Florence A. Cherry, 80, Duncansville, died Saturday at The Fairways at Brookline, State College.
She was born in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late William L. and Florence A. (McElwee) Sanders. She married Kenneth L. Cherry on June 6, 1953, in Pittsburgh.
Surviving are three children: Debra L. Weible and husband, David, and their daughter, Kristen Weible Jackson and husband, Brandon, all of Pasadena, Md., Dr. Kenneth L. Cherry Jr. and wife, Dr. Melanie Cherry, and their three children, Christina M. Fiore and husband, Dr. Jay, Kenneth L. Cherry III and Allison Maria Cherry, all of State College, and Timothy D. Cherry and wife, Nancy, and their two children, Danielle Meadows and husband, Jason, and Katelyn, all of Duncansville; two great-granddaughters: Mia and Olivia; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years on Oct. 25, 2012; an infant daughter, Mary Ann; two sisters: Jane Harvey and Mary Fisher; and a brother, George.
Florence was a 1951 graduate of Trafford High School, and she graduated from Montefiore Nursing School, Pittsburgh, in 1953 as a registered nurse. She was a nurse at the office of Dr. Neil Delozier in Duncansville until her retirement and previously had worked for many years at both Altoona Hospital and the Van Zandt VA Medical Center. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Altoona Chapter. Prior to moving to Duncansville, she taught Bible school at United Brethren Church in Bellwood.
She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and her great-granddaughters, and loved to cook for family gatherings. As an avid sports fan, she attended Penn State football games with passion and pride for more than 30 years, only missing games when her health would no longer permit her to attend.
A celebration of life service to honor Kenneth and Florence will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville, the Rev. Rich Morris officiating. A reception will follow. A private interment service will be at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, to honor Florence by making contributions to the Kenneth L. Cherry Sr. Fund at Penn State University. The family has established an account for this fund, and the checks should be made payable to Debra Cherry Weible with a memo line for Kenneth L. Cherry Sr. Education Fund. Please send checks to Debra Cherry Weible, 9164 Rolling Meadow Run, Pasadena, MD 21122.
Arrangements are by Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Bellwood.