Born Florence Glynn in Hurley, New York, on May 21, 1920, Florence Trautman passed away at the age of 100 in San Francisco, California on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020.
Flo grew up in The Bronx, and on her grandparents’ farm in Hurley, where she began a life-long love of nature. In 1947 she married John Trautman, and in 1950 they moved to Whippany, New Jersey. There they raised two sons: Clifford, who now lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, and Raymond, who lives in San Francisco with his wife, Bethellen. Following John’s death in 2018, Flo moved to San Francisco.
Florence lived a full and active life; every day was an opportunity for adventure. She delighted in meeting people, dancing, music, and gatherings of all kinds. An avid lover of birds and flowers, she loved walking everywhere and was a frequent visitor to Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cooking was her art, the kitchen was her laboratory, and no recipe was sacred. Florence was also a talented seamstress.
Florence and John were life-long parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Whippany. They traveled extensively and had a large circle of friends. Florence returned to work in the 1970s as executive secretary and bookkeeper at Dosch King and at Acme’s home office in Whippany.
In her later years she returned to playing piano, and took over the room when she spoke. Flo lived 100 years, physically healthy to the end; her inspiring energy and joy are very much missed.