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Florence I. Gard 1906-2011

June 23, 2011
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN -- Funeral service for Florence Gard is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Luther Thoresen will officiate.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven is in charge of arrangements.

Florence Irene Gard, daughter of Lewis and Dorothy (Williamson) Larson, was born April 1, 1906, in Brainerd, MN. She graduated from Cylinder High School.

On Aug. 5, 1925, Florence was united in marriage to Victor John Gard in Cylinder. Florence and Victor owned and operated a grocery store and hardware store in Cylinder before moving near Ruthven where they farmed. Florence also was employed as a nurse's aide for seven years.

Florence passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, at the age of 104.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Gloria Griswold; son-in-law, Donald Torreson; sisters, Leona, Sylvia, Annetta, and Viola; and a brother, Edward.

She is survived by her children, Victoria Torreson of Spencer, Bonita Chamber (Garland) of Cathedral City, CA and John Gard (Carol) of Lake Bluff, IL; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 24 great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth of Arizona.

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