Florence L. Stuckenbruck

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Florence L. Stuckenbruck

Florence L. Stuckenbruck, 84, formerly of rural Reynolds, had her homecoming into heaven on Sept. 3, 2010, departing her family from her home in Fort Collins, Colorado. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 301 East Drake Road, Fort Collins, with the Rev. Nancy Boswell officiating. Please visit to share memories of Flo and sign the online guest book.

Florence was born July 21, 1926, to Benjamin and Ellena Burrows, on the family farm near Buffalo Prairie. Later the family moved to a farm nearby at Hamlet. Florence graduated from Reynolds High School in 1944 and then attended Iowa State College (later Iowa State University), where she received a bachelor of science degree in 1949 in institution management.

Florence worked as a dietician and food service supervisor in a cafeteria at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where she met Robert Stuckenbruck of Jamestown, North Dakota. The two were married at Hamlet Presbyterian Church on June 10, 1951.

The couple moved to Bismarck, N.D. that year, and spent several summers in Denver as Robert worked on his master's degree at the University of Denver. It was there that Florence's dad, a talented carpenter, approached them with the idea of building a cabin in the national forest near Rocky Mt. National Park. That cabin then became the family vacation home for them and their children, and the center of many family gatherings and activities.

Florence distinguished herself in Bismarck as a watercolor artist, teaching lessons, doing commission work, and coordinating the Religious Arts Festival at First Presbyterian Church, where she and her family were members. She carried that special talent to Colorado when she moved in 1990 to Fort Collins, where she became known for the hand-painted cards she designed and gave to people in the hospitals. She also volunteered regularly at her church.

Florence is now safe and sound in the company of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who she loved and served so well. She is survived by her sons, Larry, Boulder, Colo., and Paul, Aurora, Colo.; daughter Ruth, Fort Collins, Colo., grandchildren, Andy and Tommy Reese and Luke and Matthew Stuckenbruck; two nephews and several cousins.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Benjamin L. Burrows. Memorials may be sent to Christ United Methodist Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.