Obituary: Florence Grunert

Florence L. Grunert, 101, died on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at Newton Presbyterian Manor. She was born on Jan. 14, 1915, in Newton to Elizabeth (Krahbiel) and Ernest Ritter.

On June 8, 1939, Florence married Carl Grunert, and together they raised their family in Newton. Two children were born into the family, Patricia and Richard.

Florence was a member of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church of Newton. She also served as longterm officer as beauceant for the Supreme Assembly, Social Order of Eastern Star. Florence also was a member of The White Shrine of Jerusalem of Wichita.

Florence Grunert
Florence Grunert

Preceding her in death were her parents; her spouse Carl; two children Patricia L. Smith and Richard Wayne Grunert; two brothers, Carl and Fred Ritter; one sister, Helen M Henry; niece, Jolene Hiebert; and one great-nephew, Justin Henry.

Survivors include nephew, Gary and wife Cherie Henry, Coppell, Texas; nephew, Harold Hiebert; six great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

Special thank you to the Newton Presbyterian Manor and staff and Heart and Soul Hospice during her last year with them.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.

Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

Memorial funds may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Society, all in care of the funeral home.

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