Florence Minna Schedler Hayakawa, 89, of The Cypress of Raleigh was taken to the Lord on July 15, 2015. She was born in Junction City, Wisconsin, to the late Reverend Herman and Lillie Schedler and raised in Hamburg, Wisconsin. After graduating in 1947 from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota, she moved to San Francisco to work as a phlebotomist and lab technician at San Francisco General Hospital. During a Christmas trip back home in 1951, Florence met her future husband, Masami (Mas), while standing in line at Midway airport in Chicago. They were married in 1952 at her father’s church, St. John’s, in Hamburg, Wisconsin. Afterwards, they went to Hawaii for their honeymoon, fell in love with the islands, and stayed for the next 20 years.
At the time she was working nights at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu, Flo started to bowl and dance the hula. Quickly becoming expert in both, she eventually averaged close to 200 in bowling and became a hula instructor and professional hula dancer, winning several hula competitions. In Hawaii, she and Mas had 3 children; Thomas, Mark (Mickey), Ann (Babe).
In 1973 Flo and Mas moved to Lake Oswego Oregon. She still bowled and worked at the Kaiser Permanente clinic in Portland.
Monte Sereno, outside of San Jose, California, was the next stop, moving there in 1975. Although she gave up the hula, Flo continued bowling while working nights at Los Gatos Community Hospital. After Mas’s retirement, she participated in many US Women’s Open bowling tournaments while she and Mas traveled extensively throughout North America. Along the way, they discovered Yellowstone Park and after Flo retired they began working summers in the grocery store next to the Old Faithful Inn.
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In 2001, Flo and Mas moved to Raleigh to be closer to four of their seven grandchildren. After Mas passed away in 2005, Flo moved to the Cypress of Raleigh in 2008, still bowling three times a week and winning many Wake County and NC Senior bowling titles. Her last game, two weeks before her passing, was a 166.
Flo was a friend to everyone and left a lasting impression on everyone she met. In reference to the many unique situations she managed to get herself into, her children referred to her as “The Crazy Lady” and “Flo Baby”. When she had dinner at the Cypress she didn’t just walk to her table; she worked the room like a seasoned politician, stopping and talking to everyone she passed. The wait staff and everyone else at the Cypress knew her drink: “Coffee, black!”.
Predeceased by her parents and Masami, her husband of 52 years, she is survived by her four brothers, Bob, Richard, Harold, and Eugene; her children; Tom (Nancy), Mark (Lisa), and Ann (Jim); seven grandsons (Jacob, Joshua, Scott, David, Matthew, Nicholas, and Jesse), and her hanai (step) grandchildren; Drew, Reid, and Abby. She also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends around the world who will miss her and continue to share endless “Flo” stories.
Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m., at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1500 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Flo will be interred with Mas at Punchbowl Military Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Salvation Army.