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Florence (Zechoski) Romanek

Florence 'Floss' (Zechoski) Romanek

Florence "Floss" (Zechoski) Romanek passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was born Nov. 23, 1930, in Cloquet, Minn., to John and Bernice (Billiter) Zechoski and was a lifelong resident. Floss graduated from Cloquet High School in 1948 and began her working career with Johnson Bros. Clothing Store, Northwest Paper, Reliable Investments, and was secretary to the administrator of Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital. She married Steve "Cubby" Romanek May 9, 1953, and together they owned and operated Romanek Vending Service for 23 years. Floss (along with Cubby) managed their daughter Renata's all-girl polka band. Floss handled the record sales, correspondence, and on top of that did all the driving for the girls, logging over a half million miles (driving van, then motor coach) in the eight and a half years the group was together. Floss was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church and formerly belonged to the Polish Church, St. Casimir's. She was a lifelong member of both the VFW Auxiliary Post 3979 and the Disabled American Veterans Association (DAV).

The family would like to thank the staff of the Chris Jensen facility for the four and half years of their loving and compassionate care. Floss sends lots of smiles and kisses their way.

Floss was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bernice; sister Lucille A. Nordman; and a godson, Scott Nordman.

She is survived by her husband, Steve "Cubby"; daughter, Renata (Kevin) Crowley; grandson, Joseph "Whit"; step-grandson, Matt (Jessie) Crowley; and step-great-grandchildren, Hunter and Haley.

Visitation: Monday April 21, from 5-7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service at Nelson Funeral Care, Cloquet, and Tuesday, April 22, from noon until the 1 p.m. Memorial Mass at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Cloquet. A celebration luncheon immediately followed at the Cloquet VFW. See the online guest book at

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April 17, 2014 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.