FLORENCE FICK was born on May 23, 1927 in her home to John Heinrich and Christine Margaretha (Funck) Reyelts. She was raised on the farm and attended school at Beaver Creek Public School from elementary through graduation. She was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, baptized on June 12, 1927, confirmed July 4, 1942, and married August 28, 1946 to Arthur Johaan Fick. After marriage, the couple moved to a small farm near Magnolia. In 1959, they moved to a farm by Beaver Creek, where Florence thrived as a lifelong caregiver and nurturer. Faith and family were her highest priorities in life. She and Arthur were blessed with three children and Florence worked hard to care for them. Arthur preceded Florence in death, passing in the spring of 1980. Later that year, Florence took in her ailing mother, and continued to provide care until 1992 when her mother passed. Florence then retired from their farm and relocated to Beaver Creek. She remained living in her home independently until spring of 2022 when she was admitted to Hospice care and transferred to the Hospice Cottage in Luverne. On March 24, 2022 while surrounded by family and loved ones, Florence went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 94 years, 10 months, and 1 day.
Florence was proud to be a lifelong member of the St. John Lutheran Church. She was a very active woman with several hobbies and gifts she loved sharing with her community. She enjoyed baking and entered several items in the Rock County Fair. She was named grand champion for her Sunshine Cake. Gardening was another important hobby of hers. She grew new plants every year and enjoyed delivering bouquets to her friends for special occasions, birthdays, or “just because.” She also enjoyed quilting and made quilts for everyone in the family. A hobby that started out as a way to bless her sister, but became her own, was collecting milk glass. Florence had strong Christian values and faith that helped make her into the mother, wife, grandmother, and woman that she was. She would say: “The world changes, but the Bible never does.” She would also say: “I’d give up chocolate but I’m no quitter.”
Florence is survived by her children, Marilyn (John) Doppenberg of Yankton, South Dakota, Allen (Christine) Fick of Beaver Creek, and Marlin (Amie) Fick of Beaver Creek; sister, Lorna (Reyelts) Hill of Jasper, Minnesota; grandchildren, Amy Doppenberg, Adam (special friend Dani Stewart) Doppenberg, Travis (Jenna) Doppenberg, Gregory (Natalie) Fick, Derek Fick, and Tyler Fick; and great grandchildren, Owen Doppenberg, Charlie Doppenberg, Bax Doppenberg, and Conner Fick. Florence was preceded in death by her parents, JH and Christine Reyelts; husband, Arthur Fick; an infant great granddaughter; brother, Elden Reyelts; infant sister, Anna Dora Reyelts; brother-in-law, Tom Hill Sr; seven brother and sister in-laws, Henry (Anna) Fick, Louis (Frieda) Fick, Albert (Anna) Fick, William (Metta) Fick, Fritz (Malinda) Fick, Paul (Meta) Fick, and Herbert (Darlene) Fick; and several nieces and nephews.