Florence M. Rask, formerly of Braham and Mora, died on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge. She was 90 years old.
She was born to parents Ben and Jennie (Robyn) Miedema on June 17, 1929, near Ogilvie. She was raised on a farm with her brothers and sisters and loved being a farm girl helping her father.
At 17, she met and fell in love with Lloyd Lindquist at Fish Lake in Mora. She became a part of a fabulous extended family and to this union came eight children. The family lived in Mora where she raised her family and studied to become a nurse. She became a LPN and started her career at Cambridge State Hospital where she would work for over 30 years before retiring. This career was truly her passion and she was very proud of her accomplishments.
Her husband died in 1974 when she was only 44 years old. Her next chapter began when she met and married Willie Rask of Braham. They enjoyed 37 years together traveling, enjoying cabin life and going to auctions. After Willie passed away, she moved to St. Clare’s Community Living in Mora where she could be closer to her children and their families. She enjoyed her years there very much and participated in activities with her new friends, whom she loved very much. The highlights of her days were the visits from the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren. They always made her smile.
In February of 2019, after too many falls, she moved to GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge where she again loved all her caregivers.
Her church families including Siloa in Braham and Quamba Baptist in Mora were very important to her, and she embraced her love of the Lord amidst their love. Her bucket list was complete with her faith, family and friends. She lived, she loved, she laughed, she left. To God be the glory.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd and Willie; son, Randy Lindquist; son-in-law, Lyle Peterson; step-daughter, Jane Hansen; granddaughter, Kelly Reynolds; brother, Willie Miedema; sister, Jenny Lesher; brother-in-law, John DeVries; as well as all of Lloyd’s siblings and their spouses.
She is survived by her children, Larry (Mary) Lindquist, Dave (Berta) Lindquist, Chuck (Betty) Lindquist, Judy (Gale) Dawson, Cindy Peterson, Don (Vicki) Lindquist, Deb (Dewey)Reynolds; stepchildren, Bill (Kay) Rask, Pete (Karen) Rask, Mary (Dean) Morrison; stepson-in-law Mark (Connie) Hansen; 14 grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 15 great-stepgrandchildren; four great- great-grandchildren; sisters, Clara DeVries, Sylvia (Garrett) Bos, LaVerne(Dwaine) McKinnon, Wilma (Steve) Radsom; sister-in-law AnnaMae Miedema; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at the Quamba Baptist Church with Pastor Ivan Fiske officiating. Music was provided by Karla Fuller, Phil Halvorson and Wyatt Freitag. Burial was in the Grasston Union Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.