Florine Elaine Filipiak, 89, passed away on January 23, 2020,
surrounded by her loving children. She is now in the loving arms of
Florine was born on January 5, 1931, to Frederick and Josephine
(Votruba) Erdman.  She grew up in the Ladysmith area and
graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1948.  Her first job was
working as a secretary for an insurance company in Ladysmith.  In
1951, she married Ernest C. Filipiak.  They farmed for many years
in the Jump River area, while raising their six children.  They moved
to Gilman in 1974 where they remained.  She and her husband ran
the Florine motel for many years.  They later spent a few years in
Florida, where she worked as a dispatcher for a construction
company, but eventually they returned to Gilman.   Florine also
worked as a secretary at the DNR office in Medford and at the
Commission on Aging Department at the Taylor County Courthouse
in Medford.  
Florine remained living in Gilman until she had a stroke in May of
2019.  She eventually moved to Care Partners Assisted Living in
Eau Claire, so she could be closer to her daughter.  She was also
under the care of St. Croix hospice.  
Florine loved to garden, make crafts, and care for the many pets
she had over the years.  She loved watching the birds in her bird
feeder and taking care of her precious cat, Boots.  Her greatest joy,
however, came from the love she had for her children,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She always had a smile
on her face and had a wonderful sense of humor.  Her compassion
and love were her greatest gifts to all those who knew and loved
She is survived by her children, Lori Robinson of Stanley, Nora
(Patrick) Wood of Eau Claire, Robert (Debbie) Filipiak of Westboro,
Tom (Natalie) Filipiak of Florida, and Jerry Filipiak of Florida, as
well as her 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  She will
be missed by her family more than words can ever express.  Florine
was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ernie, her son,
George Filipiak, two brothers (Frederick (Helen) Erdman, Jr.) and
Robert (Mabel) Erdman and her grandson, Kenny Robinson.
A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29,
2020 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Hannibal with Pastor
Beverly Thompson Officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Nebo
Cemetery in Jump River. Visitation will be on Wednesday at 12 p.m.
at the church until the time of the service.  Plombon Funeral home
assisted the family with arrangements.

Special thanks to St. Croix hospice for the incredible care she
received.  Words can never express the appreciation for the many
loving hours spent caring for her and her family as well.  Many
thanks also to the amazing staff at Care Partners Assisted Living in
Eau Claire.  Thank you for making her feel like she was living at
home, surrounded by loving family.  Special thanks also to her
pastor, Bev Thompson, for giving mom such peace about this next
journey of her life, as well as the wonderful support to her family.