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Florence I. Misselwitz

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Florence I. Misselwitz Obituary
Florence Isabel (Bonsignore) Misselwitz passed away graciously on January 7, 2019, at Flagler Hospital in Saint Augustine, FL, having successfully completed a life rich in service of the Lord and others. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in East Hartford, Connecticut, as the oldest daughter of Jim and Isabella Bonsignore, with older brother Joe and Mary, Aurelia (Re), Anita and baby brother John. Over a 50-year marriage to her high school sweetheart, Paul Louis Misselwitz, Florence had three boys – Paul Christopher, James Anthony and John Martin – and created a life filled with love, world travel, and many good times with her sister Mary and brother-in-law Bob Blain, along with all her family and countless dear friends including Lorraine Lemire, Rose Ford, Dorothy Casadei and Lisa Bisbal, to name a few who pre-deceased her. Thanksgivings hosted at her long-time home in Vernon, CT, were great celebrations open to all. Florence enjoyed an ahead-of-her-time home and professional life as it was Paul who handled many household duties while she was among the first female brokers in CT to sell mutual funds, going on to build a career as a teacher and administrator within the Hartford Public Schools system. She was a proud alum of St. Joseph's College, held a master's degree from UConn, and was a life-long learner and patron of the arts. She loved playing bridge and was tirelessly driven to spread her deep and abiding faith through numerous apostolic ministries. Often, she impacted a person's life from a single encounter as she was a positive person and living example of the power of prayer and doing your best to make this world a better place. We celebrate her being with our Lord and reuniting with her husband Paul; her siblings Joseph, Re and John; and many friends and loved ones. In addition to her sisters Mary and Anita and three sons, she leaves behind six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and 27 nieces and nephews. A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, at St. Mary's Church (North American Martyrs Parish), 15 Maplewood Ave., East Hartford, CT, followed by an internment ceremony at St. James Cemetery, 360 Broad St., Manchester, and reception at St. Mary's Hall, 30 Maplewood Ave., East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alpha Women's Center @ www.alphawomencenter.org or via a check made out to "Hartford Public Schools" and mailed to: Hartford Public Schools, Superintendent's Office, 960 Main Street, 8th Fl., Hartford, CT, 06103 - note "In memory of Florence."
Published in The Hartford Courant from Jan. 11 to Jan. 20, 2019
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