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10/17/2013 8:00:00 AM
Elizabeth Furnivall
Feb. 3, 1935 - Oct. 16, 2013
Liz Furnivall
Liz Furnivall

Elizabeth A. "Liz" Furnivall, 78, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at her residence. On Feb. 3, 1935, Liz was born in Plymouth to Fritz and Fannie Howard Klingerman.

Liz married her best friend and the love of her life, Dale H. Furnivall, on March 24, 1951, in Rochester. Together they shared 48 loving years and raised three children, Steve, Mike and Sue. To Liz, Dale was perfect in every way, until he traded their motorcycle to buy their first home, without her consent. They loved to travel; Hawaii and Alaska were their favorite destinations. As they went everywhere together, it was often said that they were joined at the hip. Dale and Liz loved to golf and watch Tiger Woods when he was playing. If he didn't make the cut, it was not worth watching. The Colts were also a favorite until Payton Manning left the team, and her loyalties went to the Broncos. Saturday afternoons were often spent cheering for Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football team.

Dale was always number one in Liz's life and she took care of him until he passed away on Oct. 21, 1999. Elvis was "#2," but sometimes family and friends wondered after looking at the pictures and her shrine to him.

Flower gardening, bird watching and mowing the lawn were enjoyed by Liz, but she often was tormented by the squirrels and moles in her yard. After many years of service, Liz retired from Hart Schaftner and Marx of Rochester. She was a member of the Rochester Elks and the Moose Family Center of Rochester.

Liz is lovingly survived by a daughter, Susan Furnivall; two sons Steven Furnivall and wife Ann, and Michael Furnivall and wife Terri, all of Rochester; five grandchildren, Ashley Cilfone and husband Marc, Craig and Corbin Furnivall, Jon Wootten and Julia Bradley; five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Noah and Timothy Wootten, and Siena Cilfone; her little brother, James Klingerman of Plymouth; three brothers-in-law, Duane Howard and wife Julia of Grants Pass, Ore., David Furnivall and wife Linda of Warsaw, and Delon Furnivall and wife Terri of Tippecanoe, and nieces and nephews.

Preceding Liz in death are her parents and husband.

A celebration of the life of Elizabeth A. Furnivall will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Foundation or the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Shriver

I am very sorry to read of Liz's passing. Have been a distant family friend of the Furnivall's for many years. Went to the Church of God with her children. Have been a friend of Delon and Terri's for many years. Grew up in the neighborhood with Dave organizaing sporting events for the rest of us. Knew Liz and Dale and appreciated them for many years.
Always My Best! jeff

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: mike Hornstein

Sorry to hear of this. Dale and Liz were special folks!! My prayers are with you as you go trough this difficult time of the passing of your Mother! In Christ's Love, Mike Hornstein

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