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Florence (Ober) Mann

Florence (Ober) Mann, formerly of Newton, MA entered into eternal rest on September 6, 2021 at the age of 94. She was the loving daughter of the late Dora (Goldstein) Ober and the late Louis Ober and sister of the late Ruth (Ober) Fleischer, Miriam Ober, and Herbert Ober.

Florence was the devoted wife of the late Theodore “Teddy” Mann, and a loving mother and mother-in-law to their five children and spouses, Leslie and Alan Kaplan of Newton, Rick and Sophie Mann of Newton, Eric and Karen Mann of Chelmsford, Deb and Stu Schmill of Needham, and Stacie and Alan Shapiro of Needham. She was preceded in death by her adored granddaughter Becca Schmill and is survived by nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly. She is also survived by her cherished niece, Judy Herman, of Ashland.

Florence grew up in Brookline and graduated from Brookline High School in 1945. She met Teddy in September of 1949 and they were married four months later. They remained happily married for 44 years, until his passing in April of 1994.

Aside from her family, Florence’s great loves included crossword puzzles, mystery novels, coffee ice cream (especially Brigham’s), and chocolate fudge. As an independent thinker with strong liberal views, she never hesitated to share her political opinions with anyone who would listen.

Florence was a fixture in the City of Newton where her husband served as Mayor for a quarter of a century. She was a volunteer at the Newton Fund for the Arts and the Arthritis Foundation and a long-standing member of Temple Mishkan Tefila. But her starring role was always as a mother. She considered her children to be her greatest accomplishment in life and dedicated herself to their happiness. In turn, her children were deeply devoted to her.

She will be missed by many and forgotten by none.

Funeral services will be for family only at gravesite. To view the recording of Florence’s service please click here.

Shiva will be by Zoom on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Join the Shiva using the following link here.

Donations in Florence’s memory can be made to Boston Medical Center, c/o “Becca’s Gift,” Office of Development, 801 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02118 and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238.

If you would like to leave a condolence note, please visit Florence’s obituary here.


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