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Florence Lennea Minning

Florence Lennea (Flo) Minning, age 89, of Austin, Texas (formerly of Bloomington) died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.

Flo was born and raised in Rosholt, S.D., a small farming community in the northeastern corner of South Dakota, to Adolph and Hulda Erickson.

After high school, Flo moved to Chicago to attend college. It was while living in Chicago that she met Edward A. Minning, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage.

Flo Minning’s name was synonymous with bowling. She enjoyed participating in leagues and tournaments, as well as holding various office positions and coaching junior bowlers.

She and her husband, Ed, owned and operated Family Bowl & Restaurant in Dassel for 10 years. Flo continued to bowl until a broken heel took her out of the sport at the age of 85.

Following her years as a business owner, Flo went to work for the City of Bloomington, where she became supervisor of the Driver Motor Vehicle Division. Living in Bloomington gave her the opportunity to attend a few baseball games. An avid Twins fan, she tried to get to every opening game she could to wave her “Homer Hanky.”

If not bowling or attending baseball games, Flo enjoyed reading and keeping her mind sharp. You could often find her at the library catching up with current events.

Flo made the best of difficult situations. Her husband, Ed, was declared legally blind due to diabetes. He also underwent major heart surgery, had a stroke, and suffered from lung cancer. However, Flo’s positive attitude always kept her going.

Flo was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; parents; a sister, Eleanore; and brothers Gordon and Clarence.

She is survived by her only son, Edward A. Minning, Jr. (Lynn) of Austin, Texas; granddaughter Jennifer (Gary) Robinson of Pflugerville, Texas; grandson Christopher Minning of Pflugerville, Texas; niece Cherlyn (Roger) LeVoir of Apple Valley; Marsha (Brad) Olson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Perry Erickson of Minneapolis; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service took place Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Texas. Interment followed at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery.

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