Monday, February 24, 2020


October 10, 1939—August 29, 2019

   ONALASKA - Florence D. Pedersen passed away quietly Thursday, August 29th after an ongoing illness complicated by Alzheimer’s.

   She was born October 10, 1939 in Turlock, California the youngest of three children. Florence graduated from Modesto High School in 1957. A friend introduced her to Edward Pedersen, originally from La Crosse, who was in the Navy. They were married June 19, 1959 and after a short stint in La Crosse, settled in San Leandro, California. During their time in San Leandro, Florence was employed as an accounting clerk for Miller Materials and Shasta Beverages.

   They moved back to the Midwest to Sparta, Wisconsin in 1973 where Florence worked in billing at St. Mary’s Hospital. After divorcing in 1986, Florence continued to live in Sparta and worked in patient billing at St. Francis Hospital and later, Lutheran Hospital.

   Family was very important to Florence and she enjoyed time with her daughter, Lynnette (William) Krenz, and only grandchild, Anna Krenz. She also was a big fan of the La Crosse Catbirds and enjoyed the Fireside dinner theatre in Fort Atkinson. She spent the last two years at the Eagle Crest memory care unit in Onalaska and her family greatly appreciate the staff who treated her so well during this time.

   She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Allan & Ina Collett; brother James (Marion) Collett; sister Edith Collett.

   A private family service will be held in Modesto, California, where Florence will be put to rest with her mother and sister.

   Information and online condolences may be given to the family at

Dickinson Funeral Homes

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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