COOPERSTOWN — A beautiful light was lost at sunrise on Friday, March 10, 2017.
Florence was born Feb. 2, 1929, in the town of Fairfield, the daughter of Charles and Maggie (Hayes) Pye.
She lived on a farm in Litchfield where she grew up learning the values of hard work, integrity, love of family and a strong faith.
Flossie attended school in Frankfort and West Winfield and later graduated from Plattsburg State Teachers College. She went on to teach home economics in Frankfort until starting her family.
She was married to Thomas S. Senif on July 19, 1952 and enjoyed a union of 47 years until his death in 1998. Their seven children were raised in love.
In April 2010, she was married to Norman Nicholas and they enjoyed five wonderful years together until his death.
Her strong faith in God carried her through life. She was a communicant of St. Joseph the Worker Church in West Winfield.
Flossie believed in all that was good. She was fun-loving, patient, kind and fair. She saw goodness in everyone and all were welcome in her home. A true believer in justice and democracy, she was a devoted and proud citizen of her community and country.
Flossie loved to dance and sing and especially liked Dixieland Jazz and Frank Sinatra. She was also known to gloat about beating everyone in a good game of pitch.
Flossie's pleasures in life included sewing, gardening, bird watching, baking pie and in earlier years, spending summers at Third Lake in Old Forge.
Her ultimate joy came from her family. She took great pride in her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren, participating in their lives, passing on her wisdom and love.
Florence was the loving mother of seven children, Carol (Thomas) Price, Mary Pace, Bill (Michelle) Senif, Tom "Tiger" (Pam) Senif, Bridget (Nick) Cerrone, and Ann (Leo) Meccariello. She was blessed with grandchildren, Maggie, Amanda, Colleen, Damian, Sam, Kate, Suzanna, Danny, Emily, Audrey, Kurt, Elizabeth, Julia, Erin, Anthony, Gina and Andrew; and great-grandchildren, Cora, Rhianna, Noah, Lucas, Xander, Lilly, Bennett, Emerson and Anderson; her brother, Ralph Pye; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, John L. Senif; and brother, Everett Pye.
Flossie had life-long, wonderful friendships, including those with the Litchfield girls and her kind neighbors.
Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Bassett Healthcare for their compassionate care.
Calling hours were 2 to 5 p.m., Monday, March 13, at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 365 West Main St., West Winfield. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 305 West Main St., West Winfield. A celebration of Flossie's life was held at the West Winfield VFW immediately after the funeral mass.
Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery later in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Joseph the Worker Parish or the West Winfield Fire & Ambulance Co.
Messages of sympathy may be made online at www.dfwefh.com.
Arrangements are by the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes of West Winfield.
Published on March 15, 2017