Florence Griffith Schoenberg passed away peacefully Dec. 31 at her Baiting Hollow home. She was 86.
Born Nov. 25, 1928, in Owosso, Mich. to Roy and Alice Griffith, she spent most of her childhood in Woodstown, N.J. She attended Woodstown High School, participating in team sports and musical organizations and graduated as valedictorian. Florence attended New Jersey College for Women (Rutgers), where she majored in Spanish and minored in music. She sang in the college’s Vorhees Chapel Choir, performing under Eric Leinsdorf and Leonard Bernstein. Florence later received her master’s degree in education from Hofstra University.
After briefly living in Glens Falls, N.Y., Florence and her family moved to Malverne, N.Y., where they lived for many years before moving to Baiting Hollow in 2000. She taught Spanish at Malverne High School for 27 years, taking many students to Spain every year. She also taught advanced college courses at Malverne High School, which were sponsored by Adelphi University.
While living in Baiting Hollow, Florence sang in the Old Steeple Community Church choir in Aquebogue. Her husband, George, was the church interim organist for seven years.
In addition to her husband of 64 years; Florence is survived by her daughter, Christine, of New York City; her son, Paul, of Denver; and her brother, Leroy, of Woodstown.
The family received visitors Jan. 5 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service was held Jan. 6 at Old Steeple Community Church. Interment took place at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101 or Old Steeple Community Church Memorial Fund.
This is a paid notice.