Florence Ann Svec, 80
Florence Ann Svec, 80, of Lowry, died Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at Knute
Nelson Nursing Home in Alexandria.
Mass of Christian Burial was held today, Monday, Oct 5, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, rural Lowry (Lake
Reno), with Father Roger Thoennes officiating. Interment was in St. John Nepomuk Catholic Cemetery, rural Lowry (Lake Reno). Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Florence Ann Chan, daughter of Louis and Mary (Brosh) Chan, Sr., was born on March 15, 1929, at home in Lake Mary Township, Douglas County. She grew up on the family farm by Lake Mary and attended District #14 Sunny Slope Country School through the eighth grade. She was a lifelong member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. On July 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Walter F. Svec at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. They were the fi rst couple to celebrate their wedding in the newly rebuilt church. They made their home on the farm Walter inherited from his grandparents located north of Lowry. Their marriage was blessed with four children, RoseMary, David, RuthAnn and Andrew. Florence Ann was a typical farm wife, helping Walter farm and caring for her family. In 2000, when Walter was no longer able to farm, the couple moved to Lowry to make their home. Walter died in 2006.
Florence Ann belonged to the Ladies Guild at St. John Nepomuk Church, the
Lowry American Legion Auxiliary, Alexandria
VFW Auxiliary and the Lowry Sr. Citizens group. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting baptism afghans and stocking caps, going to garage sales, bingo and lottery scratch offs.
Florence Ann had a love for sewing and crafting and had a passion for fabric.
She spent countless hours cutting quilt
squares and sewing them in patterns to bless her family with her quilts on special occasions such as births, confi rmations,
graduations and weddings. She could never pass a piece of material without touching it and double knit was her fabric
of choice for her quilts. From painted rocks to cut out woodpeckers to felt bunnies, whatever caught her eye she would go
home and re-create in her own style. If a contest were held for the person with the most fabric on-hand, Florence Ann could
have won hands down.
Florence Ann is survived by her four children, RoseMary (Ron) Brezina of
Alexandria, David (Janet) Svec of Lowry,
RuthAnn (Dickie) Powell of Anchorage, Alaska, and Andrew Svec of Crookston; 15 grandchildren, Kevin (Laurie) Brezina,
Brian (Danielle) Brezina, John Brezina, Nathan Brezina, Dan (Nancy) Brezina, Rhonda (Brent) Howard, Laura Brezina,
Denise (Ken) Engle, Jedediah Svec, Dawn (David) Jenson, Jeremiah Svec, Ann Svec, Sara Syverson (Matt McAdams),
Adam Syverson and she considered Kelly Cole as one of her grandchildren as well; 13 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Joseph
and Amanda Brezina, Tyler and Austin Brezina, Gabriela Syverson, Caden and Dylan Howard, John and Kendyll Jenson,
Zachary Brezina, Hannah Brezina, and also considered Connor Cole as one; her sister, Rose Marie and her husband, Myron
Berglin of Alexandria; her brother, Bud and his wife, Tina Chan of Alexandria; and her sisters-in-law, Dorothy Chan,
Theresa Svec and Helen and her husband, Edgar Hammer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter in 2006; a
sister, Mary Jane Hvezda; and two brothers,
Bernard Chan and Louis Chan, Jr.