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Florence Mary (Stumborg) Pulvermacher

September 6, 1920 ~ December 11, 2021 (age 101)


Florence was born in Bruno and raised on the farm of her parents, Harry Stumborg and Mary Kramer.  Responsibility came early and hard work and regular chores were an enduring pattern in her life. As the eldest daughter, she was the big sister to her nine siblings. After completing grade eight, she worked fulltime at her parents’ farm. But a higher education and a career were important to her so she enrolled as adult learner in a secretarial course. She then worked in a Humboldt law office and the Bruno Post Office.

She married Julius Pulvermacher in 1944.  She and Julius built their own house with the help of family members. It was made of Bruno Clayworks bricks, on a quarter of land that adjoined the quarter on which she grew up.  She lived her entire life in that house and died there peacefully 76 years later, surrounded by family.

She and Julius had seven children, Linda (Dennis Billo) Janelle, Deanna; Murray (Louise LeBlanc ), Bradley, Kyle;  Brenda (Jim Mathias) Sarah, Mary Anne, Elena; Sharon (Bernard Laplante ) Chantal, Stefan;  Susan (Don Kunaman) Joshua, Matthew, Bryan;  Guy (Monique Laforge) Nicole, Eric, Luke;  Kevin (Bergit Baker) Alexander, Ben. She had 17 great grandchildren. She is survived by her sister Julie (Gibb) and brother Alvin Stumborg.

She was predeceased by her husband, Julius; her siblings Clarence, Jerome, Bernard, Eleanore {Scheper,} Agnes (Kirtzinger), Rose (Barry) and Eileen (Orysiuk); and grandchildren John and Sheena Pulvermacher.

Florence’s lifelong career revolved around the turkey farm, Hillcrest Farms. This began as a small venture as a young mother, and grew to be a business that produced more than 100,000 turkeys annually, with over 50 employees. The business eventually included a feed mill and a hatchery. It was through her guidance on that farm that her children developed a strong work ethic.

Florence was a woman of vision and leadership in the Bruno area community.  She spearheaded the renovations of the St. Bruno R.C. Church and its cemetery Grotto, and the creation of Pioneer Park. She co-founded the Bruno Pottery Club and avidly encouraged Bruno’s annual cherry festival. Florence was a member of the Bruno Library Board, Bruno Housing Authority for assisted living (Prairie View) and Humboldt’s St. Elizabeth Hospital Board. She was a staunch supporter of the St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission and longtime member of the Bruno Catholic Women’s League.

Family and her Catholic faith were always at the center of her long and full life.  She was a spiritual mother to many and will be sorely missed.

A Funeral Mass for Florence was held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Bruno R.C. Church, celebrated by Fr. Pius Schroh.  Interment followed in the St. Bruno R.C. Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Florence's memory may be made to the St. Bruno R.C. Cemetery Fund or St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK.

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