Florence H. Filkoff
Our beloved mother, Florence Haskell Filkoff, 90, of Tamarac, FL, and formerly from West Hartford, CT, peacefully departed this world early on November 12, 2018, leaving behind Irene S. Kincaid and her husband Bradley, of Margate, FL; Caryn Joy Julian of Tamarac, FL and her son Cody Myers of San Diego, CA; and Rebecca Filkoff, her husband, Philip Pandolfo, and their daughter, Caroline Pandolfo of West Hartford, CT, and their daughter, Gina Pandolfo, of Burlington, VT. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph S. Filkoff. Florence (Fagie) also leaves behind her sisters Louise (Libby) Langlieb of Racine, WI; Roberta (Berty) Cain of East Hartford, CT; and Helene (Hanky) Van de Wege of Ann Arbor, MI, as well as nieces, nephews, and friends, all who thought the world of her. Among Florence's many talents and pursuits, she was a life-master bridge player, an accomplished pianist, and an avid tennis player. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and neighbors at Kings Point.
Florence graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford, CT. Ambitious and hard working, Florence succeeded in her careers as caterer, bookkeeper, piano teacher, Sunday School music teacher and accompanist at Temple Sinai in Newington, CT, nursery school teacher at Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford, CT, proprietor of Nationwide Wig Imports in Hartford, CT, duplicate bridge teacher and bridge director at Hartford Bridge Club in West Hartford, CT, Boneventure Bridge Club in Weston, FL, and Westside and Kings Point Bridge Clubs in Tamarac, FL. She was known for her calm disposition at the bridge table and was sought after as a partner. While raising a family, summers were spent at Ocean Beach in New London, CT, where Flo and Joe ran a guest house. Afternoons were spent on the beach playing Scrabble and knitting fair isle sweaters. Her cooking, baking and party making were the greatest. She was particularly known for her kneidlach (matzo ball) soup, her mondel bread and her jello molds. Entertaining was a snap for her and she always made fabulous birthday parties.
Florence was the sweetest, kindest most loving mom and bubby. She was smart and creative and quick and fun. She loved to walk and it was hard to keep up with her. She seemed to have an uncanny ability to do it all. She lived her life to the fullest, always with a smile on her face. Loved by all, never will she be forgotten.