Age 97 passed away Tuesday January 28, 2014 at Sherman Hospital. Florence was a lifetime resident, born and raised in Elgin Illinois, to the union of Fred and Frieda (Schroeder) Begalka on May 11, 1916. Florence worked at Illinois Bell Telephone Company, The Elgin National Watch Factory and later retired from Gail Borden Public Library. She was a proud member of St. Johns Lutheran Church of Elgin Illinois.

Florence was a genealogical enthusiast, she enjoyed discovering her family history and uncovering mysteries of the past. In her free time she loved to travel, especially trips with her sister explore the western states.

She is survived by her beloved sister Dorothy Begalka and many cousins.  Proceeded in death by her infant brother.

Visitation will be Monday February 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM, Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St. Elgin IL 60120. Call 847-741-1128 for information. Officiating Pastor Hannibal Frederich of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Burial proceeding services at South Elgin Cemetery, South Elgin, Illinois at 12:00 PM

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Elgin.

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