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Florence E. Kennebeck -- Wabasha

February 15, 2019

Florence E. Kennebeck, age 101, of Wabasha, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home in Wabasha.

She was born Dec. 3, 1917, on the Witte family farm located in Trout Brook Valley, rural Dumfries, to Leo and Gladys (Borst) Witte. She attended country school in Trout Brook Valley and then attended and graduated from St. Felix Catholic High School in Wabasha in 1935. After high school, she attended one year of secretarial school and worked a few years for Martin Healy in his law office. Florence married Herman Kennebeck June 12, 1940, at St. Felix Catholic Church. After marriage, Florence was a homemaker raising their children. Herman died Dec. 24, 1998.

Florence was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women. She was also a member of the Wabasha American Legion Post 50 Auxiliary. Her interests included collecting, refinishing and caning antique furniture, hunting for agates and polishing them so she could make jewelry pieces, playing cards and baking. She dearly loved her dogs, Emory and Rusty.

She is survived by daughter, Suzanne Kennebeck, Elgin; sons, Douglas Kennebeck (Arlene Snider), Wabasha, and Neil Kennebeck, La Crescent; six grandchildren, Brian Schad (Donna Norrie), Lucinda Schad, Christopher (Ann) Schad, Rebecca (Chad) Kottschade, Ava Kennebeck (Ben Horn) and Ana Kennebeck (Ryan Sands); 10 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kennebeck, Wabasha, and Doris Oswald, Santa Clara, Calif.; one nephew and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; infant daughter, Lucinda; brother, Robert Witte; and two sisters, Dorothy Graner and Gladys Meincke.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha, with the Rev. Father Gregory Parrott and Deacon John Hust officiating. Interment will follow at St. Felix Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Abbott Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and they may call one hour before the Mass Saturday at the church.

Memorials are preferred to St. Elizabeth’s Community Development Foundation, 1200 Fifth Grant Blvd. West, or to St. Felix School, 130 Third St. East, both in Wabasha, MN 55981.

The Abbott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfh.com.