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Obituary for Florence Munter (Rowe)

Florence  Munter (Rowe)
Berlin-Florence R. Munter, 88, of 11 South Street, died peacefully Friday, November 25th, 2016 at her home in Berlin after a long affliction from Alzheimer’s Disease. She was the widow of Mr. Andrew A. Munter, to whom she was married for over 61 years. She is survived by her three children, Florence Munter and her husband, David R. Dahl of Denver, CO; Andrew H. Munter and his wife, Theresa Callahan of Kennett Square, PA; and Edward M. Munter, currently posted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and his wife Melissa Barlow of Berlin. Florence leaves four grandchildren, Lt. Cmdr. David M. Schaller, currently serving aboard the USS Carney deployed in the Mediterranean & his wife Lindsey, posted in Rota, Spain, D. Isabel Munter of Berlin, Michael Munter of Philadelphia, PA, and Jason Munter and his fiancé, Amanda Pulaski of Springfield, PA. She also leaves close nephew Robert J. Munter, his wife Beth and their four children; and niece Sarah Costa & family, children of the late Robert W. Munter.
Florence was born on August 28th, 1928, in Winthrop, the only child to the late Arthur W. Rowe & Isabel Crooks. She was raised during the Great Depression by her mother and grandmother, M. Lillian Crooks of Hopkinton. Florence was surrounded by many relatives from the Adams, Colburn, Crooks, Guy and Fisk descendant families living in and around the Boston metropolitan areas. Our grandmother, Isabel C. Rowe, an exemplary school teacher & principal in her own right, was the catalyst for our mother's interest in teaching children & helping others. One of the endearing mother/daughter activities that was shared between them, was their love for the outdoors with yearly attendance at the Fleur de Lis Camp for girls located in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, where young women were able to learn to be independent in many of the ways now taken for granted in today’s society. Florence earned medals in both archery & sharpshooting along with horseback riding, canoeing & many other outdoor activities. She established lifelong friendships with many of her fellow classmates that remained for decades as part of an annual pilgrimage for alumni luncheons at the camp. In total, between Isabel & Florence their combined dedication to the Fleur de Lis organization spans almost 50 years. Florence graduated from Clinton High School, class of 46, where she met her future husband Andrew. She attended Fitchburg State College where she earned her BS in Education with honors in 1950. Again, while at FSC, she made lifelong friendships with her classmates, which resulted in an annual alumni luncheon, that has lasted thru the decades. Florence taught at the kindergarten level, both private & public, in the surrounding towns of Lancaster & Northborough. Her ability to give individual attention to every early learning child in her classroom, often beyond the standard work day, has endured to this day with the many students whom she touched over 20 plus years. Florence’s name still resonates with individuals who know of her kindness, patience, and teaching ability in those communities. Our mother was involved with many activities aside from raising three children and a teenager. She was a volunteer Sunday school teacher and council member at the Church of the Good Shepherd for many years, member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and Audubon Society, 10-year volunteer for the UNICEF Berlin campaign, Cancer Society campaign volunteer for many years and served on the board for the development of the Berlin Northbrook Village Retirement Community. Florence’s many interests included gardening, arborist, regional ornithology, cooking/baking & a lifelong commitment to researching our family’s genealogical history. Florence’s difficult search for information on relatives, prior to the aid of computers, has inspired others within the family to carry on the endeavor. As her grandchildren can attest, she will best be remembered for her humor, smile, apple pies, refrigerator and Christmas cookies, infinite patience with any puzzle, card or board games played during rainy days on the Cape, as well as always being accessible to give clarity to a host of life lessons or math homework. Florence was a member of this country’s greatest generation, who embodied the words respect, honesty and integrity. She was always willing to help others when they needed it the most. Our mother volunteered countless hours to her community, never expecting or wanting any recognition in return. She believed that education was the ways and means to insure that future generations would have the tools to make the right decisions in life.
A celebration of her life will be held on the morning of Saturday, January 21st, 2017 starting at 10:30 at the First Parish Church in Berlin, 24 Central Street. A family ceremony will be held in the spring to place her ashes next to her husband at the North Cemetery, Highland Street, in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory with either the Alzheimer’s Association, Jewish Healthcare Hospice Volunteer Program, 629 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or with The Fleur de Lis Camp, 120 Howeville Road, Fitzwilliam, N.H. 03447. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com.

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