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Obituary: Florence Rose Kutz Thieleke

Florence Rose Kutz Thieleke, 89, of Chino Valley, Ariz., went to heaven on Dec. 22, 2011, following a lengthy illness. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Florence is survived by her husband of 65 years, Wesley J. Thieleke; children David Wesley, Mary Sue (Charles Jackson) and Marcia Rose (David Mas Masumoto); and grandchildren Christopher, Brian, Jonathan, Nikiko and Korio. Much of her extended family, including her siblings, Loriane Greylack, Marvin Kutz and Cecilia Rudolph, currently reside in Wisconsin. She is preceded in death by brother Norman Kutz; sister Joan Doughman; and daughter Marie Suzanne.

Florence was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Meeme, Wis., to Lorenz and Rose (Salm) Kutz. She completed her teacher's training at the County Normal School of Manitowoc in 1942. She married Wesley on June 1, 1946. They moved to La Puente, Calif., in 1951; Apple Valley, Calif., in 1959; and retired to Chino Valley, Ariz., in 1979.

In 1951, Florence opened and became the first teacher of St. John's Lutheran School in Covina, Calif. She earned her BA and later, in 1970, her MA from La Verne College. A lifelong teacher and school administrator, she retired from the Apple Valley School District in 1979. She also taught at Victor Valley, Yavapai and Prescott Colleges. After retiring, she was a volunteer leader and director of God's World Preschool and Childcare in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Funeral services for Florence are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley, with luncheon to follow. Internment will be at the Heritage Memorial Park in Dewey, Ariz. Memorial donations may be made in Florence's honor to God's World Preschool and Childcare or Friend's of Ruth, c/o Trinity Lutheran, 3950 North Valorie Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314-8234.

Chino Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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