Saturday, November 27, 2021


Submitted Photo | Florence Willits.


Florence Willits, mother of Linda Sandlin, loving wife to Sam (d. 2012), passed unexpectedly, but peacefully on the morning of December 4, 2020, at the age of 97. Florence was vibrant and still loving life until her passing. Marco Island was mom and dad’s second home. 

Florence grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan, married and moved to the Chicago area where she raised three children: Linda, Steve and Dave. Florence loved her family, friends, nature, boating, tennis, scuba diving, skiing, walking and had a deep sustaining faith. Our family did everything togetherworked, worshipped, and played. We especially loved our ski vacations and summer reunions on Lake Michigan in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Door County. 

Florence is survived by her children, her son-in-law Alan Sandlin, daughter-in-law Judy Willits, three grandchildrenKelsey Wanless and husband Brandon, Scott and Mackenzie Willits, and four great-grandchildren: Peter, Meg, Clare, and Lucy. 

Florence requests your kind donations go to the church she and Sam helped found, The Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 909 E. Main St., Barrington, IL 60010. Phone number: 847-381-0243. 

We are so blessed to know that mom is in heaven with dad. We love you mom, we rejoice in your life, and we miss you so very much. You will be forever in our hearts. 



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