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Florence Rose White, 96, of International Falls, Mn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society in International Falls.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in International Falls, with Rev. Fr. Kris McKusky and Deacon Fran Zaren officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in International Falls.

The pallbearers will be Brian Komula, Richard Ditsch, Michael Komula, Albert Morin, Greg Morin, and Gary Morin.

Florence was born May 26, 1917 in International Falls to Antoine and Aimee (Carriere) La Blanc. She attended St. Thomas School in International Falls.

She married Albert Ouellette in 1934 in Fort Frances, Ont. and lived there for five years. He passed away in 1936.

In 1941, she married Joseph White in International Falls.

She was employed at St. Thomas Aquinas parish and school for 20-plus years, retiring in the early 1980s.

She loved gardening, fishing, quilting, knitting, blueberry-picking, and canning. She also loved music, played the harmonica, and sang all the time.

She loved spending her summers on her island on Manitou Sound for many years, fishing, gardening, and spending time with her family. She always accepted whatever life brought her way, was always optimistic, and had a marvelous sense of humor.

She was known as the “social butterfly” or the “party girl” at the care center, never wanting to miss out on anything!

She also was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.

Florence is survived by her daughter, Darlene Ouellette-Komula of Albuquerque, N.M.; son, Ronald White of Angora, Mn.; grandsons, Michael Komula of Vista, Calif. and Brian Komula of Albuquerque, N.M.; granddaughter, Kristine Denman of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three great-grandchildren, Kara Komula, and Kimberly and Gabriel Denman, all of Albuquerque, N.M.

Also surviving are two sisters, Rose Morin of International Falls, Mn. and Lillian Amundson of Clarkston, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

Florence was predeceased by her first husband, Albert Ouellette and an infant daughter, Shirley Ouellette, in 1936; her second husband, Joseph White, in 1980; her parents, Aimee and Antoine La Blanc; granddaughter, Kim Komula; and siblings, Alexena Turenne, Clarence La Blanc, Clara Johnson, Felix La Blanc, Emma Miljonovich, Isabelle Engelking, and Cecilia Leone.

In memoriam donations may be made to St. Thomas Church or St. Thomas School in International Falls, or the Alzheimer’s Association (

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