Florence Engebretsen 1
- Born: 17 Dec 1911, Wild Rose, , North Dakota
- Marriage (1): Carl Sprecken on 17 Dec 1931
- Died: 9 Jan 2004, Weyburn, SK, Canada at age 92
Florence Sprecken (nee Engebretsen) was born in Wild Rose, North Dakota to Einar and Ingrid Engebretsen. She grew up on a farm approximately eight miles north of Halbrite with her brother, Leonard. Florence went to the St. Elmo School District (between Halbrite and Griffin) and wrote her final exam in Halbrite. She was always busy playing the piano, skating, having ball games, picnics or riding with the neighbors. On her 20th birthday, December 17, 1931, she married Carl Sprecken in a double wedding with Joe and Florence Barlow in Regina. Florence was a typical 1930's housewife - she worked hard at gardening, cooking and baking. She was noted for her sumptuous meals during those "good old threshing crew days", like the trucker who turned down freshly baked pie for her freshly baked bread and home churned butter! During the war she was involved with Red Cross packages, etc. Florence had a fantastic memory for birthdays and anniversaries. She loved playing scrabble (took pride in her spelling) and dancing. She was involved in UCW and community activities. Any event with friends and family was special to her, the birth of her grandchildren, New Year dinner and suppers, especially with Kruegers and Fahlmans, sports day and baseball games. Florence loved her grandchildren with a passion and every child in Griffin loved to stop by, knowing there would be a treat and conversation. Florence and Carl lived in the Griffin District from 1931 to 1976 when they moved to Weyburn. Carl passed away in June of 1994. With her health failing in 1997, Florence resided in Crocus Villa until approximately one month before her passing, when she was in Weyburn and Regina General Hospitals. Florence passed away on January 9, 2004 at the age of 92. She was predeceased by her parents Einar and Ingrid Engebretsen, her brother and his wife, Leonard and Regina Engebretsen, her husband Carl and an infant son. Florence leaves to mourn son, Keith (Hazel) Sprecken; three grandchildren: Todd (Faith), Jason (Tammy) and Elan (Todd); three great grandchildren: Baron Lawrence, Morgan and Nolan Sprecken, along with numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn with Gary W. Goran officiating. Active pallbearers were: Don Fahlman, Doug Knoblauch, Ross Windrim, Carl LaFrentz, Roy Anderson and Neil Orsted. Honorary pallbearers were: Jean Fahlman, Gladys Knoblauch, Donna Windrim and Janet Orsed. Interment followed in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens, Weyburn. Donations may be made in memory of Florence to the Weyburn General Hospital Equipment Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn.
Florence married Carl Sprecken, son of John VonSprecken and Eliene, on 17 Dec 1931.