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Florence J. Marean
Florence J. Marean, age 94 of Monroe, died Sunday, January 11, 2009 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. Florence was born February 12, 1914 in Juda, WI, the daughter of Elmer Leroy and Altha Maye (Kryder) Fries. She married Victor R. Marean on February 17, 1940 in the home of her parents in Juda. They made cheese, primarily wheel swiss most of their married life. They began in Oakley, south of Juda, before moving to the Five Corners Cheese Factory in Clarno Township until it closed in 1964. They moved to Freeport, IL before making their home in Monroe.

Florence was a graduate of Juda High School, Whitewater State Teacher's College, and the Ward Business College in Beloit. Before her marriage she taught school in Sharon, WI and later in Juda. She worked in several local business offices including the Green County Highway Dept., Furst-McNess of Freeport, Oaktron, Swiss Colony, and retired from Dorman Cheese in Monroe. Following her retirement she worked with Preferred Living and home care patients. She has resided at Pleasant View for the past year.

She was a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church and its Rebeccah Circle, Women of the Moose #599, St. Omar Order of the Eastern Star #90, Green County Retired Educators, Monroe Country Club, Monroe City Bowling Association, and was a volunteer hostess in the cheesemaking museum of the restored depot. She enjoyed playing cards, playing the piano, bingo, crocheting, an avid reader and puzzle solver, crosswords, jigsaws, and was a good bowler and golfer.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas W. (Holly) Reinhart-Marean of Newport Beach, CA and John J. (Irene) Marean of Scioto Mills, IL; many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren; and a niece, Phyllis (Roger) Flannery of Brodhead. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on May 4, 1970; a grandson, Jeffrey John Marean on June 25, 1975; a sister, Lucille Alexander; a brother, John Fries; and a nephew, Donald "Cork" Alexander.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at the Monroe United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Booth officiating. Interment will be in Oakley Union Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund will be established in Florence's name.

The NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, Monroe, is assisting the family.