Funeral services for Florence P. Sparks 92 of Holstein, and formerly of Paullina, Calumet and Cherokee area who passed away on Sunday Dec. 12, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Center in Holstein, will be 2 p.m. Thursday Dec. 16 at the Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home in Paullina. Rev. Barbara Weier will officiate with burial in the Prairie View Cemetery in Paullina. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. on Thursday until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Florence Pauline Sparks the daughter of Sidney and Mary Clark was born Feb. 23, 1918 in Providence Township Bedford County, Pa. She was united in marriage to Gilbert Sparks on Oct. 1, 1940 in Cumberland, Md. The couple moved to Calumet in 1948 and began farming and farmed in the Calumet area until 1961. Gilbert passed away on Dec. 15, 1963. After his passing Florence made her home in Cherokee and worked as a nurse's aide at Sioux Valley Hospital from 1962 until she retired in 1985.For the last few years she had been a resident of the Good Samaritan Center in Holstein. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, parents two sisters and twelve brothers.
She is survived by two daughters Joyce Faline(Sparks) Dau and her husband Daniel Dau of Calumet and Eleanor L. (Sparks) Smith of Calumet, five grandchildren Tracey, Chad and Benjamin Smith and Jayson and Donna Dau and one great grandson, two sisters-in-law Kate Clark of Medina, Ohio and Genieve Sparks of Greenville, Iowa many nieces and nephews.