Obituary – Florence “Peg” Tuomisto

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florence Tuomisto passed away Oct. 2, 2012, at Capital Regional Medical Center, Tallahassee, Fla. She is a former resident of Coleridge and Omaha.

In 1988, she and her husband Arne moved to Tallahassee. She was a graduate of the Coleridge High School and later from Wayne State Teachers College of Omaha University. Peg taught for 34 years; she spent most of her teaching days in the Omaha Public Schools.

Florence was born July 29, 1921, to Ralph and Elsie Leapley. In 1945, during World War II, she met and married Arne Tuomisto in San Diego. They lived in the Coleridge community until 1956 when they moved to Omaha. Arne and Peg had one daughter, Nancy Kae, born in 1949.

Peg was awarded the Honorary State Life Membership in the PTA in 1967. She was a Life Member of the NEA. Since moving to Tallahassee in 1988, she was active in volunteer work. She was nominated for three years as Volunteer of the Year. She began working at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office when she was 75 years old. In 2003, she was nominated for the Spirit of Women Award. In 2005 she was awarded the Faye Harrell Nova Award given to a professional manager by the Directors of Volunteer Association. She retired in 2006.

Peg authored six books. These include books for children and one about life in Nebraska.

Survivors include daughter Nancy Diskin and her husband, Dr. Barry Diskin, Tallahassee; two grandchildren, Cameron and Tybee, Los Angeles, Calif.; sister Esther Leapley Shope, Walnut Creek, Calif.; two nephews, Ron and Sandi Leapley, Coleridge, and Allen and Tina Shope, Concord, Calif.; and niece, Sheryl and Larry Berg, Sacramento. William and Milly Leapley, Coleridge, is her cousin.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister who died in infancy; her parents; sister Helen Leapley Powers; brother L.W. “Bud” Leapley, Coleridge; husband Arne; brothers-in-law, John Shope and Ed Powers; and nephew Richard Leapley.

Peg’s favorite causes in Coleridge include the Coleridge Educational Fund, the Coleridge Cemetary Association and the Coleridge Rescue Squad.