Flossie Ruth Longsdorf Caturia


(August 2, 2002)

Flossie Ruth Longsdorf Caturia, 89, died Aug. 2 at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.

Flossie was born May 13, 1913 in Arkansas, Pepin County, Wisc., the daughter of John H. and Lucy E. Longsdorf. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Flossie graduated from high school in Durand, Wisc., in 1930 and excelled in secretarial procedures.

She was raised on the family farm and worked hard along with her parents and siblings. Flossie had a great love for music and would walk five miles a week to piano lessons. To pay for the lessons, Flossie would sell eggs to the local market. She was well known for her musical ability in her community and was pianist at her church. She loved nature and people and shared her love for both throughout her lifetime.

On July 25, 1935, she married William Thomas Caturia. They ventured to Wyoming where they settled and raised their family. Flossie was greatly devoted to her family and friends and loved unconditionally. She was deeply loved by all who knew her. Her hobbies were music, gardening and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lucy Longsdorf; her brothers, Florian, Lester and Johnny Longsdorf; her husband, William T. Caturia; and her grandson, Robert Allen Caturia.

Flossie is survived by her sister, Lela Eggenburger; her husband, Earl of Maiden Rock, Wisc.; her sisters, Peggy Swanson of Red Wing, Minn.; her son, Scott Allen Caturia and wife Priscilla of Lovell; her daughter, Karen Lela Smith and husband Stephen J. of Douglas; six grandchildren, Robin Griffin and husband Randy, Joy Osban and husband Mark, Marcus Smith and wife Tycie, Heather Kidd and husband Erick, Krista Howe and husband Ben, and Kade Caturia; 13 great-grandchildren, Racheal, Jorden, Eric, Jade, Drake, Jennifer, Bryan, Jackie, Mike, Brittney, Brianna, Elyssa and one more on the way; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Aug. 5 at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or New Horizons Health Care Center in Lovell.