Florence L. Swinderman

  • Born: May 26, 1921
  • Died: December 20, 2015
  • Location: Fort Madison, Iowa

Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Homes & Monuments

211 Madison Avenue
Donnellson, IA 52625

Tel. 319-835-5716

Tribute & Message From The Family

Florence L. Swinderman, 94, of Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Fort Madison, formerly of Donnellson, passed away at 3:11 p.m. Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Sunnybrook.

Born May 18, 1921 the daughter of John Henry and Emma Jane (Earl) Freese in San Jose, Illinois. On April 12, 1942 she married Wilbur S. Swinderman in Palmyra, Missouri. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1997.

Survivors include her one son; Daniel Swinderman of Aledo, Illinois, two daughters; Cindy Swinderman of Fort Madison, Iowa and Carol (Walter) Gaspard of Magnolia, Texas, three grandsons; Keegan Sheets, Cameron (Beth) Sheets and Nicholas Gaspard, one great granddaughter; Penelope Sheets and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wilbur, one son Robert, one great grandson; Noah Sheets and one brother; John Freese.

Florence was a member of the Donnellson United Methodist Church. She served as a mailman with the WAVES in the United States Navy during World War II. In her earlier years she worked as a bookkeeper at the Sheaffer Pen Company.

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson, Iowa where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. that evening.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson, Iowa with Pastor Peg Ellingson officiating.

Burial will be at the Charleston Cemetery in rural Charleston, Iowa.

A memorial has been established in her memory to the Charleston Cemetery Association.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhomes.com. The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Cindy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Rosie Hendrix

Posted by Rosalie Hendrix - Fort Madison, IA - Friend   December 24, 2015

I got to know Florence better when transferring membership to the Donnellson United Methodist Church over 30 years ago. She and I worked in
We were almost neighbors with her and Wilbur living near Charleston and Russ and I built a house near New Boston on my parents farm. Her sons and my youngest brother, Barry, were good friends.
I fell October 25 and am recovering from a fractured shoulder or would be helping serve the church dinner today and/or attending the service.
Florence leaves wonderful memories for us to treasure.
God bless you all,
Bonnie Wilhelm Randolph

Posted by Bonnie Wilhelm Randolph - Donnellson, IA - Friend   December 23, 2015

Many heartfelt sympathies to my cousins for the loss of their mother and grandmother. I only have wonderful memories of our family holiday gatherings when we six children had fun often outdoors in the dead of winter while the adults visited indoors. I remember Aunt Florence as kind and gentle in manner but quick to laugh and smile. We lose our parents to time but we carry their best qualities to the future. I rely on my passion for genealogy to serve as a legacy for our family and its steadfast importance of endurance and teaching by example.

Posted by Sara (Klingler) Scheil - Independence, MO - Niece   December 22, 2015

Dear Florence was my duplicate bridge partner from time to time and often swiss teammate. Her temperment and her play were both very pleasant and steady. We had many adventures going to District and National ACBL tournaments and all my memories are wonderful. Florence, keep count of trump up there in heaven.

Posted by Claudia Zimmermann - Waterloo, IL - friend   December 21, 2015


As a caregiver at Sunnybrook, Florence was always special to me because she reminded me of my own mother.She was a very sweet lady who I will truly miss. Sincere sympathy to her family.

Posted by Mary Dawson - Ft. Madison, IA - caregiver   December 21, 2015

Our sincere condolences on the loss of the last member of our predecessor generation. When we talk about family traditions, I always remember gathering at your house on Christmas Eve and Florence prepared oyster stew. I think it was the only non-hoofed food that my dad enjoyed and looked forward to. We are so glad that we had the opportunity to visit with Aunt Florence in July one last time.
This is a difficult loss for our generation, when a parent, especially our last parent passes. We wish you healing and comfort in the days ahead.

Posted by Mac Klingler - Galena, IL - Nephew   December 21, 2015