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Florence E. Hose

Florence passed away peacefully in her home of the past six years in Littleton, CO, on March 4, 2014 at the age of 96. She was born on September 17, 1917, in Watertown, WI. After many visits to Aspen in the late 40’s and early 50’s, Florence and her late husband Earl, moved to Aspen in June of 1954. Bringing with them their three children.

Florence worked at the Aspen Cleaners and The Prospector Lodge, and eventually became one of the few seamstresses in Aspen when she set up her own shop in her home, doing alterations for many locals plus Elli’s of Aspen, Aspen Highlands, The Mountain Shop, Stein Erickson’s, and for Pitkin County Dry Goods. She became well known for her handmade floral shirts that she sold through Pitkin County Dry Goods.

Florence and her husband were one of the founding members of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Aspen, which initially was held in the Koby Building and in the basement of the Elk’s Building, until they built the new church at the end of Mountain View Drive.

Florence loved Aspen, where she could often be seen walking through town on her daily errands. She had a love of humming birds and the fall colors that only Aspen could offer. Her youthful dreams of being an Olympic speed skater, love of dance, and artistic drawing were stories that her granddaughters loved hearing from her.

Florence is survived by her three children, Christine Ronay, Douglas Hose, Donald Hose (wife Ruth), her seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 11am at the Messiah Lutheran Church. 1235 Mountain View Drive. With a fellowship lunch to follow.


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