June 6, 1922 – Dec. 19, 2014
Florence M. Eikenburg of South Buffalo died Dec. 19 at Elderwood Health Care at Lakewood in Hamburg after a short illness.
Born in Buffalo, the former Florence M. Parsons worked as a young person at the family-owned and operated Parsons & Judd drugstores in South Buffalo. She graduated from South Park High School in 1940 and Cornell University in 1944.
Mrs. Eikenburg worked at AM&As department store in downtown Buffalo for several years, becoming an assistant buyer. She later worked as a U.S. Census taker and for the L.L. Berger department store. For many years until her retirement she was a teacher’s aide, attendance officer, and most recently, paraprofessional teacher, for the Buffalo Public Schools. She was also an election inspector for Erie County for many years, most recently in 2013.
She served three terms as president of the Women’s Board of the Deaconess Center/HighPointe on Michigan Avenue in Buffalo, and an active volunteer in its gift shop for many years. She also served as board secretary for several years.
Mrs. Eikenburg was a member of Ailiamsi Court No. 12 of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America in Buffalo, served in the office of Marshal for many years, and as princess in 2005-06. In 2003, she was appointed, installed and served as an honorary grand aide to Grand High Priestess Charlene Carpenter of the LOSNA.
In March 2006, Mrs. Eikenburg was installed as high priestess of Ailiamsi Court for 2006-2007 and the next year served as a grand page to Grand High Priestess Janene Hampton. In 2008, she was appointed, installed and served as an honorary grand aide to Grand High Priestess Judith Cline-Junkins of the LOSNA. Mrs. Eikenburg was also active with the Ailiamsi Court’s Sunbeams and Past High Priestess groups and chaired and modeled in several benefit fashion shows.
An avid knitter, she supported the Fredonia Migrant Tutorial Program by knitting over 100 pairs of winter hats and mittens to be distributed to children in the program.
A huge supporter of the Buffalo Bills, Mrs. Eikenburg had been a member of the Buffalo Bills’ Monday Quarterback Club for over 20 years. She also participated in bridge and pinochle clubs for over 30 years.
In November 2003, the Florence M. Eikenburg Scholarship in Geosciences endowment fund was established in her honor at the Fredonia College Foundation to benefit women geosciences students of the State University of New York at Fredonia, with the first scholarship awarded in Fall 2007.
Her husband of 62 years, Charles C., died Aug. 26, 2000.
Survivors include her sons, Dr. Douglas C. and Jeffrey F.; a daughter, Lisa Gay; and three grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loomis, Offers & Loomis Inc., Memorial Chapel, 1820 Seneca St.