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Florence V. Teetaert

Florence V. Teetaert

Died: Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Age: 89
City of Grosse Pointe resident Florence V. Teetaert, 89, died on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004.

Born in Detroit on April 6, 1914, she graduated from Grosse Pointe High School as a member of the first graduating class.

Mrs. Teetaert was married to Andrew C. Teetaert, former Police Chief and Director of the Police and Fire Department, for 42 years. She found great happiness and fulfillment in her role as wife and mother. She took particular pride in her sons, Tom, assistant Principal of Grosse Pointe North High School and Jack, an attorney in Appleton, Wis. She was a role model to her daughters-in-law, Cheryl and Linda. She was known as “Mimi” to her six adored grandchildren. Generous to a fault, she never forgot a birthday. Her capacity to love was unparalleled. Her independent spirit was, and continues to be, an inspiration to her entire family. All who knew Mrs. Teetaert loved her.

Mrs. Teetaert was an inveterate traveler. Her extensive world travel satisfied her lifelong curiosity for people and places. She also had a strong commitment to community, having lived in the City of Grosse Pointe for 78 years. She served on the election board for 52 years and was officially recognized for her loyal service in 2002. She worked at Best and Company for many years, making friends and developing her love of fashion. She enjoyed her work at Grosse Pointe High School where she worked as a school secretary.

Mrs. Teetaert was proud of her Belgium heritage and participated in the Belgium-American Club and the Belgium Retirees organization. She was famous for her Belgium Luerken cookies, distributing hundreds of them to family and friends every Christmas.

In addition to her sons and their wives, she is survived by her grandchildren Tracy, Todd, Torrey, Jessica, Lindsey and Christopher; brother Robert Marshall (Emilie) former Fire Chief of Grosse Pointe; her nieces and nephews, and friends Laura Lawler, Stella DeRonghe and travel companion, Helen Peleman.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew, her brother George and her grandson Benjamin John.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Saint Philomena Catholic Church. Interment is at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Chas. Verheyden Inc.

Memorial contributions may made in Mrs. Teetaert’s name to the American Lung Association.
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