Florence Johnson Jacobson, 86


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JacobsonFlorenceFlorence Johnson Jacobson, 86, Naples FL, formerly of Spring Lake and Verona, died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Naples, Fla.

Florence was a graduate of Montclair Kimberly Academy and Caldwell College. She received a master’s degree in gerontology from the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle.

Florence was an intelligent, energetic and caring woman who enjoyed an active and busy life. As everyone knows, she was an avid Yankee fan her entire life. She also enjoyed golf and shot a spectacular hole in one in September, 2000, at Bel-Aire Golf Course in Spring Lake using a driver on the 14th hole. She loved retirement at the shore, especially with memories of her childhood in Spring Lake.

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She worked in many ministries in the Archdiocese of Newark, including The Catholic Advocate newspaper, interfaith youth group, and hospice of Union County. She was an editor, lector and Eucharistic minister. She provided 35 years of dedicated service to Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Verona. Florence held leadership roles in Renew International, Cursillo, Pastoral Council, liturgy planning, Verona Interfaith Religious Council, and Family Life for which she developed programs for seniors.

Sudie, as she was known to family, was born on August 15, 1928 in North Bergen to Florence Endler Johnson and Rupert Harris Johnson. She is survived by brothers and sisters: Frances Furlong, Reverend Father Andrew Johnson, Charles (Ann) Johnson, Rupert (Maryellie) Johnson Jr., Bonnie Sacerdote and Suzanne (David) Razor; children: Susan (Pat) Forber, Jeffrey (Kathy) Jacobson, Mary (Lynn Gretkowski) Jacobson, Anne Pignatiello, and Elizabeth Jacobson; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Florence was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Jacobson, sister Dorothy McGuire, sister-in-law Mary Ann Johnson, brothers-in-law Charles McGuire, Robert Furlong, Peter Sacerdote, and son-in-law Steven Bertucci.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 32 Lakeside Avenue, Verona, on Monday, December 15 at 10 a.m. The wake will be held at Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s
Association or HHSNE (Haiti) c/o Father John Martin, Monsignor Kelly Residence, 247
Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ, 07006.

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