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Patricia "Patsy" Flannery.
July 27, 1926 - January 17, 2013.
The story of Patricia "Patsy" Flannery began on July 27th, 1926 when she was born to George and Marion Fitzgerald in Chicago Illinois. Although she died Thursday January 17th in Boise, Idaho, you can bet her story will continue.
For Patsy, helping other people was like breathing. For her, it was completely automatic. During her 86 plus years, she helped countless people across the country. She taught children in Spanish Harlem NY, cared for hospital patients in Cincinnati OH, and raised money for college scholarships at Xavier University. After moving to Boise in 1985 with her husband Robert she volunteered at The Elks Rehabilitation Center, St John's Food Bank, The Boise Philharmonic, and the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2001.
Patsy died because it was her turn to go to heaven and join her husband Robert E. Flannery, her oldest daughter Mary Flannery and her younger sister Joan Lavezzorio who, along with a legion of friends, have been waiting for Patsy patiently.
From her new position, Patsy will continue to watch over her sister Virginia O'Connor of Portland OR., her six children, Ann Flannery of Twin Falls ID., Brigid Flannery of Eugene OR., Robert Flannery of Boise ID., Patrick Flannery and his wife June of Boise ID. Michael Flannery and his wife Stacy, of Cincinnati, OH. and Celia Schloemer and her husband Greg of Cincinnati OH.; as well as, her nine Grandchildren: Caitlyn, & Rebekah Flannery, Clare, Luke, Mary Patricia, & Ellen Schloemer, and Grace, Noah, & Brigid Flannery; not to mention her 25 nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial mass in Cincinnati on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Bellamine Chapel, Xavier University Campus at 10 AM. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Her children would like you to never forget, ""What happens at Nana's stays at Nana's"", ""There's always room for one more at our table."" And of course, ""If you had your shoes on that wouldn't happen.""
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 27, 2013