Florence Mary (Phillips) Bolcer passed away peacefully on June 1, 2020 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Florence was born on August 16, 1936 in Naugatuck, CT to the late Elmer George Phillips and Mary Florence (O’Donnell) Phillips. She was predeceased by her sister, Rosemary (Phillips) McNamara Lavigne of Cheshire, CT. Florence is survived by her husband of 61 years, Thomas H. Bolcer, Jr. and her 5 children: Bruce and Maryellen (Spiegel) Bolcer of Fairfield, CT; Brenda Bolcer of Milford, CT; Beth-Ann Bolcer of Hilton Head Island, SC; Brian and Donna (Kali) Bolcer of Milford, CT and Dennis and Sarah (Hintz) Bolcer of Maple Grove, MN. She is also survived by her sister, Eileen (Phillips) and Richard Butler of Wilbraham, MA, as well as 7 grandchildren: Shannon (Bolcer) Andersen, Derek Bolcer, Emily Bolcer, Thomas Bolcer, Julia Bolcer, Gabrielle Bolcer and Christina Bolcer.
Florence was raised in Connecticut, met her husband on the beach there and ultimately raised her own children there. She took pride in her role of housewife and mother. It was her kitchen where the neighborhood children congregated. She spent many days carpooling her children to each of their sporting events and musical performances. In addition to Connecticut, she also lived in Chicago, St. Louis and South Carolina. Besides being a world class mother of five, she also travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Orient, South America and Canada as well as the United States. One of her trips even took her completely around the world. Once her children were married and settled, she retired with her husband, Tom to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where their children and grandchildren visited them regularly to share days at the beach.
The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Florence’s name to Memory Matters, 117 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.