OTTUMWA — Florence C. Appleby, 103, of Silvis, Ill., died Dec. 20, 2005, at home.

She was born Dec. 16, 1902 in Arad, Hungry to Frank and Eva Kern Bleiceffer. She married Aaron J. Appleby Jan. 30, 1925 in Ottumwa, Iowa. He died Dec. 2, 1976.

Florence owned and operated Appleby’s Cafe in Eldon, Iowa for 17 years. She owned and raced standard breed harness horses for over 50 years.

Survivors include daughter, Eloise “Elly” Ellis of Silvis, Ill.; three grandchildren, Bobby Ellis of East Moline, Ill., Diane Pastorek of Rock Island, Ill. and Rollie Gene Ellis of Missoula, Mont.; eight grandchildren, Chris Ellis, Aaron Ellis, Marc Ellis, Brandon Ellis, Ryan Ellis, Courtney Ellis, Nick Pastorek and Angie Pastorek; and two great-great-grandchildren, Nichole Ellis and Joshua Ellis.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis, Ill. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church.

Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, Ill. is in charge of arrangements.

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