Florence Kentaft, 1923-2019

Florence H. Kentaft, 95, of LaPorte, passed away peacefully at 12:40 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at New Carlisle-Millers Merry Manor.

She was born Oct. 17, 1923, in LaPorte to Albert and Genevieve (Czarnecki) Surowiec.

Florence retired from American Home Foods after more than 19 years of service.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society, Polish Falcons of America Nest 564, and the Polish National Alliance.

On June 1, 1957, in LaPorte, she married Adolph “AJ” Kentaft, who preceded her in death Aug. 26, 2018.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; brother, John Surowiec; and nephew, Grant “Granto” Yerbey.

Surviving are her son, Richard “Rick” A. (Lesley) Kentaft of LaPorte; four grandchildren, Paden Kentaft, Richard “AJ” Adolph-James Kentaft, Andrea (Brit) Schoonover and Erin Shoupe-Nebelung; four great-grandchildren, Darien, Hannah, Braden and Kylen; three nieces; and six nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, LaPorte, with Rev. Ian Williams officiating. Visitation and viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, LaPorte. A eulogy by her son Rick and sharing of memories will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. and a Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family, which will be forwarded to Riley Children’s Hospital in memory of Florence H. Kentaft.

Messages of condolences may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.LakeviewFHC.com.

2 Responses to “Florence Kentaft, 1923-2019”

  1. Ann K

    Feb 19. 2019

    Rick and family,
    My memory of your mom is how she would try not to laugh a “good laugh” to hide her “honk”; loved it when she did though.
    Peace to You

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  2. Matt Yozman

    Feb 19. 2019

    My deepest condolences go out to you Rick and family. I have so many fond memories of Uncle AJ and Aunt Florence. They were among the kindest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I will forever remember the cookouts at their home that they had for many years. I smile every time I think of them. I am sad that they are gone, but I am happy they are reunited once again in heaven. The memories I have of them will forever occupy a place in my heart. Matt and family.

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