Florence Catherine Sutliff, 98, passed away peacefully December 31 at Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City, WI.
Florence was born December 2, 1915 in Bruton, MN to Turpin and Mabel Spaulding. She was the 8th of 11 children. The family moved frequently but settled in Cear Lake, WI where she finished her grade school years and graduated in 1933. She worked at the creamery and later at the theater where she met her future husband, Richard Sutliff, while working in the ticket booth.
Florence and Richard were married September 4, 1938 and settled in on the family homestead farm where they ran a small dairy farm. They had three children, Suzy, Roger and Bonnie. When her own children were still very young, she willingly made a temporary home for her two young nieces, Judy and Jeanie, while her sister, Margie, was recuperating in a TB hospital.
She was known by family and friends for her delicious cooking and baking, especially the cookies, cinnamon sticky buns and the best home made bread ever. Her home was always open to many family, friends and neighbors stopping by for a visit and she was quick to put the coffee pot on and rustle up a quick little ‘lunch’ to her guests. Her table also fed many a thrashing crew, hunting and fishing partner of her husband, Rich.
She lived on the farm 62 years and she loved her home, garden. flowers, and watching and feeding the birds. She especially liked raising roses and maintaining many African Violets inside. In season you could usually find a little bouquet or two of fresh flowers on the table. She also enjoyed going to Turtle Lake Casino some with her daughter, Suzy.
After she and Rich sold all the cattle, they traveled a lot, visiting family all over the US and taking a couple of trips to Hawaii with friends. After he passed away, she spent many hours cross stitching tablecloths and spreads for all her children, grand children and many extended family and friends.
With her health beginning to fail, in 2004, it became necessary for her son and wife to move back to the home place and they built her an apartment right onto the back of the house. She was reluctant to make the transition at first but soon came to love her new home. There, she was able to maintain her independence for several years, until the need for 24 hr. care arose 3 years ago. She then moved to Glenhaven.
In Glenhaven, she quickly became one of the favorites of the staff and she would entertain them with her quick wit, jokes and little ditties. She was always quick to acknowledge the wonderful care she got from all the staff, and was always ready with a smile and genuine ‘thank you’.
She has been a loving and feisty matriarch of the Sutliff family for many years. She loved her family dearly and will be missed very much.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, granddaughter Jody, two sons in law, her husband Richard and all her siblings. In regards to her siblings, she would often comment that she was the “last of the Mohicans” and was amazed she had lived so long and outlived them all.
She is survived by daughter, Suzanne Johnson, son Roger (Edna), and daughter Bonnie Sutliff-Nortunen (Jim). She is further survived by 8 grandchildren; Lori, Reed and Rochelle Smith, Dina Babb (Galen), Rich Sutliff (Angie), Tim Sutliff (Sharon), Jody Thorpe, Kristen Zbikowski (Bob) and many great and great great grandchildren.
Cremation arrangements are being handled by the Cremation Society of WI. A Memorial Service is being planned for early spring at the United Methodist Church in Boyceville, WI. Her faithful pastor, Tim Matthei will be officiating and adequate notice will be given in advance of the service.