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Florence Sondrol
July 31, 1929 - February 14, 2017

Florence Sondrol, 87, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday February 14, 2017 at Oelwein Health Care Center with her family by her side.  Visitation will be from 3-7 PM on Friday February 24, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Saturday February 25, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein with Rev. Leo Combs-Lay officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

Florence Janette (Finstad) Sondrol was born on July 31, 1929 in the Town of Sumner near Osseo, WI to parents Carl and Margaret (Castad) Finstad.  She graduated from Whitehall High School in Whitehall, WI with the class of 1947.  She then was employed in the County Agent’s Office in Whitehall for 5 ½ years.  Florence then was employed as a Unit Control Manager with Sears, Roebuck & Company in LaCrosse, WI for the next 5 ½ years.

On December 28, 1958 she was united in marriage with Knute Sondrol at Kings Valley Lutheran Church near Osseo, WI.  Knute and Florence owned and operated the A&W Root Beer Stand in Oelwein from 1958-1976.  Then In 1985, they reopened as Sondrol’s Family Restaurant until 1991.

Florence was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary and the Eastern Star Chapter #45, all of Oelwein.

Florence cherished the many life-long friendships her family made while owning the A&W Root Beer Stand.  She enjoyed going to the Oelwein Mealsite when able to.  She enjoyed visiting with her many friends, especially Garnet, Maxine and Betty.  Florence also enjoyed attending auctions and setting up at antique shows across the Midwest with her son David, making many friendships along the way.  Florence was proud of her Norwegian heritage, especially when she married a Norwegian native.  She was a special Mom who will be greatly missed by all she knew.

Left to celebrate Florence’ life are her sons: David Sondrol of Oelwein, John Sondrol of Corpus Christi, TX, step-son Ken (Pam) Sondrol of Longview, TX; her grandson Johnathan (Kayla) Sondrol of Ft. Worth, TX, step-grandchildren: Sarah, D’Ann, Kelly and families of Texas; her sister Myrtle Dodge of Eau Claire, WI; her brother-in-law Robert Mulder of Kenosha, WI; many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Knute (1988); her sisters: Arlene Mulder and Kathryn (brother-in-law Roy) Gerkovich; her brothers: Perry, Roger and George Finstad; her brother-in-law Charles Dodge; her nephew Nick Gerkovich; her step-granddaughter Robin and husband David Bienz.

Florence’ family would like to thank the staff of Oelwein Health Care Center for the excellent care given to her and her family this past year. 


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Deanne Gosse Fletcher on February 26, 2017 at 3:11 PM said:

Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when I worked for you and your parents. She was a sweet lady. So sorry we missed the visitation and funeral, my son had individual speech competition. Sending prayers for you and the rest of the family. So sorry again for your loss.
Rick Kleppe on February 26, 2017 at 10:18 AM said:

Dave,so sorry for your loss. We were out of town for the wake
Charles & Georgia Hutchison on February 25, 2017 at 8:44 PM said:

Dear Dave, We send our deepest sympathy to you and your brother. I miss our chats but I know how much your mother appreciated what U did for her. We haven't had a good root beer float since U closed that orange building up. God Bless.
Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on February 23, 2017 at 6:11 PM said:

To the Sondrol Family, Sending our deepest sympathy,will always remember your family's A&W,it was so good.
Ben and Kelly on February 21, 2017 at 6:38 PM said:

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. -Psalm 61:2

We're praying for you Dave!
Julie Andrle - Great Niece on February 20, 2017 at 9:12 PM said:

Aunt Florence will be greatly missed by our family! She always thought of others, bringing gifts to all when she visited and wanting no one to feel left out. We always looked forward to Dave and her visits in August when they attended the Cambridge Antique Fair. Our heart aches, but know she is with the Lord and her many loved ones who have gone before her. God bless her and Dave for his dedication to his Mother's care!
Kari Muyres, Great niece to Florence on February 20, 2017 at 9:05 AM said:

We will so greatly miss our dear Auntie Florence. She always found a way to make us feel special with her warmth, her laughter, and her loving personality! It was always a special visit each time we all got together each summer in Minneapolis with her and cousin David. God bless her memory.
Marilyn/Alan Walker on February 19, 2017 at 8:01 PM said:

Our sympathy to David and all the family. It has been our pleasure to know your Mother and be with her at different auctions. Good memories linger.
Larry and Carolyn Werner on February 18, 2017 at 7:10 AM said:

Sorry for your loss Dave. Our deepest sympathy. Memories last forever
Mike & Mary Gaffney on February 18, 2017 at 1:13 AM said:

Deepest condolences to Dave and family. What a great lady
Sally and joe meyne on February 17, 2017 at 4:35 PM said:

We are very saddened by Florences passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Floyd on February 17, 2017 at 2:44 PM said:

It saddens me so much to hear of Florence's passing. She has been someone special in my entire family's life. Prayers to the entire Sondrol Family.
GEORGE AND LINDA WHALEN on February 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM said:

kay and Walt S. on February 16, 2017 at 5:04 PM said:

It has been a tough week for you loosing your uncle and
now your Mom. You have been a caregiver deluxe. Our
Sympathy to you and your family. Kay and Walt
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