A funeral Mass for Florence McGuire of Bancroft was held Nov. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Bancroft with the Rev. Steven McLoud officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Florence Rose McGuire was born April 30, 1919, in Seneca, the youngest of five children of Ignatius and Julia (Keller) Engesser. She grew up near Seneca, graduating high school in 1937. Prior to marriage she worked at Kennedy Department Store in Bancroft.
Florence married Clarence Raymond McGuire on June 30, 1953, at St. John Catholic Church in Bancroft. They farmed in the Bancroft area, and she was very involved in farming, driving tractors and doing fieldwork. In the earlier years, Florence enjoyed fishing and even hunting. She also enjoyed gardening, ceramics and woodworking. She loved all sports, especially following her two grandchildren through all their activities. She served as a caretaker to many, and she was a very faithful person, active in St. John Catholic Church.
Florence became a resident of Accura Healthcare Center in Bancroft in February of 2011, and she received exceptional care there until her death. Florence died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the age of 100.
She is survived by her son Patrick McGuire and his wife Sheila of Bancroft; two grandchildren, Hallie Nerem and her husband Kasey of Lone Rock and Shaun McGuire and his wife Andrea of Mason City; six great-grandchildren, Winston, Bennett and Lydia McGuire and Knox, Jaxon and Daphne Nerem; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Clarence on July 8, 1972; three brothers, Leo, Thomas and Daniel Engesser; a sister Mary Schumacher; and a special nephew Father Eugene Schumacher.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.