Florence Louise Jankowski, age 83, died June 4 in Sealy at her home where she was born and had lived for 78 years. Florence was born on Sept. 16, 1932 to Charles and Minnie Zaruba. She graduated from Sealy High School and attended St Joseph’s Nursing School. Florence married Julius Jankowski on Oct. 5, 1952 in Sealy and then blessed with four daughters.
She was well known by the community for her exceptional sewing talent and beautiful crocheting and applique handwork. Whenever the latest Teen magazine was released, Sealy teens would flock to her for her “better than the original”, replica versions of the latest fashions. Florence was also an avid sports fan, rooting for the Sealy Tigers, Texas Aggies, and the Dallas Cowboys. All cable sports channels were a must.
Florence was an avid collector of all things: angels, figurines, dolls, and much more. She was also a collector of life experiences as she traveled throughout Europe, even riding a camel in Egypt. Florence was immensely loved during her 83 years of life by her most prized collection of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Affectionately called “Momma”, “Granny”, and “Granny Flo”.
Florence was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister Sylvia Bobo (Billy). She is survived by her brothers Lawrence Zaruba (Clara), Franklin Zaruba (Jo Ann) and sisters Charleen Griffin (Jimmy) and Ginger Korolak (Ron).
Florence is survived by her four daughters, Bridget Kieschnick and husband Marc of New Braunfels, Jennifer Pless and husband Gary of Sealy, Sandy Carp and husband David of Katy and Nancy Hurst of Katy; grandchildren, Kandace Dusek and husband Ryan of Katy, Kristal DeWitt and husband Bart of New Braunfels, Korinna Holbein and husband Robert of New Braunfels, Marcus Kieschnick and wife Mary of New Braunfels, Nathan Pless and wife Haley of Bellville, Aaron Pless and wife Lindsey of Cypress, Janis Lapham and husband Brian of Sealy, Charlotte Carp of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Christopher Carp and wife Kelly of Raleigh North Carolina, Justin Hurst of Sealy and Matthew and Clayton Hurst of Katy; and great-grandchildren Austin, Sydni, and Karli Dusek, Jamie and Reed DeWitt, Juliette, Annie, and Bridget Holbein, William and Coleman Kieschnick, Peyton and Adam Pless, Jencyn and Harry Pless, Miranda and Weston Lapham and Raleigh Carp.
Florence’s soul left this earth for her Heavenly eternity with a collection of love surrounding her. In her final days she was at peace, and would sleep with a smile on her face. When asked if she was seeing glimpses of heaven, she would nod her head and keep smiling.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice of Bryan or Immaculate Conception Church in Sealy.