Florence Metzger

Florence C. Metzger

December 6, 1926 - April 16, 2020
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NAPLES, FLORIDA - Florence Carolyn (Mullen) Metzger, 93, loving mother, sister and friend to many, passed peacefully into heaven, Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Born in Vineland, New Jersey, December 6, 1926, she was the daughter of Isaac T. and Annabelle Glover Mullen. She graduated from Vineland High School at 16 years of age, going on to earn a BA in Elementary Education from Beaver College in PA. She taught in Trenton and Bloomfield, NJ public schools.

July 29, 1949, she married Frederick “Bud” Metzger. They lived in East Orange, moving to Bloomfield, then West Orange before settling in Livingston, New Jersey where they reared their six children.

Florence loved studying the Bible and attending Bible studies all her life. She was a member of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Westfield, NJ, Lakeview Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Rockport, ME and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Naples, FL.

She was a beloved teacher to hundreds of students and enjoyed the final years of her teaching career as a 1st grade aide in her daughter Pam’s classroom in Durham, NC.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Metzger, son Craig, and her siblings Ruth, Joe, Woodrow, Hop, Mary, Whitney, Jane and Tom. She is survived by her brother Roy Mullen of Vienna, VA, her six children: Frederick Metzger of Parsippany, NJ ; Ruth Vlaardingerbroek (Rudy) of Naples, FL; Gary Metzger (Carol) of Bethlehem, PA; Nancy Moriarty (Michael) of Edgewater, MD; Pam Holland of Owls Head, ME and Cindy Phillips (Stephen) of Lookout Mtn, GA, grandchildren Kevin (Lindsey) Vlaardingerbroek, Matthew (Morganne) Vlaardingerbroek, Jody (Vinnie) Spera, Andrew (Becky) Moriarty, James Moriarty, Lindsay (Dustin) Gardner, Jeff Holland, Kate (Parker) Swayze and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions. To share a memory or story with Mrs. Metzger’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland, Maine.
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    Ocean View Cemetery
    Route 73
    South Thomaston, ME 04858
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Due to COVID-19 social distancing directives, a memorial service will be announced at a later date.


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Robert & Joyce Petterson

Posted at 12:34pm
Dr. Bob Petterson
Flo was a woman of great humor, who loved to tease her pastors. Almost every Sunday morning, she would say something outrageous to get my goat. She was also a proud Presbyterian, who loved to talk endlessly about our glorious history. I always looked forward to seeing her on Sunday, and getting my weekly ribbing. I suspect that Heaven is laughing a lot more since Flo arrived. With love and deepest sympathy, Bob & Joyce

Rich Scarlato

Posted at 12:27pm
Florence was a very sweet animated woman with a great memory. I was glad to have met her at a hospital stay 5 years ago when she impressed me so much with her memory of English literature and scripture. Little did I know we would meet again at Covenant Presbyterian Church and yet again to come in the hereafter.
Richard and Lynn Scarlato

Nancy Moriarty

Posted at 10:47am
From Fred: "I am grateful to God for having had Mom for 68 years. Hr fruitful 93 years were characterized by love of family, both immediate and extended; love of Christ and his church; hospitality to friends near and far; love of children (in and out of school); books, music, museums and historic sites. She had a deep affection for the Mullen home in Vineland, as well as her more recent homes in Maine North Carolina and Florida. With everlasting gratitude and love, Fred Metzger" 2 Timothy 4:7,8 "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will aware to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who have loved his appearing."

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