Florence M. Rhoads

Died April 30, 2017


Florence Marie Rhoads, 86, of Comins passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017, at her home in Village Woods, Crete, Ill.

Florence was born in Detroit on June 9, 1930, to Manny and Ethel Jostock. She moved with her family to Comins in 1945 at the age of 15. She married William Harold Rhoads on July 3, 1948. Living in Comins, she and Harold owned and operated the Comins Hardware. The business later became Rhoads T.V. and Appliance when they built a new store and home between Fairview and Mio in 1965. The business was sold in 1983. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Chicago as urban missionaries. Florence managed a church food pantry and assisted the homeless while Harold drove a church school bus and repaired a homeless shelter among many other tasks.

The couple returned to Comins in 1986. Having taken floral classes in Chicago, Florence went to work for Genevieve’s Flowers and later worked with her sister JoAnn when JoAnn purchased the business. In 1989, Harold was suddenly incapacitated due to Guillain-Barre syndrome, which left him severely handicapped. Though suffering from severe back ailments, Florence lovingly cared for him for 19 years. During this time, they moved into the AuSable Valley Apartments in Fairview where Florence worked as the resident manager.

Throughout her life, Florence was an active and committed member of Comins Mennonite Church in various ministries such as a Sunday school teacher for children and adults, various women’s groups and as a lay leader. Through her involvement in church and business she was able to reach out to many individuals in need in the larger community with love and care.

Surviving are her children, Ronald (Charo) of Margate, Fla., Terry (Diane) of Mio, Randy (Debbie) of Williamsburg, Brent (Kelly) of Midland and Diane (Dennis) of Chicago, Ill.; her sisters, Marylou Campbell and JoAnn Reeves of Fort Meade, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Harold Rhoads; her parents; and two brothers, Bud and Ed Jostock.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at Comins Community Church, Comins, on May 5, 2017. The church will be open for visitation from 9:30-11 a.m. Celebration service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment at Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mennonite Disaster Services, mds.mennonite.net/donate/donate-form, or 583 Airport Rd., Lititz, PA 17543. Refer to Lashley Funeral Home of Mio for further details.


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