Florence Eilers

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Florence Anna Mae “Flossie” (Ratterman) Eilers was called to her heavenly home on June 21, 2017, at 100 years young.

Funeral services were Monday, June 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries. Visitation was before services at the church.

Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Flossie was born on May 17, 1917, in Dubuque to Wilhelmina (Fest) and Theodore Ratterman. 

Florence attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Dubuque through the eighth grade, graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy and furthered her education at Clark College. On Sept. 13, 1941, Florence was united in marriage to Eulogius “Bud” Eilers at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. Together they were blessed with seven children and celebrated 50 years of marriage before Bud’s passing in 1992. She worked in the book binding department for the Telegraph Herald for a few years before raising her children became her full time job.

In her 100 years, Flossie saw the world change in many ways, but always maintained a deep faith in God and close relationships with her family and friends. She was a kind and generous soul who volunteered for many causes over the years. Flossie loved to play bingo and always enjoyed a spirited game of cards. She had a sharp mind, and was a fierce competitor, even in her final days. Flossie was a long time member of the St. Anne’s Society, enjoyed quilting with the St. Mary’s Ladies, was a member of the Pinochle Club and loved tending to her vegetables and flowers.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Jim (Mary Ellen) Eilers of Hamilton, Mont.; Richard (Jeannie) Eilers and Theodore (Doris) Eilers, both of Guttenberg; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her daughters, Sue Diesch and Barb Eilers; her sons, Thomas and John Eilers; grandsons, Chuck Eilers and Travis Bolsinger; great-grandson, Austin Gerner; seven siblings, Freda, Joe, Daniel, John, Ruth and Leo Ratterman and Rose Esser. 

In lieu of flowers and other styles of sympathy, Flossie had requested that memorials be given to either St. Mary’s Catholic School or the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in her honor.

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