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Dr. Florence M. Schubert Obituary


Dr. Florence Marguerite Schubert passed away peacefully in candlelight on June 26th at the age of 97. She had been a long-time senior resident of the Mayo Clinic Charter House in Rochester Minnesota. Florence was born September 5, 1923 at home on the family farm near Utica Minnesota. She was preceded in passing by parents Walter H and Edna A (Schwager) Schubert, her two older brothers Walter O, and Elmer R, and Niece Ann (Schubert) Little. She is survived by three of her brother’s children, Brian Schubert, Cheryl Bernard, and Tana Danials.

When Florence was very young, there were times when she would attend to the needs of her older brother Walter who suffered from osteomyelitis (a degeneration of his leg bone). This experience and being then referred to by her family as “the little nurse”, helped determine her future career path in nursing.  Following graduation from Lewiston High School in 1941, she attended Winona State in Pre-Nursing followed by three years as a US Cadet Nurse Corps trainee at the Kahler School of Nursing. While serving as a Corps Nurse stateside she earned her RN in 1945. Throughout her early years of practice, she developed an intense interest in Psychiatric Nursing. She went on to finish her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Education from the University of Minnesota in 1954. After her initial education, she went on to complete her Master’s Degree in 1960 at the University of Washington, and later her Doctoral Degree in education at Columbia University.

Throughout her early career including serving as a neuro surgery nurse, dermatology nurse, and labor/delivery nurse, she enjoyed interactions with patients and subsequent follow-up appointments. Her strong interest in helping people deal with their issues fostered her desire to educate students in psychiatric nursing. She therefore focused her future studies toward receiving her PHD in education.

World War II was particularly tragic for Florence following the loss of her fiancée serving as a Navy Seabee at Iwo Jima and Philippines. Subsequently Florence never married, focusing instead on her career and helping people.

Florence took on positions as Instructor of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Washington Seattle, St. Olaf College Northfield MN, Associate Professor and Chair Psychiatric Nursing University of Maryland Baltimore and also as Director of Graduate Studies University of Wisconsin, Professor & Head of Nursing Education Program Development at Luther College Decorah IA. Dr. Schubert finished her Nursing Education career at Augustana College in Sioux Falls SD retiring as Professor Emeritus.

Florence’s retirement years have been filled with activities too numerous to list. Among her most notable voluntary contributions were: Victim Services Sexual Assault Program, Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester Methodist Hospital Auxiliary, American Cancer Society, Rochester Senior Center, Samaritan Bethany, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Mayo Health Plan, Mayo Clinic Research Volunteer.

The Celebration of Life Service will be held in-person and streamed on the internet Sunday August 1, 2021 at 12:30 PM at the Zumbro Lutheran Church 624 3rd Ave. SW Rochester MN.

Go to Zumbrolutheran.org for live or later YouTube internet service streaming.