Florence (Rosenbaum) Gapinski
1933 - 2020
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WYOMING – Florence Rosenbaum Gapinski passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on the morning of August 19, 2020, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center with her husband and children by her side. A mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, August 28, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 217 N Garnavillo Street, in Anamosa. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral. Iowa Cremation is entrusted with the arrangements.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Per church requirements, all who wish to attend Florence's services are required to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash their hands or use hand sanitizer, and to refrain from attending if they are not feeling well or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Florence was born on August 11, 1933, in Ossian, Iowa, the daughter of John and Louisa (Bucheit) Rosenbaum. Florence grew up on the family farm and graduated from St. Francis DeSales in Ossian. Florence pursued an early elementary education at Mount Mercy College, graduating from Upper Iowa University. While substitute teaching in Quasqueton, Florence met the love of her life, Don Gapinski, and the couple were married on October 9, 1954. Florence taught second grade in the Midland School District for 25 years. After retirement, Don and Florence enjoyed time with their grandchildren, traveling, and spending their winters in McAllen, Texas, with many good Iowa friends.

Don and Florence were blessed with two children, Matt (Gwyn) Gapinski and Sarah (Scott) Zimmerman; four grandchildren, Paige Gapinski (Kevin Moore), Nic (Cassi) Zimmerman, Tony (Kylie) Zimmerman, and Dylan Gapinski; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Florence is survived by a sister, Ione Hartley; a brother-in-law, Dave (Sandy) Gapinski; and many nieces and nephews.

Florence is preceded in death by her parents; brother/sister-in-law, Harold (LuVerne) Rosenbaum; her sisters, Gertrude Kuhn and Helen (Sister Ignatia) Rosenbaum; her in-laws, Frank and Vera Gapinski; and brother/sister-in-law, John and Ruth Donnelly.

Florence's family would like to thank Tristan Vernon, Virginia Ortgies, Glenda and Jerry Hahn, Minea Aldana Fuentes, Maddie Coyle, the entire staff at the Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center, the Monticello Ambulance Service, Dr. Uc, Dr. Kilburg and staff, Dr. Meyers, Dr. Grieff and RN Courtney at the Jones Regional Medical Hospital, and nurses Jennifer, Sue, and Megan with Above and Beyond Hospice. We are truly touched by your compassionate care of our wife/mother during such a difficult time of saying goodbye to her.

Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.iowacremation.com.

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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Aug. 21, 2020.
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Ruth Kuhn
August 25, 2020
I taught with Florence at Midland and enjoyed her friendship. Sending my sympathy.
Gary Heiar
August 23, 2020
So sorry to hear about Florence. My children were students at Midland and she will always be one of their all time favorites. She loved being a teacher and it showed. We were blessed and now she can rest in God's arms. Kathy and Larry Bearce
August 23, 2020
Don & family we send you our deepest sympathies. We certainly loved being with you at Adobe Wells. Flo was a very special lady & will always be fondly remembered.
Bob & Jan Coulter
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August 23, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Duaine and Sheila
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August 23, 2020
I am very saddened to hear of Florence’s passing. We rode to work together at Midland for many years before I moved to Texas. We were also “Backdoor neighbors.
Florence was a wonderful co-worker, neighbor and friend. She will surely be missed by all whose lives she touched. My heartfelt condolences to her family.
Meredith Theilen
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August 22, 2020
Sarah, Scott, and Family, our deepest sympathy to all of you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Eternal rest grant onto her, O Lord.
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August 22, 2020
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Gayle Depuydt
August 22, 2020
Matt and family: May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I worked with Florence the first year I worked at Midland way back in 1992. She was so sweet and helpful to me..I will never forget that. RIP Florence!
Shelia Gatts
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August 22, 2020
Deepest sympathy to all her family. Enjoyed you as neighbors in Olin. To Sally my classmate. Peace and comfort. Laura (First) Schroeder and Christine (First) Griffin❤
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