Florence Tellinghuisen, 1937-2016

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Florence “Flo” Ann (Voegeli) Tellinghuisen, 79, of Casa Grande, Arizona, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

Flo was born Jan. 9, 1937, at home. She was the daughter of Edwin and Loretta (Bubs) Voegeli. Flo was born during a South Dakota blizzard on a farm north of Beresford, South Dakota. The doctor came in a sled pulled by a team of horses. Flo’s family moved to Alcester, South Dakota, where she grew up and graduated from Alcester High School.

Florence Tellinghuisen

Florence Tellinghuisen

After graduation Flo moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she met Dennis “Denny” Tellinghuisen. They were married Feb. 14, 1958.

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Flo held various positions in real estate and sales while they lived in Sioux Falls. In 1984 she and Denny moved to Albert Lea, where she worked in sales. After retiring in 1998, Flo and Denny worked for Laborers for Christ, building church related buildings in places across the country for eight years. Starting in 2006, Flo and Denny spent summers at Hart Ranch in Rapid City, South Dakota, where Flo worked as a front gate attendant. In the winter they stayed in Casa Grande and in 2015 became permanent residents of Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort .

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Denny of Casa Grande; son, Darwin (Dawn), Aurora, Illinois; daughter, Dawn (Todd) Bechtold of Sioux Falls; grandchildren Danielle (Jon) Funk of Montgomery, Illinois, Derek Tellinghuisen of Aurora, Tony Zimmerman of Sioux Falls; and great-granddaughter Addison Funk of Montgomery, Illinois; brother, Leroy (Karen) Voegeli of Sioux Falls; sisters-in-law Marlene Tate of Sedona, Arizona, Faye (Bill) Moody of Alexandria; brother-in-law ,Morrie (Sharon) Tellinghuisen of Slayton; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends throughout the United States.

A wake will take place Friday with family present from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Casa Grande. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Casa Grande.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment, 1428 N. Pueblo Drive, Casa Grande, AZ 5122.