FLORENCE C. RECHER
Florence C. Recher, 99, left us on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. She was born a U.S. citizen in Germany in 1914 and immigrated to New York in 1921. At 15 she left home and travelled the United States as a dancer with various Vaudeville acts, including Bee and Ed Gorman and Sally Rand. After -marrying Harry Recher in 1934, she returned to New York where she lived until they retired to Key West in 1970.
She was a dancer, a choreographer, a teacher, an artist, a high school graduate at 50 and a college graduate at 55. After moving to Key West Florence was on the Board of Directors for the Key West Players, Inc. (1970 - 2002) and the Key West Art Center (1970 - 2005); served on the Mallory Square Committee (1984-1989); Old Island Days Art Festival Coordinator (1970-1977)/Executive Director (1977-2006); Founder and Executive Director Key West Craft Show (1985-2006); served on the review panel for the Mallory Dock reconstruction; originated and participated in Key West Art Center's children's "HANDS.ON.ART"; and was appointed by the City Commissioners as a Board Member of Art in Public Places (2000-2003).
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the art and theatre community of Key West, she received the following honors: Key West Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award (1982); Honorary Conch (1986); Honored for Services - Key West Art Center (1992); Service Award - Key West Players, Inc. (1994); Ann McKee Artist's Fund - Honor for 30 years service to the Arts (1995); Florence Recher Cultural Award named after, and awarded to her, by Key West Player's, Inc. (2000); Life Membership to Key West Art Center for service to organization (2005); and a honorary lifetime Board Member of Key West Players, Inc.
In 2006 she moved to Orlando, Florida to be closer to her son, Fred and other family. She remained active, living on her own, cooking, painting, drawing and being the force of nature she was until the very end.
Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was loved, respected and admired by all her who knew her. Her stories, her tenacity, her energy right to the end inspired everyone around her. She will be greatly missed.
No service is scheduled. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family requests a donation in her name to Hospice of the Florida Keys, 1319 William St., Key West, FL 33040.