Florence J. Heine, age 96 of Yankton, South Dakota died on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at her residence.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM, on Monday, July 3, 2017 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with the Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in rural St. Helena, Nebraska. Visitation is from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 2, at St. Benedict Catholic Church with a Vigil Service at 4:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Monday one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Pallbearers will be Don Karras, Jeremy Heine, Ryan Smith, Shawn Heine, Tony Heine, Christopher Talsma, Robbie Heine, and Garrett Heine. Honorary pallbearers are her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Florence was born on October 17, 1920 in St. Helena, Nebraska to Henry and Mary (Temme) Becker. As a teenager, Florence moved to Chicago, IL and worked at the defense plant. After returning home, she married Gerhard Heine on October 16, 1944 and lived on the family homestead for many years. After Gerhard's death in 1969, Florence stayed involved with the family farming and cattle operation, later settling in Yankton, SD.
Florence was an active member of Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton. She was a past member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Altar Society in St. Helena, NE. She was also active in the following organizations: The Deanery of the Arch Diocese of Omaha, a member of Cursillo (Christians Who Encounter Christ), The Saint Isidore Club, Rosary Club, Catholic Daughters, Funeral Committee, Women's Club, Muffin Ladies, and volunteered at the Avera Majestic Bluffs and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital as an Extraordinary Minister.
Florence had a deep passion for faith and family and enjoyed entertaining guests in her home, these were just a few of her many treasures. Throughout the years she was active in the Red Hat Ladies, Questers, the Yankton Area Arts Association, and numerous card clubs. She never missed an opportunity to watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers with many friends and family. She always made her home a gathering place for all.
Florence is survived by her three daughters and four sons, Gary (Arlene) Heine of Yankton, SD, Gene (Aggie) Heine of Yankton, SD, Dion Karras (the late Chris Karras) of Sioux Falls, SD, Ron Heine (fiance Connie Potts) of Yankton, SD, Tom (Pat) Heine of Yankton, SD, Cindy (Robert) Smith of Mission Hill, SD, Annette (Don) Talsma of Fredericksburg, VA; daughter-in-law, Janet (wife of the late Steve) Heine of Fordyce, NE; 25 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews on both the Becker and Heine families.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerhard Heine; sons, Richard Heine and Steve Heine; daughter, Mary Heine; sister, Leone Becker; three brothers, Henry Becker, Alphons (Mac) Becker and Julius Becker; and son-in-law, Chris Karras.
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I was sad to see Florence had passed away. It was such a joy to see her at mom's funeral and brought back many wonderful years of sitting behind the family at church. May you all know that she will truly be missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers for all.
Growing up it was such a pleasure seeing the bond between my mom and Florence and hearing their laughter during their canning sessions. What a great example to all who knew her. My sympathies to your family.
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Florence. She was a great lady and card player. My prayers and support are with all of you.
Rev. Michael D. Schmitz
We are so very sorry for your loss.
Rod, Jana and RJ McCloud
My sympathy and prayers at this time of loss. May God grant Florence eternal rest and give you peace of heart as you grieve her death.
Sister Aidan Bourke
It saddens me to hear about Florence's death. When I lived in Yankton, Florence, Jean Ann, and myself had some great times together. May she rest with the Lord.
Renee Jansen Hoile
Thinking of all of you at this time of loss. May you be comforted by the memories and love shared with Florence. Prayers for comfort.
Peggy (Wiepen) Mach
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Florence. I'll never forget her opening her home to me. You all made me so welcomed that I couldn't wait to come with Dion and visit. God has received one beautiful person in Heaven. She was a Angel down here with us I can't imagine what kind of Angel she make in Heaven. Dion Thank you for inducing her to me. I love you with all my heart.
Florence's legacy is her family.... and the grand memories created together. We offer our condolences in her passing.
Jane and Max Hawk
Thoughts and prayers to the Heine family, Florence was a wonderful lady.
Hal and Cindy (Heimes) Somer
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jim Vavra & Patty Vavra
Our deepest sympathy to all the family in the loss of Florence. A wonderful lady!!
Jim and Joani Arens
Our sympathy goes to the family. The Heine family were old neighbors. Peace.
Robert & Norma Bender
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I am so saddened to learn of Florence's passing. She was a special friend to our mother Bridget since grade school. They shared many happy moments and always knew how to have a great time together. She was a kind and dear soul and gave spiritually to many. She was one of the best dressed women in Yankton. :) Sending condolences to the family.
Jan Rupiper Spielman
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