Funeral services were held on Jan. 28, 2009 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Florence Marie Mahler was born Aug. 11, 1914, the daughter of Theodore and Sophia (Hasenwinkel) Mahler, near Aurelia in Brooke Township. Her family later farmed in the Sutherland area, and in Cherokee County. Florence worked for many families in the area when women had children. On Dec. 20, 1936, Florence married John Buddenhagen at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. They farmed north of Aurelia until moving into town in 1975. In 2006, Florence moved into the Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center in Aurelia for assisted living care.
Florence was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid (LWML), and helped make quilts for World Relief. Florence made many quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Preceding Florence in death were her parents; her husband John on Sept. 17, 1995; two sons, Clayton in infancy, and Russell and his wife Lois; one great-grandson, Bradley; four brothers, Walter, Elmer, Emmett, and Richard Mahler; and four sisters, Clara Zoffke, Leona Holland, LaVera Mahler, and Irene Mandernach.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen and her husband Charles Hofmann of Tucson, Ariz. and two sons, Lyle and his wife Marlys Buddenhagen of Tracy, Minn., and Lloyd and his wife Renee Buddenhagen of Aurelia. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren - Tina and husband Kenneth Williams; Timothy and wife Peggy Buddenhagen; Curtis and wife Maureen Hofmann; Lane and wife Danielle Hofmann; Douglas and wife Nancy Buddenhagen; Rochelle and husband Paul VanderWoude; Lesli Buddenhagen; Jodi Buddenhagen; Eric and wife Carrie Buddenhagen; Jessica Buddenhagen; and Alicia and husband Justin Thompson; 16 great-grandchildren, Nick and Cara Williams; Bill, Ryan, and Kathryn Hofmann; Nathan, Adam, and Evan Hofmann; Katie Buddenhagen; DJ Buddenhagen; Samantha and Alex Krael; Alyssa and Derek Claar; and Ethan and Levi VanderWoude; one sister, Rosalyn Puhrmann of Litchfield, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Dolores Mahler of Cherokee; one brother-in-law, Reinhold Braunschweig of Reeseville, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.