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“Cindy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Rosie Hendrix ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Rosalie Hendrix - Fort Madison, IA

“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...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Bonnie Wilhelm Randolph - IA

“Many heartfelt sympathies to my cousins for the loss of their mother and grandmother. I only have wonderful memories of our family holiday gatherings...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Sara (Klingler) Scheil - MO

“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...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Claudia Zimmermann - Waterloo, IL

“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...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Dawson - Ft. Madison, IA

“Our sincere condolences on the loss of the last member of our predecessor generation. When we talk about family traditions, I always remember...Read More »
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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.