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Florence Wunsch


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Florence Wunsch

Phoenix - Florence Ann Wunsch

Glendale, AZ August 6, 1930 - September 4, 2018

A few weeks ago my brother phoned me, "Lizabity, I have a story to tell you!" Every day my brother Bill Wunsch would visit our mother Florence on the assisted living floor of a care facility right by his home. My mother had progressing dementia and carried herself as a 5 year old. She had lived with me, her daughter Elizabeth, up until two and a half months ago. She had not been active at all for many years before living on this 3rd floor. "Lizabity, I was getting ready to leave and mom's caregiver called me over. She pulled out her phone and started showing me a video. It was Mom. There was all this music and she was dancing. Our little Mom is dancing!"

That is how we will remember our mother, Flo, who danced through all that life presented to her. From the days in Coney Island and Park Slope Brooklyn, with her first-generation Italian family, onto designing clothes at the all-girls Washington Irving High, earning a scholarship to Paris, skipping school to see Frank Sinatra, dancing in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, working at New York's Atlantic Mutual, a marriage, children, a move to Arizona, secretary for St. Matthews Parish as well as for Mr. Walt Adams. St. Louis the King women's Club, an awarded volunteer at Maryvale Hospital, a divorce, caretaker for her parents, Joe and Louise, and a counselor for battered women. Through good and bad, she kept smiling. And dancing. In her heart and her soul. And in her passing, we know she is united again with all who have always loved her and danced with her. Florence's son Billy, daughter Elizabeth, sister Betty, all her nieces, nephews, cousins and grand-kitties, will miss her dearly.

Private Graveside Service. Memorial gifts: Andre House of AZ or 4 Paws Rescue, Sun City, AZ
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 16, 2018
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