Florence Elizabeth “Flo” Schneeman, 92, passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Fla.
She was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the eldest of two daughters of Wesley and Florence Wullenweber.
Flo attended Westwood Elementary and Western Hills High schools. She completed one year of education at the University of Cincinnati, before following in her mother’s footsteps and earning her nursing diploma at Christ Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation, she married her childhood friend and sweetheart, Donald “Don” Schneeman, on Sept. 10, 1943, at a lovely wedding, arranged by their friends and family, when Don came home on leave from the U.S. Navy with only one week of notice.
The couple raised their family in Cincinnati, where Don served as a City of Cincinnati policeman, and Florence worked as a registered nurse at Christ Hospital and later with the Baby’s Milk Fund, an organization providing in-home health and nutritional support for newborns. Through the years, they raised two well-loved children and enjoyed many family adventures and travels. Florence served as Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and Sunday school teacher. At Don’s retirement, the couple moved to Englewood in 1973.
In Englewood, Don and Florence loved all the Florida activities: biking, fishing, boating and swimming. They took advantage of many travel opportunities. Don and Flo were devoted to and spoiled several dachshunds. They loved their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were extremely pleased to celebrate 70 years together.
Florence and Don were active members of Englewood OES 300, as well as Order of Amaranth 73. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Florence and Don enjoyed being involved with the many activities of these organizations. They were also members of Englewood United Methodist Church, and enthusiastically participated in its growth and move to its current location.
Throughout various health issues, Don and Florence were able to remain together at home for many years, and Don was a very dedicated and loving caretaker to Florence. When they needed additional care, they continued to be roommates, under the expert and loving care of the staff of Englewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation. All of her surviving family will always love her and remember how much she loved them.
She is survived by her dear sister, Dorathy Hatfield of Cincinnati; her children, Donna (Michael) Mossman of Englewood, and David (Holly) Schneeman of Sherrills Ford, N.C.; grandchildren, Daniel Mossman of Houston, Texas, Susanne (Nick) Walker of Trinity, N.C., Michelle (Jeremy) Bair of Houston, and Richard (Ruby) Schneeman of Austin, Texas; great-grandchildren, Alexander and Gavin Walker; and all her Hatfield nieces and nephews. Florence was preceded in death by her parents; and her devoted husband of 70 years, Donald.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at the Chapel of Englewood United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota. Fla., with her beloved husband. The family suggests memorial contributions to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 (phone: 941-552-7500).
Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services.