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Florence Marie Navarro

November 16, 1937 - September 7, 2016

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Florence Marie Navarro was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, "take charge" attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Flo always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Flo was an individual who enjoyed life's challenges.

Her parents were Valentine J. And Mary Brutz. Flo was raised in Windber,...

Florence Marie Navarro was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, "take charge" attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Flo always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Flo was an individual who enjoyed life's challenges.

Her parents were Valentine J. And Mary Brutz. Flo was raised in Windber, Pennsylvania. Always able to express herself well, Flo possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Flo was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Blessed with a balanced attitude, Flo was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Flo was raised with seven siblings. She had four brothers, John, Edward, Joseph and Stanley, and three sisters, Stella, Ann and Mary. Flo had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

Friends and acquaintances found Flo an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Flo was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. Later in life, she became best friends with CJ.

On July 16, 1955 Flo exchanged wedding vows with John Gilbert Navarro at the Saint John Cantius Church of Windber, Pennsylvania. Flo was attentive to John's feelings, and she charmed John and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Flo was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

Very much like a kid herself, Flo identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children's personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Flo was blessed with five children, two daughters, Debbie and Brenda, and three sons, John, Dennis and Barry. She was also blessed with eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Grandchildren; Josh, Tosah, Joey, Nicole, Sean, Danny, Stacy and Cheyenne and Great-grandchildren; Easton, Joe and Jett.

Flo was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Flo's strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Flo was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Flo could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was Waitressing for 40 years.

Flo enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were family, friends, cross country road trips, gambling in Las Vegas, jigsaw puzzles and reading. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Because she liked to take risks, Flo was a perfect match for athletics. She was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Flo was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was football and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Travel and vacations were experiences that Flo truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of "live and let live." She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Las Vegas, Nevada and cross country road trips.

Flo was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Flo's favorites was her cat, Colby, named after Colby the contestant from the first episode of Survivor. They were best friends for 16 years.

She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, she found new pleasure in BINGO, visiting family in Pennsylvania, gambling in Las Vegas and "Steeler" football.

Flo passed away on September 7, 2016 peacefully at home with her family around her. She is survived by her sister, Ann Shima, her five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were held at Glen Abbey's "Little Chapel of the Roses". Flo was laid to rest at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita CA.

Flo was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Florence Marie Navarro.


Florence Marie Navarro (Brutz)

Date of Birth: November 16, 1937
Date of Death: September 07, 2016

NAVARRO - Florence (Brutz), 78, San Diego, passed away Sept. 07, 2016, peacefully at home in Chula Vista, CA surrounded by her loving family. Born Nov. 16, 1937, in Windber, daughter of Valentine and Mary (Biel) Brutz. Preceded in death by her husband, John G. Navarro of Windber PA; brothers, Edward, John, Joseph and Stanley Brutz and sisters, Stella Barzensky and Mary Gloviak, daughter-in-law Lisa (Brown) Navarro wife of John K. Navarro. Survived by her children, Debbie and partner Manual Silva, John, Dennis, Brenda Osborne, Barry (Tracy) Navarro, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Also survived by her sister Ann Shima. Florence enjoyed spending time with family especially her children and grandchildren, trips to Las Vegas, Steelers Football, jigsaw puzzles, reading, her Polish heritage, cross country roadtrips from California to family reunions in Windber. She was a member Chula Vista American Legion. Funeral Service will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Sunday Sept. 18th, at The Little Chapel of Roses, Bonita California. Mario Lopez, pastor. Interment, Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita, CA. Friends received from 5 to 9pm. Saturday Sept. 17th at Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary, Bonita, CA. where viewing for the deceased will be held.