It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother and stepmother, Florence Kuhl Henkels, on March 10, 2019. Mom would have been 99 on June 25, 2019.
Mom cherished her faith, family and friends and she made sure that they were a part of her daily life. Mom was born in Imogene, Iowa, the daughter of Bernard Maher and Mabel Foutch. She married Leonard Kuhl on August 21, 1943, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Leonard and Florence moved to Dyersville in 1947, when Leonard took a position with First National Bank. Leonard died on June 22, 1969, of a sudden heart attack. Florence married Robert Henkels on June 29, 1987, in Dyersville; Dr. Henkels died March 29, 2000. Mom was a member of St Francis Xavier Basilica, Catholic Daughters, Friends of the Library, Dyersville Historical Society and a Charter member of Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. In her younger years she was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, and very active in church and school activities. Mom enjoyed golf, reading, crossword puzzles and cards, of which Bridge was her favorite, having been a member of the same club for over 70 years.
Mom was employed at various times with McKesson & Robbins in Omaha, Internal Revenue in Des Moines, and in Dyersville at Mercy Hospital, Ertl Company and Ross Insurance Agency.
Mom enjoyed her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have been enriched by her gentleness and wisdom. Her joy in spending time with them was matched by their delight in spending time with her. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as a loving and caring stepmother, step-grandmother and step-great-grandmother.
Mom will be missed by her children: Wayne (Judy) Kuhl of Paradise Valley, Ariz., David Kuhl of Perrysburg, Ohio, Joyce (Gary) Hellickson of Preston Minn., Janet (John) Jamison of Westerville, Ohio; stepchildren James (Carla) Henkels of Dubuque, Iowa, Mary Rhiner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Annie Henkels of Nashville, Tenn., as well as her nine grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, 17 great- and step-great-grand-children and many nieces and nephews.
Mom was preceeded in death by her parents, her sisters (Margaret, Betty, Delores, Mary Bridget), her brother (Bernard), and two infant brothers.
Mom was a true friend and will be missed and cherished forever by those who were fortunate to have known her.
The family would like to acknowledge the dedication and care provided by the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville, and in her final years by the staff at Traditions in Preston, Minn.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa, with visitation preceding at the Kramer Funeral Home at 9 a.m.
Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Beckman High School and/or St. Francis Xavier Grade School in Dyersville, Iowa.