Florence FRANCIS Obituary (1936 – 2021) – St. Paul, MN

Age 85, of Minneapolis, MN Passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving kids on December 11, 2021 of ovarian most cancers. Preceded in demise by husband, Joseph, son, Joseph Gregory; her dad and mom, William “Bill” and Edith Marquardt; brothers, William “Bud” and Kenneth “Kenny” Marquardt; sisters, Margaret “Mook” Novak, and Doris Franks. Survived by kids, Susan (Jeffery) Goldstein, Barbara, Jeanne, and John (Jennell); grandchildren, Rachel Goldstein, Benjamin (Jess), Adam (Alexandra) Goldstein, Monica (Harrison), Francis Lloyd, Sarah (Shekhar) Shekhar, Andrew, Brianna and Joe, Joseph Dietrich, Lilly and Anna; nice-grandchildren, Melia, Gavin, Celia, Manoah, and Hugo; her brother, Gene (Rita) Marquardt; sister-in-regulation, Dian “Tommie” Marquardt; many nieces and nephews, loving family and plenty of associates. Florence Frances Marquardt was born at Riverview Hospital on July 10, 1936. She was raised on the West Side of St. Paul, the fifth baby of 6. She attended Emmanuel Lutheran Elementary School and Humboldt High School, the place she made and has saved lifelong friendships with a gaggle of 10 girlfriends they name “Club”. During her college years she labored in her household enterprise; Marquardt’s Bakery on South Robert Street. Flo graduated from highschool at age 16. A younger lady of little means, she sewed her personal fits for her first job on the Minnesota State Capitol. At age 14 she met the love of her life, Joe and married at 18. Together they raised 5 kids, and from a two chair barbershop, constructed a global franchise enterprise within the magnificence trade. The Barbers, Inc. grew over 35 years right into a acknowledged and profitable model with a fame for innovation and excessive efficiency within the franchise trade. Flo misplaced Joe to most cancers in 1994 and stepped into his place as CEO of The Barbers, Inc. till it is profitable sale in 1999. Flo and Joe had been inducted into the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame in 1998. The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation was based in 1994, of which Flo was Chairwoman. The Foundation awards grants yearly to college students pursuing schooling within the haircare trade throughout the nation. Flo was a charismatic particular person with impeccable style. She cherished internet hosting events and celebrating every thing with champagne. Flo cherished exhausting work, folks, excessive style, and the humanities. She was inventive and loved creating household celebrations based mostly on themes. She directed the household in a Christmas Pageant for over 55 years. She was a world-traveler and socialized with associates she made everywhere in the world. Flo was athletic and cherished to be energetic. Her favourite sport was tennis the place she excelled and gained tournaments. She was beneficiant by supporting many non-income and volunteered in Cuba, Mexico, and St. Lucia with Global Volunteers. She adored her kids, grandchildren, and nice-grandchildren. Flo’s religion was sturdy, figuring out Jesus helped her when she misplaced her eldest son, Joey in 1997. At that point, being a member of the Minneapolis Gospel Choir enhanced her religion via music and neighborhood. Flo was deeply grateful to her beloved “Chemo Chicks” who gave her energy and loving help to face the challenges of dwelling with ovarian most cancers. Visitation Tuesday, Dec. 21 beginning at 1:00pm adopted by Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00pm at The Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., MN 55403. Following Mass, will likely be an off-web site reception hosted by the household. Details introduced on the funeral. Masks, proof of vaccine or day earlier than neg. Covid take a look at required. Private interment. Mass will likely be livestreamed via the Basilica of Mary’s web site, https://mary.on-line.church/ Flo’s household is planning a celebration of life occasion July 10, 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations most popular to JFHSF www.joefrancis.com 651-698-0796Published by Pioneer Press from Dec. 15 to Dec. 19, 2021.


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