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Florence Ann Gudenkauf

Seneca, KS

09/12/1910 - 12/16/2003

Florence Ann Gudenkauf, 93, of Seneca, KS, died Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at a Seneca care home.

She was born September 12, 1910, on the Tanking homestead 3-1/2 miles east of Seneca, the daughter John and Emma Luckeroth Tanking. Before she was married, she helped at home and did domestic work in Seneca homes. On February 21, 1933, she married Raphael “Ray” Gudenkauf at Seneca. They farmed for six years near Corning and other farms in the Nemaha County area before moving to their farm east of Seneca. They celebrated their 25th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Ray died June 18, 1981, and she moved to Seneca in November of 1981.

Mrs. Gudenkauf was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Altar Society and the Church Quilting Group, all in Seneca. She crocheted and made Afghans for her 38 grandchildren.

Survivors are six daughters and spouses, Mary Grace and Hank Elder of Overland Park, KS, Gladys Koelzer of Seneca, Marilyn and Dave Carlson of Seneca, Elsie and Glenn Stueve of Hiawatha, KS, Phyllis and Cletus Broxterman of Baileyville, KS, Joyce and Gene Klingele of Basehor; 38 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Marie Stueve on March 10, 1991 and Robert (Beau) Myer on November 25, 1990; a son-in-law, Melvin Koelzer; two brothers, Alfred and Anthony Tanking; and three sisters, Clara Burdick, Lorene Gress and Rose Gudenkauf.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 AM Friday at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Seneca. Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 PM Thursday at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

Memorials may be given for Sts. Peter & Paul School, and sent in care of the family.

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