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Florence Josephine Welesko

Florence Josephine Welesko

Nov 25, 1930 - Feb 5, 2024

Florence Josephine Welesko - Obituary


lorence Josephine Welesko passed peacefully on February 5, 2024 after an amazing 93 years of life full of joy, love, and friendship. She lived with a positive attitude and was always willing to lend a hand. Flo spent most of her life in Pennsylvania where she and her husband, Stanley, raised their family. For over 40 years, Flo worked professionally as a registered nurse in a hospital setting and in private practice; but also served as the neighborhood nurse never passing up the chance to examine a wound or take care of a sick child. After retirement, Flo moved to Florida and volunteered as a recording secretary for various organizations, including the Polish Legion of American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary and the Polish American Pulaski Association. She also volunteered as a nurse at her church taking blood pressure screenings. In 2016, Flo moved to Edgewater, Maryland to live closer to her children, where you may have seen her at daily Mass, taking classes or exercising at the Senior Center, or walking around the Villas neighborhood. Her other interests included being with family, playing cards, listening to music, dancing to polkas, designing ceramics, crocheting almost anything (including booties and hats for preemie babies), and baking cakes and pizzelles, which she often shared with friends. Flo is predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Stanley Welesko; mother and father, Helen (Karnas) and Wojciech Fien; siblings, Casimir, Helen, Anna, Laura, Mary Liliose, Mary Edith, Kay, John, Marie, and Dolores; and her son-in-law, David Elberti. She is survived by her sister, Bernice Nevitt and sisters-in-law, Beatrice Welesko and Sophie Welesko. Flo is also survived by her children, Richard Stanley (Lian Zhang) Welesko, Paula Marie (John) Lesko, Patricia Welesko Elberti, and Kathleen (Stephen) Payne; grandchildren, Lindsay (Christopher) Ringenbach, Melinda (Eric) Mothander, Amanda (Jeff Gross) Payne, Zachary Payne and Liliana Zhang; great-grandchildren Romy Florence Ringenbach, Benjamin Edward Mothander, and Owen Stanley Mothander; along with many nieces and nephews, and friends who will always remember her kind and gentle eyes and smile. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Flo’s life on Thursday, February 15 from 6 to 8 pm at Kalas Funeral Home and Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, February 16 at 11 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 515 Loch Haven Road, Edgewater, MD. A Catholic Burial Service and Interment will occur on Saturday, March 16 at 12 noon at St. Mary's Polish Cemetery, 144 Upper Heckman Road, White Oak, PA 15131. Memorial donations can be made to the Smile Train, Washington DC at smiletrain.org Online condolences may be offered using the Memories link on this page.