Florence L. Brofka, 94, of Marinette, Wis., passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Rennes Health Center-East. She was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Menominee, Mich., to the late William and Sena (Christiansen) Hendrickson.  She was the youngest of eight girls.
    At a young age, Florence was a waitress with her sister, Irene, at Charlie Engler’s Café. In 1943, she went to visit her sister, Mae, and met John Brofka in Lugerville, Wis. They married Oct. 30, 1943. In 1950, they moved to Marinette and had six children.
Florence worked at Davis’s Café for many years, then worked with her friend, Gladys, in her catering business.  She also worked at North Shore Golf Course as a cook with her sister, Margaret; friend Gladys; daughter, Mary; and niece, Pam. Later she worked as a cook at the VFW in Menominee with her nieces: Janise and Carole; and good friend, Frenchy, until her retirement. Florence was a lifetime member of VFW Auxiliary Post 1887 where she traveled all over the United States to conventions. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for over 65 years and was on the Altar Guild and coffee hour committee. Her favorite hobbies were crossword puzzles, league bowling, going to the casino, watching Jeopardy and her soap operas.
     Florence is survived by six children: John Jr. (Debbie), Bill (Cathy), Nancy Brofka, Sharon Drong, Mary E. Fournier and Jeff (Kathy); 11 grandchildren: Richie, Carrie (Roger), Amy, Holly (John), Mike (Lidia), Chris (Jolene), Stephanie (Matt), Brian (Christina), Brandon (Kari), Lisa (Josh) and Kelly; and 29 great-grandchildren, with one on the way. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, John, on Oct. 9, 1997; parents: William and Sena Hendrickson; seven sisters: Mae, Myrtle, Ellen, Irene, Doris, Margaret and Clara; a son-in-law, Albert; and grandson, Timothy.
    Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, from 2 until 5 p.m. Services will follow at 5 p.m., with the Rev. Glenn Kanestrom officiating.
    Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
    A special thank you is extended to the staff at Rennes-East for their kindness and care of Florence these past years.