern University
and Washington University in St. Louis.
Mrs. Feys' teaching career spanned 22 years and included teaching in public schools in Quincy, Portland, Ore., and St. Louis County.
During World War II, she worked for several government agencies in Washington, D.C.
Upon leaving the teaching profession, Mrs. Feys and her husband founded Business Builders of St. Louis, a promotional products company. She served as secretary-treasurer until their retirement in 1985, when they returned to Quincy to live.
They were members of Blessed Sacrament parish, where Mrs. Feys served as musician, Eucharistic minister and lector and was a member of the 60 and Over Club and the Blessed Sacrament Council of Catholic Women. She was also a member of the secular Franciscan Order and the Ladies of Charity, where she served as corresponding secretary.
Mrs. Feys was an accomplished musician. For several years she was the assistant organist in her parish in St. Louis. Upon returning to Quincy, she volunteered her musical talents in nursing homes.
In June 2005, Mrs. Feys moved to a retirement community in St. Louis to be near her family. There she continued to play the piano for the enjoyment of the residents.
Mrs. Feys is survived by her daughter, Barbara, and husband, Bill Jay; son, Michael Feys; three grandchildren, James Whitaker and wife, Holly, Katherine Whitaker and Matthew Whitaker; a great-granddaughter, Emma Whitaker; a sister-in-law, Avril Bernzen; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris "Mike" Feys; two brothers, Richard and George Bernzen; and her sister, Betty Bernzen.
SERVICES: A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Quincy.
VISITATION: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the church.
MEMORIALS: TV Mass for Shut-ins or the Ladies of Charity in Quincy.
ARRANGEMENTS: Ortmann Funeral Home, Overland, St. Louis.