Florina Eudina Gittlein
Was born to Catherine Weisbecker Boos and John Boos on March 3, 1926, in Ellis, Kansas and died at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Palmer Alaska on November 30, 2019, at the age of 93.
She was the youngest of their thirteen children. When Florina was 10 years old, she moved with her family to Longmont, Colorado. She attended St. John’s Catholic School in Longmont and she and her family worked in the sugar beet fields in the Longmont area. As a young woman, Florina worked many jobs in the Denver area including housekeeper, candy factory worker, retreading tires, munitions factory worker and for the Eagle Claw Fishing Pole Company. Florina and Paul Jacob Gittlein were married on April 19, 1949. They had five sons and farmed in the Longmont area until Paul’s death in 1962. Florina and her boys then moved to their house on Weld County Line Rd., where she lived until the early 1980s. Her sons have many happy memories with their mom there, helping them with their fishing worm business and taking them camping to Red Feathers Lakes. One by one all of her boys except Ron moved to Alaska and Florina moved into town in Longmont. She made her first trip to Alaska in 1981, and after many visits to the state over the years she finally made the move to Wasilla in 2006 and happily lived at the Wasilla Senior Apartment Complex. Florina was always up for an adventure and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was very active at St. John’s Catholic Church in Longmont, where she served in the Alter and Rosary Society, serving many meals and sewing many, many quilts for their annual auction. She became a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla when she moved to Alaska. She was a 30 plus year member of TOPs and was crowned Chapter Queen at her Wasilla club in 2011.
She is survived by her sons; Ronald and wife, Zeina; Richard; David and wife, Loree; Kenneth and wife, Janice; Paul and wife, Trudi; grandchildren Keith (Jodi); Holly; Brian (Rachel); Daniel; Nick (Katie), Matthew (Rita); Ben (Haliegh); Alex; Sam (Alena); Gabe; Jesse and Kathryn; Great-Grandchildren Devin; Kaydence, Paxton, Liam, Luke, Henry, Carly, Ruth, Norah, Kelci, Blair, Presly, Sebastian, Everly, Julian, Wyatt, Lucas, and many more who considered her their “Grandma”.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wasilla Area Seniors Meals on Wheels program in memory of Florina would be appreciated.
The family would like to thank Dr. Melendez and all the wonderful staff at Mat-Su Regional Hospital and the hospice workers for their loving care and support.
Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla on Dec. 10, 2019 at 11 am.