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Florence June Veldkamp


Florence June Veldkamp, 83, of Dunedin, passed away on May 7th at Manor Care in Dunedin. Florence was born on June 8, 1935, in Paterson, NJ, to the late Frank and Beatrice (Westergaard) Rose.

Florence graduated from the public school system in Paterson, NJ, and worked in the area at many places including Curtiss-Wright, Haband, PayService and Irving Savings & Loan.

Florence married Art Veldkamp in July 1958. They raised their family in Hawthorne, NJ, and moved to St. Petersburg, FL, in 1986. Florence worked for many years in Retirement Plan Services at Raymond James.

Florence was a past member of Elks Lodge 1224 of St. Petersburg and was a (reluctant) bowler at Ten Pins Lanes until Art became ill in January 2009. Flo enjoyed knitting, walking on the beach & at Veterans Park, and following the Tampa Bay Rays on TV and in person. She was quick to put on a pot of tea when anyone came to visit. Most of all, Florence enjoyed her time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Florence is survived by her sister Eileen Cusack; brother George Rose and wife Kathy; daughter Donna Klein and husband Joe, daughter Karen Lee and husband Chuck; granddaughters Isabell, Rachel and Eileen; and her great-grandchildren Olivia and George. Florence was predeceased by her husband Art; her brother Frank Rose; and her sisters Doris Hollenback and Ethel Beveridge.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Mease Manor Assisted Living in Dunedin, Arden Courts in Palm Harbor, and Manor Care in Dunedin, for giving Florence outstanding care when she was no longer able to live independently.

Interment at Bay Pines National Cemetery will be private. Donations in Florence’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).

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  • Donna Klein says:

    Thank you, Mommy. We miss you and love you very much.

  • Melanie says:

    Going to miss you aunt flo. Now u can be at peace with my grandmother..mom.. n other family.. love you ..xoxo.. sending my love and prayers to every one

  • Kathy Hotz says:

    Sadden to hear of the loss of Flo this morning. She was such a sweet soul and good friend. First met when joining Raymond James. My friend Mack and her had a special friendship that i will always remember fondly. You’ll be missed terribly. Love Kathy

  • Brenda says:

    So sad to hear to about Flo. She was such a sweet lady and a joy to work with at RJ.

  • Sue Norman says:

    I knew Flo from my days of working at Raymond James. She was such a sweet, wonderful friend. My sincere condolences to her family.

  • Shelley L Castle says:

    I was sad to hear of Flo’s passing. She was a sweet soul and a dear friend and colleague at Raymond James. She is no longer with us but I’m sure her legacy lives on in her beautiful family that she that she loved dearly and talked about often. God bless you all! ❤

  • Patti Redmond-Marshall says:

    Very saddened to hear of Flo’s passing. We worked at Raymond James for many year although in different departments. She was always smiling when I saw her. Prayers for her family. Love Patti

  • Audrey Talbert says:

    I am very saddened to hear about Flo’s passing away. We worked together for many years at Raymond James. She was a very knowledgeable person and I enjoyed working with her. My thoughts and prayers to her family, she will be missed. Love, Audrey

  • Jennifer Lumsden says:

    Flo was a one of kind person. She was such an amazing friend to my mom Mary Jones. Flo watched all of us grow up and always loved us unconditionally. She and Art were part of our family. She will be missed.

  • MaryJones says:

    I will miss my best friend. We shared many rides to and from work.. We stayed friends after we retired. It was hard to watch her decline .
    She wii always be my friend.

  • Lisa says:

    Now your in a better place with lots of family you definitely will be missed. Wish we all still lived close to one another miss partys at your house in Hawthorne. Well sending ((hugs)) and prayers to everyone. I love and miss you all. RIP Aunt Flo

  • Sharon Young says:

    So sorry to hear that Flo passed away. I worked with her at Raymond James and she was one of my favorite people. She always took the time to listen. We had many talks about family and just life in general. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.