Florence Johannes, a long-time resident of Watkins, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, surrounded by family throughout the day. She was 99.
A private family funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins with burial at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed on her obituary page at www.ertlfuneral.com.
Florence was born Sept. 21, 1921, to Joseph and Hilda (Waltzing) Court; the only daughter of eight children, she grew up on the family farm near Luxemburg. She married Alois Johannes during World War II on Dec. 19, 1944. After the war, Watkins became their permanent residence, and they lived in the same home for many years where they raised their five children.
Florence was a devoted wife and wonderful mother. Her warmth and kindness were shared with family, friends, and neighbors. She also was a self-employed sales associate with Stanley Home Products for more than 50 years, selling household products and leading a team of associates.
She enjoyed crafts and had an artistic flair, which she demonstrated in her multitude of ceramic pieces painted ove the years. Her hand-painted ornaments are a cherished memory for her children and grandchildren. She loved gardening, and continued this passion well into her 90s. She was always up for a good game of cards, accompanied by laughter, with family and friends. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family at the cabin.
Florence was preceded in death by her husband Alois (Sept. 24, 1991), son Bob Johannes (Nov. 1, 1998), her parents, and four brothers (Vic, Arthur, Duane and Don Court).
She is survived by her children Audrey (and Ken) Kelley, Steve (and LeAnn) Johannes, Tim (and Pam) Johannes, Paul (and Seda) Johannes; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and brothers Al, Jerry and Arnie Court.
A special thank you to Garden View at Hilltop staff for their wonderful care over the past few years. Also, much gratitude to the staff at St. Benedict’s Senior Community for their compassionate care over the past several months.
In lieu of flowers, donations or memorials to dementia research are preferred.