Donna-Flanagan -Obituary

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Donna M. Flanagan

Rochester, New Hampshire

Jun 1, 1940 – Jan 29, 2020 (Age 79)


June 1, 1940
January 29, 2020
Rochester, New Hampshire
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R.M. Edgerly and Son, Inc. - Rochester Obituary

Donna M. Flanagan,79, of Rochester, NH, passed away peacefully January 29, 2020 surrounded by the family she loved.

Born June 1, 1940 in Lynn Ma she was the daughter of the late Donald and Alice (Marquis) Curran.

Donna spent her early years in East Rochester eventually settling in Rochester with her husband of 58 years; Kirby E.L. Flanagan, Sr (pre-deceased). She was most proud of her 4 children and 4 grandchildren as they brought her an extreme amount of joy. Donna was a gifted pianist and volunteered her services at Colonial Hill Nursing Home, Gafney Home and other local facilities spreading the gift of music. For many years Donna worked the concession for the Flanagan Bingo Hall sharing her amazing cooking skills. The hall raised funds for local non-profit and charitable organizations throughout the Rochester area. Donna was the organist for St. Mary’s Church, Rochester, NH for Saturday and Sunday Mass as well as many weddings and funerals.  She thoroughly appreciated the many compliments she would receive from her Church Family. Before her passing she personally asked Kathy to thank everyone who sent healing cards, prayers and phone calls. She appreciated it so much.

Donna valued family above all else. She is survived by her loving children, Kirby Jr., Kevin, Shawn and Kathy, her grandchildren, Kyle, Cory, Tommy and Matty, Her sisters; Jean (Curran) Johnstone and her husband Bill of Rochester, NH and Carol (Curran) Breton of Englewood, FL. and many nieces and nephews.

The Flanagan Family would like to thank Mary Carpenter or Rochester, NH for being such an amazing friend to Donna and support system to the family.

SERVICES: Friends and Family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Mass at St. Mary's Church at 71 Lowell Street, Rochester, NH on Saturday, February 8th, 2020. There will be a time of visiting from 10am - 11am with the Mass beginning at 11am. There will be a luncheon immediately following the ceremony at the Church. Graveside service at a later date.

 Arrangements are under the care of RM Edgerly& Son, 85 South Main St, Rochester, NH. To sign our online guest book please visit


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donna's name to St. Mary’s Church, 71 Lowell Street, Rochester, NH or a charity of your choice.  


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The Flanagan family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your mom well, but she raised 4 great children.

Cindy S

I am so sorry for your loss your mom was a lovely lady and I looked forward to hear her play at church.
May your memories comfort you and family at this time she will be missed by many and join our other Angel Father Dan who loved her as well.
God Bless

Donna was a dear friend. I enjoyed her music and playing bingo on Mondays. She is dearly loved and missed.

Sorry to hear about Donna! My wife and I always visited with her and Kirby when we were in town! She will be missed.
Bob and Darla Young

Donna will be missed by all of us who sang with her at Church. Her talent and enthusiasm were contagious. I will always remember her smile and Patriots or Red Sox clothing. God Bless you Donna.

So sorry, Kathy! Deepest condolences to the entire Flanagan family. Rochester will never be the same.

Kathy and family I am very sorry for your loss. Kathy I send love and prayers. Think of you often. Pat Smith

For Kirby Jr, Kevin, Shawn and Kathy: So sorry to hear about your Mom. I loved babysitting you kids for your Mom and Dad. Truly great memories of a great family!