WARREN - Florence Charlotte Sager Metzendorf, 96, of Warren, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.
She was born March 29, 1917, at home in Warren, the daughter of the late Delbert J. and Ella Martha Miller Sager.
Florence was always known for her sweet smile and kind, caring and friendly demeanor. Through the years, Florence had diverse and interesting volunteer work, employment, talents and activities. As a teen, in 1934, she helped her dad record rainfall, air temperature and wind direction for the U.S. Department of Commerce Weather Bureau Cooperative Observers Meteorological Record for 10 years.
She became a charter member of Calvary Presbyterian Church as a youth, where she served as a deacon and elder and was a member of the Women's Missionary Guild.
She was a 1936 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, where she played in the band. After high school, she also played clarinet in the all-girls band but had to quit when she married because they didn't allow married women. The all-girls band played for many local events and at the Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland. She was a past noble grand and lifetime member of Warren Rebekah Lodge No. 453 and was a member of the UTENDUS Club.
She enjoyed playing the piano, reading, sewing, needlework and traveling with her family. She cooked the best pot roast and Thanksgiving dinners and kept the cookie jar filled with chocolate chip cookies and other homemade treats. She also baked the communion bread for Calvary Presbyterian Church with the same recipe that her mother had used.
After marriage, she chose to take advantage of various work opportunities in between raising three children and caring for her mother. Employment outside the home included a weather reporter at the Vienna airport, inspector at Packard Electric, poll worker for the Board of Elections, inspector/manager at Hull Compass Manufacturing Co., a dietary kitchen worker at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, pharmacy technician at Medical Arts Pharmacy and manager at Fanny Farmer Candy Shop.
Married for more than 69 years to Joseph Metzendorf, they lived independently at their home until they were both in their 90s. Florence had a deep love and interest in her children's lives that carried on to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Along with her husband, Joe, Florence would always find time to be present for church, school, recreational and sports functions that each child was involved in. They also devoted much of their time to sharing knowledge and skills that would enrich each member of their family.
God blessed her with many years of a healthy life, full of caring and love for and from her family. And her family gives praise and thanks to God for His gift of her to her family.
She will be dearly missed by her three children, Mary (Fred) Pilgrim and David (Linda) Metzendorf, both of Warren, and Paul (Barbara) Metzendorf of Howland; her seven grandchildren, Lynette (Jeff) Shirk of Redmond, Wash., Nancy (Nelson) Holt of Wilmington, N.C., Dr. Karen (John) Cline-Parhamovich of Jonesborough, Tenn., Christine (Mike) Bullard of Warren, Jim (Amy) Metzendorf of Galloway, Amy (Glenn Mackin) Metzendorf of Rochester, N.Y., and Dan (Teresa) Metzendorf of Medina; and nine great-grandchildren, Patrick and Morgan Violette of Wilmington, N.C., Zelda Shirk of Redmond, Wash., Ana Parhamovich of Jonesborough, Tenn., Alexander James Metzendorf of Galloway, Krista, Nicole and Michael Bullard of Warren, and Landon Joseph Metzendorf of Medina.
Her husband, Joseph M. Metzendorf, whom she married Nov. 10, 1938, preceded her in death June 24, 2008. Two brothers, twin John Henry Sager and Frank Edward Sager, also both preceded her in death.
The funeral service will be held noon Saturday at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until noon. Pastor David Robert Black will officiate.
Burial will be in Sager Memorial Cemetery in Bristolville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the organ fund at Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at robertsclarkchapel.com.