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Florence E. Northrop, age 87 of Morristown and formerly Bellingham, WA, died on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault.

Private family services will be held at a later date

Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Florence E., the daughter of Elliot and Marion (Bartlett) Cleland, was born January 22, 1926 in Northfield. Florence was previously employed as a nurse with District One Hospital and St. Lucas Care Center, both of Faribault. Our mother is our hero. She was widowed at an early age with 10 children, aged 3 months to 13 years. With the help of a community, and lots of moxie, she was able to keep us under one roof. She nurtured us as we grew and encouraged us to find our own way. Her courage to stand up to the nay sayers, that wanted to split us up, allowed us to blossom. Rest in peace Mom. We Love You and will always hold you in our hearts.

She is survived by nine children, Julia (and Kenneth) Melchert of Faribault, Len (and Lindy Lindberg) Northrop of Bellingham, WA, Michael Northrop of Coral Gables, FL, David (and Isabel Deaver) Northrop of Portland, OR, Jessie (and Earl) Morrow of Oklahoma City, OK, Kevin Northrop of Healdsburg, CA, Larry Northrop of Colorado Springs, CO, Tim (and Yuki Gough) Northrop of Bellingham, WA and Juanita (and Gregg) McConnell of McLean, NY; one sister, Janet (and Robert) Rasmussen of Northfield; 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis in 1963; son, Anthony Northrop; granddaughter, Amy Northrop; brother, Courtney Cleland and two sisters, Doris Cleland and Helen Leggett.

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Name: Peggy (Anderson) Schulz
Email: peggyschulz.53@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday June 19, 2013


To All The Northrops! I am sorry to hear of you Mom's passing. I am sure she is smiling down on all of you. Coming from large families has it's advantages. So many memories for all of you to enjoy reminiscing. Remember the good times and hard times too. They make you who you are today. Be proud of your Mom and all she did for each one of you. Many good memories in Morristown.. Take care. Peggy

Name: lindy
Date: Friday June 14, 2013


I know Florence and my Mom are up there chatting away, keeping each other company and watching over us all. We'll miss them both very much. My heart is out there in Minnesota today with all of you, even if I could not be. Take care of each other. Love, Lindy

Name: Horst Riedner
Date: Thursday June 13, 2013


Len introduced me to his Mom during her visit to California. (Len and I were working at National Semiconductor at that time - the 1990's.) We went to a play that evening to see Les Miserables. It was a special to have Florence there that evening...a great lady with a good sense of humor!! God bless you Florence.

Name: Rick Cleland
Email: rcdcx2@centurylink.net
Date: Thursday June 13, 2013


I was saddened to hear about Florence's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Florence's father & my father Arch Cleland were brothers. I used to stop by & see Uncle Elliot when he was living in Apache Junction, Az many years ago. I wish I would have met Florence as she would have been a 1st cousin., We moved to Arizona in 1949 & unfortunately lost contact with many of our relatives. It sounds like she was a pretty amazing lady. Once again I'm sorry for your loss. Rick Cleland Prescott, Az

Name: Theresa (Golombeski) Hazard
Date: Thursday June 13, 2013


To the family--My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time. I have alot of good memories of all the times spent with all of you when you lived in Morristown. How the family would come out to the farm to spent the day or I would get to go in to town to visit. We went to the same school & church...we almost had a sibling from each family in the same grade. ***I remember the station wagon going into town & the boys sitting on the tailgate...because they smelled a little too much like the farm.....Your Mom said they needed to air out before she got them home. With Deepest Sympathy -- Theresa & Michael Hazard