Florence Margaret Van Camp-Tofani, 102, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2016.
Florence, the fourth of seven children, was born on June 18, 1913 in Armour, South Dakota to Margaret and Edward Carlon. A sister, Mary, and brothers Charles, John, Jim, Joe and Frank, preceded her in death. Three of the brothers served in WWII.
Florence married Merrill Edward Van Camp of Highmore, South Dakota. Their children are Barbara (Valdez), Betty Jo (Patrick Becker), Jerry (Bonnie Rash), and James. Grandchildren are Kim Landwehr, Kristine Ridge, and Kendall Tripp; Patrick Becker, Jr.(Tabitha), Elizabeth Howells (Blake), John Becker (Michelle), and Katy Williams (Dougal); Maria Valdez-Henshaw (Jason), Joseph Van Camp, and Amy Valdez-Fagan (Gerves); Robbie Van Camp, and Jamie Van Camp. Great-grandchildren are Jacob and McKenzie Landwehr; Lexi and Evie Ridge; Ryan, Lauren, Sarah, and Anna Becker; Ellie, Drew, and Katy Howells; Klaus, Maura, and Grace Becker; Ethan and Logan Henshaw; Ryder Tripp; and Emma, Riley, and Margaux Williams.
The family lived in South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, and Idaho, settling in Boise in 1945. Van served in the Navy and later founded a brokerage firm from which he retired. When Van died in 1985, Florence remarried B. Joseph Tofani and they lived in Florida during the winters until “Joe” passed away in 2002.
Florence graduated from Northern State Teachers College and taught in the Boise schools for 10 years. She also conducted a Junior League nursery school. She was honored as a “distinguished citizen” by Governor John Evans for achievements which included service as a Cub Scout den mother, Brownie leader, Boise Philharmonic Youth Concert chairperson, and University of Oregon Mothers’ Club president. She was also cited for United Fund and Voluntary Action community service. Most of all, however, was her service in behalf of St. Alphonsus Hospital, logging over 10,000 hours and serving as Auxiliary President, and Health Planning Board and Board of Advisors member. She also served as Council of Idaho Hospital Auxiliaries chairperson. And many years ago, she directed the Children’s Choir at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.
A celebration of Florence’s life will take place at 11:00 a.m., St. Mark’s Church, 7960 W. Northview, Boise, Idaho 83704 on Thursday, April 28, with a rosary being prayed at 10:15 a.m. Services are under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise.
Thanks are extended to the many caregivers and faithful friends over the years, most recently the staffs of Grace Assisted Living and Harrison’s Hospice, Phyllis Cooper, Kelly Kueny, Pat McMonigle, Ruth Kyle, Nyla Wilmorth, and Carolyn Bennett, among many others.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Alphonsus Hospital, 1055 N. Curtis, Boise, ID 83706.
1913 - 2016