Patricia F. "Patsy" Flannery
1926 ~ 2013
The story of Patricia (Patsy) Flannery began on July 27, 1926 when she was born to George and Marion Fitzgerald in Chicago Illinois. Although she died this past Thursday January 17, 2013 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 her 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 Cheviot 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.
Friends can call on the family Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel beginning at 5:00pm. Vigil Services and Rosary will follow at 7:00pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated the following morning: 10:30am Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at St. John's Cathedral. The service will have an interpreter present that will be signing for the hearing impaired. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that friends bring canned goods, non-perishable food items, and/or nonperishable monetary donations for St John's Food Bank. 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 Idaho Statesman on Jan. 20, 2013