Florence Hossfeld, 96, passed away on Aug. 18, 2017. Age claimed her body, but heaven claimed her soul. Florence was born Dec. 23, 1920, to Pete (Emery) and Mabel Gee in Rapelje, Mont. She grew up on the farm with her four brothers: George, Elmer, Vick, and Lawrence.
She played girls basketball for Rapelje High School and graduated in 1938.
Florence married Kenneth Hossfeld that same year. They began their adventure of turning a little into enough, creating a warm, welcoming home and raising kids. Time on the farm ended with Kenneth’s stroke in 1965, forcing a move to Billings. Florence did office work for a short time, but eventually became a full time caretaker for her elderly mom and her husband.
In 1998, Florence and Kenneth moved to Kennewick to be near their daughters. Florence spent her final two years at Regency Canyon Lakes buzzing the hall in her electric wheelchair and building friendships with the staff.
Some of her favorite things were holidays with family, grandkids, babies, flowers, sewing, Werthers and gum drops, playing cards and making puzzles, perfecting marble fudge, helping others and Jesus. She spent 25 years caring for her husband.
Painful seasons of her life included the passing of her 9-year-old son Gary, her parents, her husband of 60 years, her four brothers, her granddaughter Connie, and her adult son Dennis (Wink).
Everyone who had time with Florence was blessed with her caring spirit and kind heart. She worked hard and had the ability to stay busy, even at 96. Celebrating and honoring Florence’s life will be carried on through her family: son Ron Hossfeld (Linda), daughter Carol Stewart (Jack), daughter Dawn West (Dale) and daughter-in-law Jeanette Hossfeld, her 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Florence’s life taught us how to raise a family, to love others, to work hard, and to never quit - no matter how hard it gets. She believed in God’s promises of eternal life. As her family we want to extend a special thank you to the staff of Regency Canyon Lakes who made a nursing facility a home of caring people.
In her memory, consider planting a flower to remind you of Florence and to bless others with its beauty. A graveside service will be held in Florence’s honor at Mountain View Cemetery, Columbus, Mont., on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. with a lunch reception and fellowship to follow at Smith Funeral Chapel, 35 Diamond Street at noon.