Flora Lundberg, first woman mayor, dies at 90
Monday, June 1, 2015
McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook's first woman mayor, Flora Lundberg, was remembered for a lifetime of service following her passing Friday at the age of 90.
Mrs. Lundberg, who served three terms as a McCook City Council member and four different stints as major, passed away at her home in McCook surrounded by her family and her long-term caregiver.
McCook's current mayor, Mike Gonzales, was among many who paid tribute to Mrs. Lundberg for her contributions to the community. "I did not serve with Flora, but I turned to her advice when I was I was chosen to serve on the council. She was a true leader and gave much for the betterment on our town," Mayor Gonzales said.
Phil Lyons, who served for more than 10 years with Flora on the City Council, said, "She was a lovely woman and we will miss her. My heart goes out to her family: Debbie, Rhonda and Bob."
Those who served with Flora on the City Council, including Linda Taylor and Steve Batty, said she confronted many challenges, including the search for a safe supply of water, but stood strong, helping lead McCook though the tough times.
During Flora's time as a council member and mayor, McCook was chosen as the site for the Valmont plant and the Work Ethic Camp.
She was also the leader of the establishment of the George W. Norris Foundation and served many years as the foundation president. Flora is also remembered for starting the Prayer Breakfast during her time as mayor and keeping the tradition alive as president of the Norris Foundation.
Among her other accomplishments, Mrs. Lundberg became the first woman to become a real estate broker in McCook. For years, she operated Lundberg Main Street Realty, not retiring until the age of 88.
During her busy life, Flora was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, serving two terms as Worthy Matron of Eureka Chapter in McCook, She was also a member of the McCook Business and Professional Women's organization, serving as a national delegate.
She was also active in her church, St. Alban's Episcopal, and served in a leadership role with the Nebraska League of Municipalities.
"Flora loved McCook. Her commitment to the City and the Norris Foundation was an inspiration," said Cloyd Clark, who worked with Mrs. Lundberg on events to honor the memory of George W. Norris, the U.S. Senator from McCook who Flora personally knew.
Memorial services for Mrs. Lundberg will be Friday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in McCook with Pastor Bread Brauer officiating. Inurnment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.