Florence Hardtarfer

Memorial Services for Florence Samples Hardtarfer, 74, Lawrence, KS will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Private inurnment will be at a later date. She died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at her home.

Florence was born on September 8, 1938 in Edgerton, KS, the daughter of Daniel and Wilma Samples.

She was a retired real estate agent in Lawrence.  She and her husband Gene formerly owned Hardtarfer Real Estate in Lawrence.

Florence volunteered for over 20 years for the Meals on Wheels Program. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and bridge player.  She was passionate about those close to her.

She was married to Eugene L. Hardtarfer on October 4, 1958 in Wichita, KS.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Daniel and his wife,  Brenda Hardtarfer, of Lawrence, KS, a daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Jake Greenup, of Casper, Wyoming, her mother, Wilma Samples Pusch, of Lawrence, KS, a sister, Carol Wenk, of Muskegon, MI, and four grandchildren, Brandon Hardtarfer, Jaymie Hardtarfer, Katherine Greenup, and Heather Maeger. She was preceded in death by her father and her sister, Norma.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in her name to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses and Hospice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

26 Condolences

  1. Jennifer Greenup on January 23, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I miss you already mom, my mother and my dearest friend.

  2. Martia Rockhold on January 23, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I will be with all of you on saturday. Love you all

  3. Lori Holden on January 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

    You were a great substitute mom that one summer I spent with you. You will be missed terribly by those who love you. Godspeed, Mrs Hardtarfer.

  4. peggy Martin on January 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

    To all of you I send my love and condolences. I will see you Saturday.

  5. Kris Hicks on January 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    To Gene and family, such a wonderful lady your Florence..she brought joy into any room. May you find comfort in your memories.

  6. Cristi Catt on January 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I send my condolences to you all. I have such lovely memories of Florence and am grateful that she was a part of my extended family.

  7. Mary Ann Carlsom on January 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Losing my best friend/mom was so difficult for me, but I knew she was in a better place. I know it will be a great loss for all of you, but, as you say, she is out of pain now and I am sure she is smiling down on all of you! My prayers are with you all.

  8. Savannah Pearce on January 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I still cannot believe she’s gone. What an amazing woman she was. Her spirit will live on forever. She made a lasting impression on my life and was taken from us far too soon. There were so many things about her that were simply unforgettable. I could go on and on! I love you Florence, you were truly like a grandmother to me. Words cannot express how much you will be missed.

  9. Donna Lewis on January 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    To Gene and family, Florence now knows all the answers to all the questions in the universe. I know she is happy to be with her Dad and her sister. She is watching all of us now. We miss her very much, as she was taken to soon. Memories are the left overs of life and she gave us such wonderful ones. Herschel and I will see you Saturday. If there is anything we can do for you, let us know.

  10. David Holroyd on January 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Dan and Jennifer and their families and to Florence’s mother and husband Gene you had a jewel of a wife, a mother and daughter.

    So many times I would stop to visit Gene and Florence and they always had time to discuss the world issues and Lawrence as well. I think back about how Florence shared her family with me, Jennifer in Lindsborg, Dan’s family and fire department work, her mother’s life and move to Lawrence and of course her love, Gene. I am quite frankly shocked to find out about this and am certain Florence is in charge wherever her soul has departed. She will have the last word, with a smile!

  11. Ryan Devlin on January 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s death. She & my mom had great conversations during Meals on Wheels. My mom thought highly of your mom. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

  12. Carol Wenk on January 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I will miss you, girl. Save a few laughs for me for when I see you again. And don’t let Normie stray too far away. You are now officially in charge of keeping track of her.

  13. Melanie Connell on January 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Words cannot express the deep sympathies that are swimming around in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jake and the rest of your family. I love what one of the above journal entries said. Memories are the leftovers of life. I’m sure you have many “leftovers” that will bring you comfort and smiles as you grieve this loss. Let me know if there is anything I can do when you return to Casper. Love, Mel

  14. Nate and Nadine Dexter on January 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    jennifer and jake, our prayers and sympathies are with you and your family. i know you will cherish all your memories, we send prayers and love your way!

  15. Frank Wright on January 24, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Gene -sorry for the loss of your wife and life partner Florence. May your family sustain you in your grieving.

  16. Chuck and Carolyn Woodling on January 24, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Gene, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.

  17. Earl and Abe Waters on January 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Florence was a very great lady, and will be greatly missed by all her family and her many friends. My wife, Dee Anne, loved and respected Florence as a wonderful friend and bridge club member.

  18. Linda & Jim Young on January 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Florence made the best apple pies! We always looked forward having a slice (or two) at Dan & Brenda’s July 4th celebrations. Our loving thoughts to Gene, Jen, Dan and their families.

  19. Jacque Bagwell on January 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Jennifer and family, I’m so sorry for your loss – our loss. Your mother was always so kind to me and a joy to be around. She loved you all so.

  20. Rosie and Jim Beltch on January 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Gene, Dan, Jen,
    I am so sorry for your loss of your wife, mother, and best friend. I feel so blessed having her as a friend. God bless you all.

  21. O. Newton King on January 24, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I wish to send my sympathy to Gene and Dan and Family.Florence was always a bright spot in my day when ever we would meet.

  22. Kathy Maeger on January 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I am blessed to have gotten to meet your mother at the wedding. She was so warm and loving towards our family. I am praying for you this day that the peace of God will be with you and your family.

  23. Rodger and Sheryl Henry on January 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss and are thinking of you at this sad time.

  24. Susan (Studebaker) Boehnke on January 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Your families will be in my prayers…

  25. Susan (Studebaker) Boehnke on January 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Your families will be in my prayers…

  26. Raymond Russin on January 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Ann and I are so sorry for your loss. My the comfort of our loving God surround you.

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