Florence J. Keltz, 101, of Wooster passed away Monday, February 27, 2023 at Danbury Woods.
She was born on August 18, 1921 in Wooster, the daughter of Sabatino and Flavia Gasbarre Santangelo. On June 26, 1946 she married Donald E. Keltz, who preceded her in death in 2004.
Florence had worked as a sales associate for Freedlanders Department Store for 7 years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Lamplighters Auxiliary. Florence helped fund dinners at church. She enjoyed volunteering as an election poll worker. Florence was a neighborhood “Mom” but mostly she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters Karen Ann (Stephen) Smith of Corvallis, OR, Bonita Louise (Roger, decd.) Roman of Hayesville and Donna Jean (James) Bowman of Wooster; grandchildren Michelle (Kevin) Joyner, Eric (Stacey) Smith, Adam (Ramona) Smith, Jennifer (Garet) Luebbert, Diana (Cody) Winchell, Roger (Valerie) Roman, Jr., Andrea Roman, Jodie (Gil) Drake, Mindy (Rob) Henderson and Stacy (Chris) Safarik; 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Frederick Santangelo, James Santangelo, Joseph Santangelo Farrell, Ray Gasbarre, Ben Gasbarre, Father Francis Gasbarre, Carl Casper, Joe Gasbarre; sisters Mary Santangelo, Mary Lou Conn and Virginia Del Propost; and 2 great grandsons, Tyler and Travis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 6, 2023 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster with Father Stephen Moran officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Friends will be received Sunday, March 5, 2023 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691 or Ohio’s Hospice Lifecare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
We are so sorry for your loss. She was a great person and will be missed. You all are in our prayers.
Karen, I remember you from our St Mary School days. Your mother was sweet and kind. Thoughts and prayers with you and your extended family.
Sorry for your loss. Your mother lived a long and great full life. I have fond memories coming to your mother and fathers home when we were growing up together
I will remember Florence as a kind and generous person, always had her hair done, and dressed to a “t”. She was classy, but warm and down to earth. A permanent fixture at Lamplighters….always donating her time. She was a lovely woman, and now she is home with her Lord!
Karen, Bonnie, Donna…my deepest sympathy to you all. It’s alway difficult to lose your parents, but may the many years of fond memories sustain you through these difficult times. God bless you all.
Please accept my condolences for the loss. I am the grandson of Carl and Mary Casper and I remember Aunt Florence and my grandmother had a great friendship. We visited her and Uncle Don whenever we were in Wooster. I wish I could be at the funeral.
In your hands, Oh Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest. The old order has passed away: welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping, no pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.