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Florence Summach

Saskatoon SK
- 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.

Funeral Details

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.

Condolence Messages

Jim and Laureen Pattison

Written September 22, 2017 from Prince Albert, SK

We are sorry to learn of Florence's passing. Laureen who worked across the street for 20 years. She experienced the friendship of your parents, knowledgeable and good service when she was looking for shoes. Jim started out living in Toronto and came through Saskatoon for work and bought shoes there. Later, he moved to Saskatoon and received the help of the Summach family in passing his Pedorthic board exams. Be assured of our prayers at this time.

Ia-Mu Mpungu

Written September 21, 2017 from Abbotsford, British Columbia

Dear Maureen, Bob and family
words cannot express the my hearts ache for you and the family. Mum was truly an angle that graced this earth. Were it not for her loving, caring and generous heart, we might not have Cucu, our Grandma here with us today. I will never be able to thank her and you all enough for all you have done for us. May God bless you all beyond measure and give you peace beyond understanding during this time.

I know without a doubt that mum is with our heavenly father smiling down on us all. She has been promoted to glory! Amen.

God bless,
Jahlani, Dan and Ia-Mu.

Jerioth Nyaga

Written September 21, 2017 from Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Dear Maureen,

We are sad to learn of the passing on of your beloved Mum and we wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.

Flo made a wonderful friend to our family and at our time of need she came through for us. We remain eternally grateful to her for her good deeds and we celebrate her. Indeed may the love she showed us serve as a reminder to us all to always reach out and share our love with others.

Please accept our sincere condolences at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jerioth & Irene

Jennifer Mpungu

Written September 21, 2017 from ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia

Dear Maureen, Bob and Family: Its with gratefulness in our hearts that we accept Flo's passing on to glory. She lived a life full of love, grace and compassion. She leaves us a legacy of selfless love and caring- what a legacy. I am honoured and blessed to have known Flo. She was truly a blessing in our lives. We will never forget the image of her gentle and bright face. We are grateful that one day we shall meet again in the presence of our God in whom she put her faith and trust. I pray that we all too will run the race as she did and fight the good fight as she showed the way. Flo we loved you very much and we will miss you sorely. May you sleep in God's bossom until we meet again. As we celebrate her life today, may our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers serve as a comfort to you and your loved ones. Love always.

Roger Chege

Written September 20, 2017 from Svendborg , Denmark

To the family of Florence Evelyn Summach,

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Florence that you as a family have encountered. my sympathies go out to all of you and may God give you the peace that you seek.
i offer you my thoughts, prayers and well wishes in this dark moment of your lives.
Florence was a lady that gave us a chance to see the life of our mother in Kenya prolong her life as a result of her generosity to avail her the best treatments. I am forever grateful.

Roger Chege

Hilde Besic

Written September 20, 2017 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dubravko and I are thinking of you at this time and remembering the wonderful shoe store years where we first met your mom.