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Mother of Karen ’74, Catherine ’76, Margaret ’81, Jean & Elizabeth ’85 Harantha passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 23, 2016

Florence M.
Florence M. Harantha, 88, died peacefully June 20, 2016 at St. Clare Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio. She was lovingly surrounded by her 6 daughters “her girls”. She was born August 1, 1927 in New York City to Herman R. and Florence P. (Bull) Rissler. After the death of her father at a young age, she was raised by her mother and stepfather, James L. Burdell. Florence earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Education from Queens College, NYC.
She lived in New York City until she married Stephen F. Harantha on August 26, 1951. She taught in Delaware for 2 years until starting her family. She eventually returned to teaching at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns School for many years.
Florence enjoyed volunteering at St. Luke’s Hospital, her church, and wintering in Lake Worth, Florida. She was a member of the Hummel Club and the Red Hat Society. She also enjoyed cruising with her husband, and with her friends after his death. She was an active member of St. Patrick’s since 1972.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Stephen with whom she shared 47 years of marriage.
Florence is survived by her daughters, Susan (Paul) DeJute, Karen (David) Bird, Catherine (Richard) Talda, Margaret (John) Brandel, Jean Harantha, Elizabeth (James) Ravas; grandchildren, Gregory (Heather), Stephen (Ashley), Lauren DeJute, Christopher, Brian, Darin and Cara Bird, Rebecca (Eric) Ebersole, Caroline and Matthew Talda, Alison, Alex and Rachael Brandel, Andrew Harantha, Stephanie, Gabriella and Philip Ravas. She is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Bernice Misicka and niece, Carolyn Ciaramello and nephew, William Misicka.
Florence was a very devoted and loving wife, mom and grandma. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Visitation will be at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday, June 23 from 2-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will begin in the mortuary on Friday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns. Please leave a condolence message for the family at
As published in The Blade


Funeral Home

Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 865-1295

Published in Toledo Blade on June 22, 2016

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