Florence Neidig Friend, 98, died peacefully at Lakeside at Willow Valley on December 26th. She was married to Kenneth Friend who died in 2003 after 63 years of marriage.
She was born and raised in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. She earned her RN degree at Abington Hospital and worked professionally at Lancaster General Hospital, St Josephs Hospital and in the office of Dr. Paul Davidson, and was director of nursing at the Lancaster Mennonite Home.
She was very involved in community volunteer activities including Auxiliary to the Child Development Center and past president, United Way, Friends of the Lancaster Free public library, Department of Aging, F&M auxiliary board and reader in Lancaster elementary schools.
Florence is survived by two sons, Joseph Friend (Carol), Neal Friend (Georgene) and one daughter Elizabeth Catanzaro (Angelo); five grandchildren Kenneth Friend (Kristin), Shauna Worobey (Phillip), Andrew Friend, Kristin Catanzaro Meaney (Chris) and Peter Catanzaro, : and five great grandchildren, Taylor Friend, Jordan Friend, Aiden Worobey, Hallie Meaney, and Evan Meaney. She has two surviving sisters Thelma Dewar (William) and Pauline Sanford and a cousin Joseph Neidig.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, parents Maria Benner Neidig and Joseph Neidig: two sisters Katherine Feigley (Donald), and Anna Muehlhauser.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved her life in Lancaster, her family and many wonderful friends.
She will have a private Celebration of Life with family.
Donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster.