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Florence Ness

March 23, 2012
Estherville Daily News

ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Florence Ness, 99, of Estherville will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2012, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Harold Heinzig officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at Estherville Lutheran Cemetery.

She died Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

Florence Clara (Anderson) Ness, the daughter of Julius and Emile (Sebold) Anderson, was born July 25, 1912, in Rollette, N.D.

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Florence Ness

As a child, Florence moved with her family to Iowa. She received her education in the Gruver school.

On Oct. 10, 1932, Florence was united in marriage to Gilbert Ness in Cylinder. The couple raised their family, lived and farmed in the Palo Alto and Emmet County areas. Florence was a homemaker. Gilbert died April 23, 1988. Due to declining health Florence has been a resident of Good Samaritan since 2003. Her sister, Mildred, has been her roommate. In past years in her leisure time, Florence loved gardening, traveling and needle work.

She was a member of the Lutheran faith.

Grateful for having shared Florence's life are her children, Marilyn Collentine and her husband John "Jack" of Cedar Rapids; Arlin E. Ness and his wife, Barb, of Anthem, Ariz.; Pastor David L. Ness and his wife, Diane, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Anderson of Estherville; and also many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Florence in death were her husband; parents and sisters, Alva Sunde and Eunice Petersen.

Family prefers memorials to the Good Samaritan Society or Ingham Lake Bible Camp.

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