Florence E. Heffner

August 03, 1914 ‒ November 02, 2008

Haslett, Michigan and Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD~ Florence E. Heffner, age 94, formerly of Clifton Blvd., Mansfield, passed away Sunday morning November 2, 2008 in Haslett, Michigan.

She was born August 3, 1914 in Van Wert to Daniel J. and Julia (Germann) Gunsett, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Wittenburg University in 1936.

Later that year she married Luther R. Heffner, with whom she built a life, a family and a career. For many years Florence worked side-by-side with Luther as co-owner and manager of motels.

In 1964 they moved their family to Mansfield and began operating the Travelodge on Park Avenue West near the busy downtown. Florence also served 15 years as a substitute teacher with Mansfield City Schools.

An active and proud member of the Democratic Party, Florence had served as a Richland County committeeman. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

When time allowed, she enjoyed knitting, sewing and rug-hooking.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Anne & William Weaver of Republic, MI, Karen & Lynwood Beekman of Okemos, MI, Deborah & Richard Garvin of Corvallis, OR, and Diane & James Thomas of Ellicott City, MD; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Marie Gunsett of Worthington; and a brother-in-law and his wife Robert & Pat Heffner of Cridersville.

Her husband Luther preceded her in death in 1974. Also deceased are a brother and sister-in-law Harry & Katie Gunsett, and a brother Luther Gunsett.

The Heffner Family will receive friends Saturday, November 8, 2008 from 9:30 am to 10:30 a.m. in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, where the funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. the Rev. Dawn Donato will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (Former Finefrock Funeral Home) is privileged to serve the Heffner Family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Online condolences are appreciated, and may be made to the Heffner Family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com