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Florence L. Kempf
February 21, 1929 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Florence L. Kempf, 94, of Washington, passed away on January 24, 2024. Mrs. Kempf, daughter of the late Casper Gass and Hilda nee Haltenhof, was born on February 21, 1929, in Burksville, IL. On September 18, 1948, she was united in marriage to Earl Kempf in Floraville, IL.
Florence loved hosting her family for holiday meals and was known for her cherry and peach custard pies, date nut bread, and holiday treats. She was a dedicated vegetable gardener for many years. She derived much joy from her labor in her flower beds; her skill at growing Africa violets was unprecedented. She was the cub-scout leader for her son. She worked various factory jobs in St. Louis, before moving to Washington and working in the school cafeteria and later in various local factories. Her grandchildren remember her for her fishing, games of 500 Rummy, wiffleball and croquet, and for being the bowling project leader in the 4-H club. She was known by her family, community, and employers for her hard work and conscientiousness; she was always ready with a hammer and toolbox in tow. She was an active member at St Peter’s United Church of Christ for 65 years, where she participated in Women’s Fellowship, Quilting, and volunteered in the kitchen. She bowled on many leagues at the Washington Bowling Alley. She enjoyed bus trips, cruises, and travel to Germany and China. She loved the family dogs and her cat. She played bingo twice a week at the Senior Center. She loved recounting stories of growing up on a farm and her responsibilities in the fields and in the kitchen. She was proud of her first job off the farm as a telephone operator. She enjoyed a hamburger and root-beer at a picnic table watching the Missouri River scenery.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl Kempf and four siblings, Lucille Gass who died in infancy, Ruth Kaemper, Paul Gass, Marvin Gass, and her great-grandson Elliot Sage Kempf.
Among her survivors are her children, William A. Kempf and wife Andrea of Washington and Lynn M. Kempf of Hazelwood; siblings, William Gass of Ballwin, IL and Earl Gass of Belleville, IL; grandchildren, Ken Bumpus, Laura Schaefer and husband Heath, Leo Kempf and wife Rachel, Lillian Kempf, and Lena Eyermann and husband Ben; great-grandchildren, Lucy, Lincoln, Lola, Lazlo Schaefer, Henry, Oliver, Lila Kempf, Samson and Stella Eyermann; loved ones and friends.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, from 9-11 a.m. at St. Peter’s U.C.C. in Washington, with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. Peter’s U.C.C. Washington.
Arrangements in care of Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, Washington.