Flanigan Jr., John M.
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John M. Flanigan Jr., 92, of Oshkosh, died at his home on Monday March 25, 2013, while recovering from a brief illness. He was born in the town of Poygan on March 8, 1921, the son of the late John and Catherine Ryan Flanigan Sr. John graduated from Winneconne High School. On November 8, 1947, John married Dorothy Paulus and they shared 65 years of a perfect marriage. He was employed by Morgan Door Co, for 38 years as plant manager. John was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, where for 42 years was a lector, and Communion Distributor serving for countless masses and funerals. His number one priority was spending time with his family and never to missed a birthday, a school event, and all in his family received a singing phone call on their birthday. Holidays and anniversaries, of his family members were also a priority, and he always attended the dinners or picnics to celebrate these occasions. His greatest passion was gardening, and was very generous with the harvest, giving vegatables to family, neighbors, food pantries, and people in need. He also enjoyed woodworking and wood related crafts. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and often recited poems, and songs to his grandchildren. He also enjoyed rides in the country where he observed nature and discussed the weather, crops, and the location of his favorite ice cream shop. John enjoyed all sports but especially baseball and enjoyed the Brewers. John was a very humble man who put God and family ahead of his personal needs.
Surviors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Flanigan, of Oshkosh; one son, Michael (Robin) Flanigan, Oshkosh; two daughters, Mary (Paul) Zemke, Milwaukee; Patti (Jeffrey) Kannenberg, Oshkosh; eight grandchildren, Michael (Angie), Patrick (Jenna), Matthew (Andrea), Kelly (Emily), John (Andrea) Flanigan, Sarah (Kevin) Dirst, Kyle, Katie Kannenberg; ten great-grandchildren, Ashtin, Hanorah, Braxton, Brinna, Aidan, Liam, Nolan, Alainna, Molly, Brayden; one brother, Norman (Bernice) Flanigan, town of Poygan. John is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Maryann; two brothers, Robert and Russell Flanigan.
A Mass of christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday March 27, at 11 a.m. in St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church (St Vincent worship site) with the Rev's. Matt Simonar and William Van DeKreeke officiating. Burial will be in Ellenwood Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the hour of services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St Jude the Apostle Catholic Church.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 26, 2013