May 17, 1934 – July 1, 2014
Elizabeth (BJ) Buntrock was born and raised in the Chicago area, the oldest of five children. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and moved to Chicago where she raised her three daughters.
BJ moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1978 and was instrumental in forming Hospice of South Florida. In 1983 she founded Flowers & Found Objects on Las Olas Boulevard. A staunch grass-roots volunteer, BJ saw a need for an organization to focus on providing food and services to seniors living on low fixed incomes and grandparents struggling to raise their grandchildren. In 2008, she started The Pantry of Broward, a 501(c)3 charged with addressing those very issues.
In 2012, BJ was honored by the Community Foundation of Broward with a “For Good” Award. This award is given to those who show us what is possible in the second half of life if we look to use our time and talents to give back to our community.
Her legacy continues through The Pantry of Broward and the seniors and grandchildren it serves are grateful for her vision and foresight.