This is a truly “not to be missed” presentation. What an inspiration can be found in Floss! We certainly lack examples of such devotion to others in today’s society. Florence “Floss” Krieger is 98 years young this October.
Florence Krieger, known as Floss, is a retired teacher of music in the Western Wayne School District. She grew up in South Sterling, the daughter of the Reverend Harry and Lena Roof. Her parents ministered to the congregations of Hemlock Grove, LaAnna and South Sterling Methodist Churches from 1930 to 1959. Floss began as the church organist and choir director at her father’s church at a young age, and she later taught Sunday School. Floss graduated from Greene-Dreher High School in 1937 and from Oberlin College in 1941. She married Robert Krieger shortly before he shipped out with the Navy during World War II. After the war, she and Bob lived in Greentown where Bob served as the Greentown Postmaster.
After retiring from teaching at age 65, Floss found a new vocation: conducting mission projects in Africa with the United Methodist Church. In 1992, at the age of 72 she began traveling to Zimbabwe to work with Sunday Schools there, many of which were held outdoors, and help the pastors and volunteers become better teachers. Her daughter Nancy remembers creating Bible Study booklets for her mother to take with her to leave with the women in Africa. She also worked with schools in Zambia and South Africa, sometimes staying for as long as six months. Out of respect for the culture of the countries she was visiting, she did not wear slacks, but she did wear culottes when traveling over rough country.
Floss retired from missionary work at the age of 92; however, she continues as organist for the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, a position she has held for more than 70 years.
Light refreshments will follow. All Greene-Dreher Historical Society events are free and open to the public.