Date of Death: July 3, 2020

Service Details

In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted. 

A Rosary will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Three Rivers. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Mathias and Msgr. Mike Hazard as celebrants.

Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Florence Emma (Sangalli) DalPonte, 97, of Three Rivers, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. Florence was born September 15, 1922 in Ishpeming, Michigan, the daughter of Battista and Erminia (Catto) Sangalli. On January 19, 1957 she married Chester DalPonte at Immaculate Conception Church in Three Rivers, where they remained lifelong and faithful members. They shared 58 years together before his passing on January 10, 2015. Florence was a 1940 graduate of Three Rivers High School. During World War II Florence was a “Rosie the Riveter” in California at an Air Force base making airplane parts for fighter planes. During her lifetime she held various secretarial positions at Continental Can Co., Michigan Gas and Electric Co., and the Three Rivers Public School system where she retired after 10 years of service.

Florence enjoyed sports and was a loyal fan to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Three Rivers Wildcats. She was a member of the Athletic Booster Club for T.R.H.S. She was a member of the Daughters of Mary, and served as vice president of the Three Rivers Eagles and Three Rivers Bowling League. She truly was a woman of faith, family and service.

She is survived by daughters, Patti DalPonte Scott and Mary (Jerry) Kandlstorfer; grandchildren, Stephanie (Edward) Kolakowski, Kristy (Kathryn) Scott, Lauren (Jason) Copenhaver and Karen (Kevin) Kandlstorfer-Chaffee; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Gonda, Greyson Scott, Fischer Chaffee, Kyler and Brynn Copenhaver; brother, Peter Sangalli; and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband (Chester); sisters, Mary DalPonte, Louise Clipfell, Virginia Pitts; brothers, Bill Sangalli and Jerry Sangalli.

Additional Information

Memorials in Florence’s memory may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwestern Michigan or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Envelopes
available at Hohner Funeral Home.

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  1. Dear Family of Florence, We are sad to read of the loss of a Sangalli, old friends and neighbors of the past. Keeping you in our prayers and remembering happy days of the past.
    Buck & Marlene Roberts

  2. Sorry to hear of your loss. I just learned of her passing. I didn’t know Mrs. Dalponte all that well when I was in High School but I remember her always being a nice lady. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her at school without a smile on her face.

  3. Dear Family & Friends,
    Sending my sincere & heartfelt sympathy in your loss. Florence was a very special lady. She was truly a Gift during her years at Three Rivers High School. She was so very kind & friendly to students & staff. Folks loved her. I was honored to be her Boss and to work with her during those special years. May God reward her for her goodness to so many, especially all the members of the DalPonte Family. “Eternal Rest Grant Unto To Her O’ Lord & Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her. May She Rest In Peace.
    Father Bill Jacobs (Mr. J), Former Principal of Three Rivers High school

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