Norine M Florence

Date of Birth

Mar 28,1917

Date of Death

Jan 31,2013

NORINE MARIE FLORENCE, age 95, of Big Rock, passed away on January 31, 2013, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at McAuley Manor in Aurora. BORN: She was born March 28, 1917, the daughter of Nickolas and Ada (Benton) Nickels in Aurora, IL. Norine grew up in Blackberry Township on what is now known as Lorang Rd. on the family farm. She attended local schools and graduated from Kaneville High School with the class of 1934. Following graduation Norine became her mother’s right hand in the home until she married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Florence. On October 8, 1936 they were united in marriage in the parsonage of the Batavia Methodist Church. They made their home on the Florence family farm near Troxel until 1939, when they moved to the present family farm near Big Rkock. Over the years they welcomed Janice, Robert, Ronald, Susan and Linda into their lives. She devoted her life to raising her children and caring for their home. She was a member of the Aurora Mosse Lodge for many years. LIFE NOTES: Norine had many activities she enjoyed that kept her busy over the years. In the early years she would make her own butter, cottage cheese, and jam. After the children moved out she and Wayne would spend evenings dancing or gathering their friends to play a game of Euchre. They traveled many miles together over the years, but the one special place they traveled to was the family’s cottage in Door County. Although she had many interests, nothing meant more to her than her family. She always supported her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in anything they did. Whether it was attending a basketball, baseball, or soccer game or just being there when they ran across the driveway to greet them at the door. SURVIVORS: She is survived by her children:Janice (Edward) O’Connell of Sugar Grove,,Robert Florence of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Ronald Florence of Las Vegas, NV, Susan Florence and Linda (Gary) Bellak, both of Big Rock;Eight grandchildren:Edward (Debbie) O’Connell Debbie (Tim) TerresColleen (Steve) PaulsenSherry (Joe) Hernandez Michelle (Clint) Phillips Bradley (Candi) Florence Grant (Natasha) Bellak and Kaitlin Bellak;Tweleve Great-Grandchildren:Erin (T.C.) Watson and their children Hunter and LilyEmily O’ConnellScott and Eric Paulsen Steven and Mark TorresJamie (Gabe) SchlenkerLaura GuzickRiley, Kyle and Blake PhillipsArianna FlorenceTwo Step-Great Grandchildren:Brent and BrittanyOne brother Gilbert (Louise) NickelsShe is preceded in death by her husband Wayne Florence, one brother Keller (Leota) Nickels, a sister Jean Nickels, a sister-in-law Elsie Nickels and a daughter-in-law, Marion Florence. VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be held on Sunday February 3, 2013 from 1-5 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Norine’s life will be on Monday February 4, 2013 11am at the funeral home. MEMORIAL A memorial has been established in her name to benefit the Big Rock Fire Department and the American Heart Association : Checks may be made to the "Name Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Visitation will be held on Sunday February 3, 2013 1-5pm at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Norine’s life will be on Monday February 4, 2013 at 11am at the funeral home.

Interment will follow the service at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville, IL

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