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Mailer's Postmark Permit Club
APS Affiliate No 100
Founded May 1, 1979 by John M. Howell
Incorporated October 21, 1999
About MPPC -- Memoriam to Members -- Florance Sugarberg
Florance Sugarberg (??-2002), MPPC #494
MPPC member and workhorse Florance Sugarberg passed
away on Oct 5, 2002 after a two month stay in the hospital. In a letter
received from her son Blake, “My mom had a true zest for life. She lived
her life the only way that she knew ... to the fullest.”
Florance took over as Secretary starting with the
Nov/Dec 1985 issue of Permit Patter. She became Auction Manager in January
1986. She became Treasurer and Editor starting with the July/August 1986
issue of Permit Patter when former Editor and Treasurer Henry Sultner
Floyd Walker was elected Secretary starting in Jan
1997. Florance continued on as Editor and Treasurer until the Sept/Oct
1997 issue of Permit Patter.
Ten years as Editor and Treasurer in any club is a
long time. In this case, ten years was just over half the lifetime of MPPC
at the time Florance stepped down.
During her tenure in her many positions in the club,
Florance worked closely with MPPC founder and past President, John Howell
as well as then President Herb Harrington.
To say that Florance was the driving force behind the
club for ten years is an understatement. Florance was the club during that
time. The MPPC Central Office
address was P.O. Box 5793. How many of us had that address embedded in our
heads for so many years?
Florance was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation
from the club in January 1998 by then President Joe LoPreiato (see copy in
the Jan 1998 Permit Patter). Her son Blake received a Certificate of
Appreciation at the same time as well. Florance was the main point of
contact for most members.
Blake says, “My mom’s life was enriched by the
many enduring friendships that she made through MPPC.” I think the
reverse statement is equally true. Many MPPC members were enriched through
their friendship with Florance. Everyone knew Florance.
Besides being so involved in MPPC, Florance was also
a prolific user of MPPs. She held 10 different MPP permits, mostly from
Ohio. Of course, she used her MPP #1 from Akron extensively. Of the 14
issues of Permit Patter she mailed during her tenure, 5 of them were
mailed from Akron, OH.
Florance also won awards with her MPPs. She took the
Second Award at the McKinley Stamp Exhibition in Canton, OH for her
exhibit on astronaut Judith Resnik which included many MPP covers. She had
an exhibit called, “MPPs: More than Just a Postmark” which took the
third award at the same show in 1990.
Although her voice is now silent, Florance left an
enduring mark on the club. Her influence, leadership, friendship, and
tireless efforts in promoting MPPC are sorely missed.
Below are three photos of Florance.