Florence Wagner, 98, of Vermillion, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.
Florence Eidem was born March 3, 1914 in rural Elk Point, on the Eidem Homestead to Gilbert and Mary (Jensen) Eidem. She graduated from the Elk Point High School and married Earl Wagner on June 10, 1936, and they farmed in the Elk Point area until retiring in 1976.
Her husband died in 1985 and Florence moved to Vermillion. She was a member of the Ahlsborg Lutheran Church and took great pride in her work in the church. When the church closed, they both joined the Brule Creek Lutheran Church. She was also active in the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center.
She loved preparing Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for friends and relatives on the farm. She liked to go to their retreat on the Missouri river with her husband where they entertained neighbors with coffee and cookies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; a brother, Herbert Eidem; eight sisters, Alma Wagner, Blanche Eidem, Gladys Cole, Alice Guy, Mildred Martinson, Grace Holscher, Bernice Cwyner and Marjorie Walsh.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Brule Creek Lutheran Church rural Elk Point, with burial following in the Ahlsborg Lutheran Cemetery, rural Elk Point. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. hansenfuneralhome.com.