Florence J. Sachs

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Juneau resident Florence J. Sachs died at home on April 7, 2008. She was 91.

Born in 1916 in Shelton, Conn., to Ernest and Selma Johnson, she was raised in Uncasville, Conn., and graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1934 in Norwich, Conn. She attended nursing school in New London, Conn., and graduated in 1937 as a registered nurse.

On April 25, 1942, she married Glenn Sachs, a seminary student from Gettysburg, Pa.

Florence worked as a registered nurse in hospitals in Detroit and Lansing, Mich., Salem, Ore., and very briefly as a private nurse in Juneau. Most of her nursing career took place at Salem General Hospital, where she worked in the maternity ward.

She moved to Juneau in 1965, when Glenn accepted a call as pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Florence worked at the Juneau Community College, now the University of Alaska Southeast, and retired from there in 1981.

Her and her husband enjoyed extensive traveling in their retirement years, visiting every continent except Antarctica. For many years, she volunteered for the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, greeting cruise ship passengers at the cruise ship terminal.

Family said she was an avid reader who enjoyed crossword puzzles, knitting and sewing. It is estimated that she sewed more than 1,000 quilt tops for the Resurrection Lutheran Church quilters, who make and donate quilts to Lutheran World Relief. She also knit hundreds of sweaters for infant layettes, also for LWR.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Moore and her husband, Robert, of Tillamook, Ore., and Nancy McMullen and her husband, Michael, of Douglas; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

A service of celebration of her life and Glenn's will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund, 740 West 10th St., Juneau, AK 99801.

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