Florine Pauline Caroline Sturm was born on February 26, 1936 in Rowena, Texas. She was the youngest of eighteen children born to Paul and Josephine (Pelzel) Sturm. She attended Kristoff, Rowena and Miles schools. As a child she loved to play baseball and attend dances. At 16, she met Alton Odell of San Angelo. He joined the military and became a pilot for the Air Force. They were married on December 27, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rowena. They had five children: Debbie, Curtis, Sherry, Karen and Cindy. Florine and Alton farmed and ranched together while Alton continued his work with the Air Force Reserve. In the 1970’s, Florine began her career at Ethicon. She enjoyed her work and after 18 years, she retired. Alton and Florine spent 40 years together and on January 23, 1995 Alton left to be with Jesus. Florine continued their farming business. She was a Concho Valley Coop Director for several years. Florine enjoyed working with flowers, yard work, dominoes, sewing and quilting. She prayed for 2 years to find someone special to come into her life. She asked that he would be active in his faith and be good to her children. Her prayers were answered and she became reacquainted with James Kellermeier, a former classmate of hers at Miles High School. They were married on February 5th, 2000. Florine has been blessed in marriage twice with two wonderful men who loved her very much. Alton was the biological father and James became a chosen, dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Together they shared 14 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren with another one on the way. Florine is preceded in death by her late husband Alton Odell, her grandsons: Lance Hartman, Chris Hartman, Ryan Hartman, Garrett Hartman, and her Brothers: Richard Sturm, Fred Sturm, Louis Sturm, Henry Sturm and her sisters, Elizabeth Sturm, Angeline Sturm, Helen Matthiesen, Tillie Piel, Josephine Schwertner and Louise Schwertner. She is survived by her husband, James Kellermeier, of Miles; her children, Debbie Hartman and her husband Ronnie, of San Angelo, Curtis Odell and his wife Elise, of San Angelo, Sherry Odell, of San Angelo, Karen Brest and her husband Robert, of San Angelo, Cindy Sharp and her husband Gary Don, of Lamesa; her grandchildren Colby Odell, Josh Odell, Maegan Mash, Abby Moorman, Ashley Odell, Amanda Burleson, Alissa Itz, Haley Belew, Heath Odell, Derek Brest, Blake Hartman, Sadie Brest, and Macy Sharp; her great-grandchildren Jaycee Hickey, Steely Mash, Kensly Mash, Wyatt Mash, Corbyn Odell, Evelyn Itz, Emerson Itz, Liam Itz, Hudson Belew, Collins Belew, Cutler Burleson, Collin Burleson, Khloe Odell, Klaridi Odell, Kirkland Odell, Noah Moorman, Luke Moorman, Aubrey Moorman, and Michael Moorman; her Sisters, Patsy Rohmfeld, Julia Rohmfeld, Rosa Schwertner, Emma Kruppa, Frieda Janca, Dorine Matthiesen, and Lorene Cmerek. The Vigil Service and recitation of the holy rosary will be 5:30 P.M., Sunday, February 4, 2018 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 5, 2018 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers for the service will be her grandsons. In lieu of flowers, please consider one of Florine’s favorite charities: St.Thomas – Building Fund- Father Ariel, Father Joe’s Angel Society or Father Jesu Rajan’s Foyers of Charity.
We would love to express our gratitude to Dr. Rahman, Dr. Prieto, Dr. Blanc and Diane Alford and their loving staff.
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