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- September 15, 2017
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Florence Evelyn Summach (Flo) passed away on Sept.15th at Extendicare. She was born on Oct. 14, 1923 in Saskatoon to Irish immigrants Tom and Maude Lipsett. The eldest of 5 children, she lived in various small towns in the province where her father operated dry goods stores. Florence returned to Saskatoon as a teenager. She graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate and Robertson’s Secretarial School. She married her first husband, Warrant Officer John William (Bill) Buttrey in 1943. They had a daughter Maureen in 1944. Bill was killed in action in 1945. She married Harold William Summach in 1968. Flo and Harold ran Lipsett’s Footwear on 33rd St. West for many years, in later years joined by son-in-law Bob McPherson. She loved all aspects of the business, working until she was 80. Flo, Harold and Bob were very appreciative of all the wonderful people who worked for them over the years and made running the business such a pleasure. Flo and Harold were world travellers, visiting almost every continent. Harold died in 2003. Florence was also predeceased by her parents Tom and Maude Lipsett; brother Robert (Bob) Lipsett and his wife Larre; sister Mollie Arnold and her husband Stan; mother and father-in-law Pearl and William Buttrey; mother and father-in-law Mary and William Summach; brother-in-law Gary Miller; sister-in-law Marietta Campbell; brothers and sisters-in-law Don and Wilma Johnson, Jack and Mary Bailey, Bill and Elaine Green, Lester and Mary Summach, Bob and Esther Summach, Cecil and Elaine Summach, Ted and Florence Summach, Mervin and Terry (Teresa) Summach. She is survived by her daughter Maureen (Bob) McPherson; granddaughters Iona McPherson (Chris Rodman) and Alexis McPherson (Tom Burton); great-grandchildren Ashley, Emma and Liam Rodman and Asher and Miles Burton; brother John (Mary) Lipsett; sister Ruth Miller; sister-in law Lynn Summach; brother-in-law George (Grace) Campbell; cousin and dear friend Peggy (Rod) Antonichuk and her children David Kerr and Julia (Gil) Lagman; dear friends Lily Peris and Jennifer Mpumgu and her family; many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Thanks to Robin Sloboda and Trudy Scheffler from Emmanuel Baptist Church for their many visits over the years. Thanks to the wonderful staffs at Extendicare Nursing Home and Home Instead Senior Care and to Dr. P. Stalker, Dr. K. Bayley and Dr. G. Nelson for their care during the last years of Flo’s life.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Extendicare Family Support Group, (2225 Preston Ave. South, Saskatoon, S7J 2E7) or a charity of your choice.
There will be a celebration of Flo’s life at the Saskatoon Funeral Home on Sept. 21, 2017 at 2:30PM with Keith Hall from St. Martin's United Church presiding, followed by a reception at the Edwards Family Centre. Committal will take place earlier in the day at Woodlawn Cemetery.