Florence Theresa Kayser, age 60, of McHenry, died Wednesday, June 5 2014, while en route to East Asia as a flight attendant with United Airlines.
She was born May 20, 1954 in Chicago to William and Gertrude (Marino) Dodd. Raised in Chicago, Florence lived for a time in Glenview and Niles before moving to New York with her parents. After high school, she and her family moved back to Chicago. She moved to Crystal Lake in 1988 and lived in McHenry County for the remainder of her life.
Florence enjoyed a career spanning over 30 years as a flight attendant with United Airlines, having earned senior flight status with the airline. She also was the owner of Florence’s Galleria, which was her traveling shop and business. She attended St. Thomas Church in Crystal Lake.
Enjoyments included fashion and interior design, cooking and baking, as well as hosting parties. She loved the outdoors, going to all types of concerts, especially the Smashing Pumpkins; and shopping. Florence traveled all over the world. Her son was her most frequent travel buddy, and she also enjoyed experiencing new cultures, foods, and ways of life with friends. Florence was a huge “people” person and will be dearly missed by her family and many friends and co-workers. While at home, she enjoyed the companionship of her two Coton De Tulear dogs, Sophie and Flower.
Survivors include her son and daughter in law, Brian (Stacie) Kayser of McHenry; a brother, Frank Dodd; her aunt, Angelina Masi; her closest cousin, Peggy Olson; and her daughter-in-law’s parents, Mark and Saundra Zehrer of Crystal Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Justen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
Visitation will resume on Tuesday, June 17, from 9 a.m. until prayers at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Avenue (Route 176), Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Interment will be in Crystal Lake Memorial Park Cemetery, Crystal Lake.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an online condolence message for her family.