Florence Claire Chmielewski

December 4, 1931 - May 5, 2020

Florence Claire Chmielewski, 88, a resident of Lee County, FL for the past six years, formerly of Brick, NJ, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Cape Coral, FL. She was born December 4, 1931 in Jersey City, NJ to Charles and Adeline Wilczewski, now deceased.

Florence was of the Catholic faith and was a veteran of The United States Navy. She had a strong worth ethic, and began her career working for the New York Stock Exchange. She later worked at Worthington Biochemical in paying and receiving. Years later, before the digital age, she and her husband owned and operated four offices of Matchmaker International in New Jersey.

She was married to the love of her life for over fifty years. They truly loved one another’s company and spent many weekends (weather permitting) going around to flea markets and garage sales. She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining. Florence and Gene hosted many pool parties (the Bye Bye Benny Party being their most infamous), as well as birthday, and holiday celebrations at their New Jersey homes. Family was extremely important to her. There was nothing she enjoyed more than being with her family. So, every Sunday, dinner was at her house. The only thing she loved equally to cooking was dancing. Hopefully, now she is reunited and dancing with her husband.

She is survived by two loving children, Charles Chmielewski (Jane) of Cape Coral, and Janet Fournier (Joseph) of Brick, NJ; two loving sisters, Adeline Costello of Manchester, NJ, and Patricia Pearsall (Ronald) of Fort Myers, FL; sister in law, Elizabeth Giardina (Dr. Charles Giardina) of Solvana, CA; two grandchildren, Tyler and Ashlee; as well as several nephews.

Florence was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eugene Chmielewski; sister, Dolores Esposito; as well as a brother in law, Bob Costello.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Gary Angrisane May 8, 2020 at 9:57 am

    What a wonderful woman. She brought a smile to everyone’s life she touched. She will be sadly missed by everyone that knew her. She is dancing with gene once again! Rip Florence I will miss you! Gary and Mary.

  2. Thomas Cooper May 8, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Florence was a wonderful and caring woman. I was honored to serve her and her family for over 20 years.
    I know she is now with our Savior.

  3. Pat Cooper May 8, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Florence was a special lady. A great cook n hostess.She will be missed.

  4. Bob Condello May 8, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Aunt Florence was beautiful, kind, funny and smarter then the rest of us.
    I grew up in Jersey living across the street from her and Uncle Gene, Chuckie and Janet…what great memories I have!
    Aunt Florence and Uncle Gene were people I admired. I will miss them both till I see them again.

  5. Vivian Stornes May 11, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Florence touched so many lives during the time she shared here on earth. She taught me so many things in my younger years and always had faith in me when I didn’t have faith in myself. Florence, you will always hold a special place in my heart. ❤️

  6. Patti Bell May 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times and remember how nice she is. May she Rest In Peace,

  7. Andy and Florence May 11, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Florence you will be sadly missed..she was a great person and a good friend.. always had a smile for you and oh how she loved to dance..we had some good times together..we love you ..keep dancing up there

  8. John Paratore Oct 12, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    My name is John Paratore and I was recently going through a box of memorabilia that belonged to my mother Pearl Paratore. I came across a newspaper article about a Dolores and Florence Wilczewski joining the Naval Reserves as Waves. I believe the article is from 1949. I’m not sure about the connection to us but our family is from Cliffside Park, NJ and we had relatives in Jersey City. My mother was born in 1918 and had an uncle, William DiPillo, and a first cousin named Adeline DiPillo that lived in Jersey City. I can’t seem to upload the article on this web site but would be happy to mail it to a family member.

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