Florence “Flo” Arlene Faust

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Florence “Flo” Arlene Faust, 89, Seymour, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Flo was born February 2, 1928, at home on a farm located near Big Rock, Illinois to Ervan and Anna (Souders) Maves. While growing up on the farm she learned many of life’s lessons and developed a fondness for Barred Rocks chickens and Jersey cows. Flo was especially close to her grandparents and spent the majority of her childhood with them. Growing up during the Great Depression she recalled sugar and gasoline rationing, and hog prices so low they were not worth shipping to market. During this period she learned thrift, frugality, and conservation, which she practiced her entire life. Flo was in charge of the family finances and checkbook.

Flo was a very bright, straight-A student and was allowed to skip a grade level. After graduation, she joined the workforce, supporting the war effort. She worked at Miller, Bryant, and Pierce. While at work she met returning WWII veteran John Edward Faust, the love of her life. It was love at first sight. After a brief dating period, they were married on June 28, 1947, in Aurora, Illinois. Flo and John were inseparable and built a rich and wonderful life together.

The couple began their life together with the purchase of their first home on Howard Avenue in Aurora, Illinois. Flo remembers their first refrigerator replacing the obsolete “ice box”. They added on to the home for a growing family, a son and two daughters. Later they moved to a larger home on Orchard Road. They shared a love of farming and eventually moved to Cecil in 1972 to pursue that dream.

Flo loved to cook and attributed her skills to those taught to her by her grandmother, Laura (Lense) Maves. She will be ever remembered by her family for her famous chop suey dish, which she often brought when she came to visit. Her piecrusts were always flaky and tender.

Flo and John loved to visit family and friends, often playing pinochle when they did. The two also loved to dance. She and John, along with her cousin, Allie and her husband Al, enjoyed the weekly Moose Lodge dance where they would dance the night away.

Flo was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and dear friend to so many people. She was an incredibly kind and giving soul, lending a hand when help was needed, whether that was a cup of sugar, medical advice, or a listening ear. She could strike up a conversation with any stranger and in short order know their entire life story. In short, she loved people and they loved her. She will forever be in our hearts and dearly missed by all whom she touched.

She is survived by her three children: James Edward (Karen) Faust of Lake Wales, FL; Linda (Roger) Stansbury of Albuquerque, NM, and Lou Ann (David) Lamoreaux of Watersmeet, MI; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She is further survived by Al and Laverne Spera, Corrine and Bill Clever, Shirley Hoehn, and Verian Cassell.

Her loving husband of 58 years, John Edward Faust, and a brother Lavern Maves preceded Flo in death.

A special thanks goes out to little Jenny and Julie from Forest Glen Assisted Living in Seymour for helping Flo feel like she was family and at home for the past two years. More thanks goes out to the wonderful nurses and doctors, in particular, Jenny, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay as well as all of the wonderful staff at Rennes Nursing Home who took such good care of Flo during her last few weeks. For the past six months, all of these wonderful people have treated Flo like family, ensuring she received the best care and compassion as she waged her battle for good health.

Private family services were held.