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Helen Anna (Ratas) Florence 1923-2024

Mrs. Helen Anna (Ratas) Florence, 100, formerly of Waynesboro, PA, passed away Friday, March 29, 2024 in Hanover, PA.

Helen Anna (Ratas) Florence
Helen Anna (Ratas) Florence

Born June 4, 1923 in Sabillasville, MD, she was the daughter of the late Julius and Agatha (Gonglewska) Ratas.

Mrs. Florence was a graduate of Thurmont High School with the Class of 1940.

She and her husband, the late Mr. John Jacob Florence, were married September 25, 1948 in Thurmont. They were together for 55 years when he passed away December 21, 2003.

Mrs. Florence was employed as a secretary at Victor Cullen State Hospital and prior to her retirement in 1984, she worked as a clerk at Long’s Jewelers, Waynesboro.

She was a former member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Blue Ridge Summit, PA and currently was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hanover, PA, Joe Stickell American Legion Post #15 Ladies Auxiliary and South Chapter AARP #2977, both of Waynesboro and National AARP.

Mrs. Florence enjoyed reading and sewing.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara F. Chronister and her husband Randy Hartlaub of Hanover; two granddaughters, Katherine A. Chronister and Elizabeth M. Loyack, both of Mechanicsburg; three great-grandchildren, Sebastian Groh, Genevieve Groh and Eleanor Loyack; one sister, Martha Sefick; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph P. Ratas; five sisters, Mary McGarvey, her twin Frances Ratas, Agnes Gustafson, Anna Sauer and Elizabeth Gesser.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2024 in St. Andrew Catholic Church, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro with the Rev. Christopher Onyeneke, MSSCC, officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends 10 – 10:45 a.m., Friday, April 5th, in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.



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