EDMOND, OKLAHOMA - Florence Maxine (nee: Hoegsted) Richter passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK at the age of 91 with her children at her side. Florence had a history of pulmonary problems and passed away due to aspiration pneumonia. She was born in Paris Township, Kenosha County, WI, on November 21, 1921 to Arthur Emil Hoegsted and Rose Pauline (Krumreich) Hoegsted. She grew up on a farm and loved all the animals. In 1940, Florence met Frank Ferdinand Richter. They were married on January 1, 1941 and lived in Racine, WI. They were blessed with their first child, Sharon Lee Richter, on December 24, 1941; another daughter, Sandra Kay Richter, on January 11, 1944; and a son, Thomas Albert Richter, on June 13, 1947. Florence was an exceptional homemaker who kept an immaculate home. She was an extraordinary seamstress who made her own clothes and sometimes those of her daughters. She enjoyed counter cross-stitching, doing jigsaw puzzles and reading. Frank and Florence took great pride in keeping up their beautiful yard. Above all, Florence loved all animals, especially dogs. She was seldom without one. During their elderly years, Frank and Florence lived in Peoria, AZ. They then went to live with their son, Tom and his wife, Donna in Lawton, OK. They then moved to Mount Pleasant, WI to live with their daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Howard Shaw. About two years later, they moved to Sacramento, CA to live with their son, Tom and daughter-in-law, Donna where Frank passed away on September 7, 2003 as a result of Alzheimer's disease. Florence then moved back to Oklahoma where she resided with her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Donna. She then moved back to Mount Pleasant, WI to live with Sandra and Howard. After about a year, she moved to Edmond, OK to live with Tom & Donna which is where she was living at the time of her death. Florence is survived by three children: Sharon Burke of Sun City West, AZ; Sandra and Howard Shaw of Mt. Pleasant, WI; and Thomas and Donna Richter of Edmond, OK. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Carole Marx and Jeff Burke of AZ; Dennis (Lauren) Haas of New Berlin, WI; Heidi Valerio of Mt. Pleasant WI; Shawn (Tracy) Haas of Kenosha, WI; Greg (Carrie) Haas of Howard, SD; David Shaw of Minneapolis, MN; Rebecca Shaw of Mt. Pleasant, WI; Adam (Audrey) Chenoweth of Topeka, KS; Tammy Lindsley of Vacaville, CA; Stephanie (Dwayne) Sawhill of Wilton, CA; Brian Richter of Rocklin, CA: and 22 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by three sisters-in-law: Hertha Preston and Marjorie Schneider of Mt. Pleasant, WI; and Suzanne Herriges of Franklin, WI, nieces, nephews. and many other relatives. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; parents, Arthur and Rose Hoegsted; her three sisters, Sylvia Klonowski, Ethel Gosselin, and Florence's twin sister, Alice, who passed away at age 4 from polio. She was further preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Adolphina Richter Schneider, father-in-law, Albert Richter; brothers-in-law: Leonard Preston, Sr., Oscar Schneider, Harlyn Herriges, Otto Blask, Phillip Freehling, Joseph Klonowski, and William Gosselin. Frank and Florence were long-time members of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Racine, WI. They were later members of the Lutheran Chapel of the Cross in Mt. Pleasant, WI. A very special thank you to the staff of Bellevue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City for the love and special care given to Florence and for the love and special care by the doctors and nurses, including Hospice Care, at Mercy Hospital of Oklahoma City, and especially to Dr. David Hopkins. Cremation has taken place In memory of Florence, memorials to the Mission Outreach at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Racine, WI or to the Wisconsin Humane Society of Mount Pleasant, WI would be appreciated. REST, DEAR MOTHER, IN THE ARMS OF OUR LORD
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Published by Racine Journal Times on Sep. 29, 2013.