Mrs. Florence E. (Ring) Warriner, 105, beloved wife of 51 years to the late William L. Warriner, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2018 at Bradley House in Brattleboro, Vermont where she received gracious and loving care for the past year, remarking “this place is like a cruise ship.” Florence was born on March 19, 1912 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Fred G. and Lydia (Lucht) Ring.
At the time of her passing, Florence was the oldest centenarian in the community of Southwick. She was a perennial and ebullient citizen; well-known and well loved by its town folk. As a “super senior” she loved publicity and hoped it would encourage others. She cast her last vote at the age of 104.
During the 1930’s prior to marriage, her spirit of adventure set in as she and girlfriends drove from Milwaukee, WI to Mexico City and other towns in Mexico on three different occasions. These experiences provided lifelong memories and stories.
A resident of Southwick since 1957, Florence and her husband Bill owned and operated Warriner’s Lakeside Cottages for many years on Lake Congamond. Florence was an active member of Southwick Congregational Church. She served as President of the Southwick Womens’ Club from 1966-68 and held other offices for decades. Following the passing of her husband at age 90 Florence became a fixture at the Samaritan Inn, Westfield. Over the years she collected and donated over 1000 stuffed animals to homeless residents.
Florence is survived by her son and daughter in law, William Warriner and Ruth Wilmot of Brattleboro, Vermont; a granddaughter, Rachael Warriner, of Philadelphia, PA; also nephew Jon Ring (Anne) of Grafton, WI.
A Memorial Celebration of her life will take place at 1:00PM on Friday (March 9th, 2018) in the Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway, Southwick. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Florence will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in New Cemetery, Southwick. No calling hours.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Samaritan Inn, P.O. Box 264, Westfield, MA 01085 or Bradley House, 65 Harris Ave. Brattleboro, VT 05301
Assisting the family with final arrangements is Southwick Forastiere Family Funeral Home, 624 College Highway, Southwick.