FLORINE E. ESSLINGER ~
~ Passed away May 9th, 2009 at the age of 92. Florine was born in Springfield, Illinois, to Thomas Robson and Elizabeth Sieman Robson on April 6th, 1917. She spent many Winters in Islamorada, Florida Keys, with her son and family. Florine was most loved for her sweet spirit, love for her family and the delight she shared with all children. She dedicated almost twenty years to the many children she touched by driving a school bus in Springfield. She will be missed by those with whom she stayed in touch over the years by writing letters, sending cards and small gifts to one another. She was loved by many.
She is survived by her only son, John S. Esslinger and his wife, Patricia Stanley-Esslinger; grandchildren K. Spring Stanley-Rojas(Jeff Loving), W. Skye Stanley (Shannon) and J. Teak Esslinger; great-grandchildren Alexander, Carlie, and Chloie, and, her ‘forever’ friend Patty Valdes and daughter Georgina, all residents of Islamorada, Florida Keys.
She is also survived by her brother, Thomas Robson, and sister-in-law Doris Robson; her beloved nieces Cathy Robson , Carol Cusamano (Charlie) and Nancy Mills (John); June Defrates, Dolores Holesinger (Harry), Norma Snodgrass and Doris Herrick and Earl Haynes. She often spoke of her many great and great-great nieces and nephews included in ‘The Families’ Robson, Esslinger, Cusamano, Mills, Kornfeld, Haynes, Davenport, and Holesinger.
Her husband, John E. Esslinger predeceases her, along with four brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be held from 2 ” 4 pm on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at Staab Funeral Home with Funeral Service to follow at 4pm with Pastor Brent Mitchell officiating. The family will gather at Staab Funeral Home the next morning at 9am on Monday, May 18, 2009, departing at 9:30 am. A Graveside service will be held at 10am at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
A Memorial Service will be held in Islamorada, Florida Keys, at a later date.
Donations can be made in memory of Florine to ‘Voices for Florida Keys Children’, P.O. Box 2018, Islamorada, Florida Keys, 33036 or any other charity of choice.
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