Florence Gehling, 92, mother of Preston resident
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 3:16 AM
Florence Gehling, 92, of Grand Meadow, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
Florence Katherine Kraus was born Dec. 29, 1921, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Meiners) Kraus in Carroll, Iowa.
She attended school until the eighth grade.
On Oct. 20, 1943, Florence was united in marriage to Clarence Gehling in Roselle, Iowa, at Holy Angels Church.
She was a hardworking farm wife and homemaker, caring for her children and animals, especially her Norwegian Elkhound dogs.
In 1978 when St. Finbarr was being rebuilt, she took on the task of refinishing the Stations of the Cross and altar.
She also enjoyed gardening, butterflies, hummingbirds, flowers, crocheting, traveling to Texas and Arizona, bingo and collecting wine glasses and bells. She loved to spend time with her family and grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Ronald (Lanna) Gehling of Preston, Marvin (Linda) Gehling of Grand Meadow, Wayne (Carol) Gehling of Grand Meadow and Elaine (Jim) Hegge of Kewanee, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Marcella Vonnahme of Carroll, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Joan Hannasch of Rosemont, Rita Gehling of Kilkenny, Lois Gehling of Grand Meadow and Virginia Broich of Lake View, Iowa and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, brother, Clarence, and great-granddaughter, Katelyn all preceded her in death.
Funeral services for her were held Monday, March 31, at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow, with the Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial took place in St. Finbarr Catholic Cemetery.
Hindt Funeral Home of Grand Meadow is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice.
Condolences may be left online at hindtfuneralhomes.com.