Florence TenCate




Florence “Flossy” TenCate…84 of Ruthton passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland, Minnesota at 10:00a.m.

Visitation will be held from 4-7p.m. on Friday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home and will continue on Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church in Holland.

Burial will be held at a later date in Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton.

Florence “Flossy” Marie TenCate was born November 25, 1925 in Holland, Minnesota to William and Elsie (Weinkauf) Thomas.  She was baptized in 1925 and confirmed in 1939 at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland.  She attended elementary school in Holland and graduated from the Morris Agricultural School.  Flossy was united in marriage to Robert TenCate on October 18, 1947 at St. James Lutheran Church.  They lived in the Edgerton and Woodstock area and  she worked as a nurses aid at Pipestone County Hospital.   Robert passed away in 1964 and Florence and the family moved to the Ruthton area where she resided since.  She sold Avon for a number of years, helped at the Ruthton Laundromat and worked at the Polar Bar for over 18 years, while raising seven children on her own.  She was a member of the ladies auxilliary in Ruthton, was an accomplished soloist at church, enjoyed bowling, baking, cooking, canning, playing yahtzee, scrabble, fishing, birdwatching,  and riding her “two wheeled” pink Cadillac. She enjoyed spending time with her family – especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to give everyone “hugs” and had a “gift of gab”.

Florence is survived by her  children: Robert (Bonnie) TenCate of Albany, TX, Leatha (Doug) Griffin of Edgerton, Rhonda (Bob) Spencer of Lake Benton, Aurora (David) Ankrum of Lynd, Jan (Len) Roschen of Fairmont, Randall (Jean) TenCate of Tyler, Renata Norgaard of Tyler; 14 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren  and 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers Lorence (Alma) Thomas of Pipestone and William (Rhoda) Thomas of Oakes, ND and many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Henry TenCate, sister Erlene Heidebrink, grandson Scott Griffin, granddaughter Bobby Jo TenCate and son-in-law David Norgaard.


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