TRAVERSE CITY — Florine Agnes Mort, age 91, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully with her family present on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Florine was born on May 14, 1922, in St. Johnsbury, Vt.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Cordelia (Dumas) Gagnon; her brothers, Gilbert, Theodore and Alfred Jr.; her husband, Joseph Leo Mort; her fifth son, Christopher Mort; and her grandson, Patrick Mort.
Beside her surviving sister, Cordelia “Corkie” Guisgand, of Wayne, Florine is also survived by her other seven children, Tim and his wife, Debbie (Starrs), of Canton, Greg and his wife, Sharon (Standridge), of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jef and his wife, Kathi Ivany, of Traverse City, Cindi Smith, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Beverly and her husband, Darren Albrecht, of Traverse City, Randolph, of Karlin, and Matt and his wife, Nicole (Mahre), of Phoenix, Ariz. Also surviving Florine are her grandchildren, Chase Albrecht, Benjamin Mort, Nathan Mort, Erin Mort and Nicole (Mort) Barr; plus Nicole’s two sons, Max and Nicholas Barr.
Florine’s mother was also born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., with French-Canadian roots so French, albeit the Canadian dialect, was spoken a lot while Florine grew up. Her parents, she and her younger siblings, Al and Corkie, moved to Dearborn in the 1940s.
Florine worked in a war plant in metro Detroit during World War II.
Florine and her older brother, Gil, were very close; after the war she had introduced her friend, Joyce Beulow, to Gil and they married in April 1946. Gil, who was home from the U.S. Army, introduced Florine to another serviceman, Joe Mort. Less than a year later she married the love of her life on Saturday, Nov. 9, 1946, and they settled in Garden City. Both were wonderfully busy for their 43 years together — raising eight children; the family doctor joked that he had put in a zipper for the C-sections — all eight!