Florence Rose Preston, age 93, passed away Friday evening, May 4, 2018, at her home in Rapid River.
Florence was born on September 27, 1924, in Neopit, WI, the daughter of William and Ethel (Lindsley) Welch. She was raised in the Escanaba area and attended the Escanaba schools.
Florence was united in marriage to Joseph Preston on June 30, 1942. In 1949, Florence and Joseph relocated to Milwaukee, WI where they resided until moving back to Escanaba in 1962. The couple remained in Escanaba until settling in Rapid River in 1974. Joseph preceded Florence in death in 1979. Florence has resided at her “Little piece of Heaven, Preston’s Paradise” since.
Florence was employed at Eaton Corporation in Gladstone. Florence and Joseph also owned and operated Preston’s House of Portraits together for many years. In years past, Florence enjoyed boating, waterskiing and hunting.
Daughter: Linda (Rev. Ernie) Johnson
Brother: Vern (Bonnie) Valleau
Grandchildren: Kevin “Kain” Johnson, Kelly Johnson,
Kimberly Johnson, Preston (Shellie) Preston Jr.,
Gina (Dave) Kalista
She is further survived by 11 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, William and Ethel, and her husband Joseph, Florence was preceded in death by:
Sons: Preston and Ricky Joe
Sisters: Henrietta and Rose
Grandchild: Keith Preston
Great Grandchild: Kamryn Johnson
Longtime Friend and Companion: James Gonsowski
Family will receive friends on Thursday, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow visiting hours on Thursday, at 5:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone, with Rev. Fr. Brian Gerber officiating. Florence’s family will conduct a time of sharing and remembrance following funeral services. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.