Florence Emily Montealegre
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Florence Emily Montealegre
  • March 23, 1930 - December 19, 2017
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

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Florence Emily Montealegre (ne Kissman) died after a short illness in Williamsburg, Virginia at the age of 87.

She is survived by her children Steven(Barbara), Beth(Carl) and James(Barbara), 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William.

Florence was born in Bridgeman, Michigan on March 23, 1930, to immigrants Edward and Bertha Kissman. She was part of a large, spirited family, and, as the oldest of 7 children, helped care for her younger brothers and sisters. She graduated from the New Buffalo Michigan High School and married her soul mate, William Mann Montealegre in 1948.

Florence was an accomplished seamstress and artist. She and Bill combined their artistic abilities to create a successful craft business in Texas, where they made their home for many years, and were regular contributors to the prestigious Texas State Arts and Crafts Show. After moving to Williamsburg, Florence worked for area museums, including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation. She was particularly proud of the work she did for the film industry creating props for the 2005 film The New World and the 2008 HBO series John Adams.

Her greatest source of pride, though, was her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved them all dearly, as they loved her, and she made it her life's work to encourage their success and share her wisdom with them. Florence will be greatly missed and faithfully remembered for her thoughtful, caring nature, expressed most generously through her cooking, sewing and creativity.

A memorial service is scheduled in Michigan in March at which time she will be interred next to her beloved Bill. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a favorite charity. The family would like to thank the staff of Spring Arbor and At Home Hospice for their skilled and dedicated care.

Online condolences for the family may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.