Ruth Flanagan, 89
Advance By Staten Island Advance
on April 23, 2014 at 6:38 AM, updated April 23, 2014 at
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Longtime Staten Islander,
Ruth A. Flanagan, 89, of Port Richmond, a retired
operations supervisor, who was a loving mother and
grandmother, died Monday in Richmond University Medical
Center, West Brighton.
Born Ruth Welsh in Philadelphia, Pa., she moved to
Queens in 1947 and settled in Port Richmond in 1950.
Mrs. Flanagan worked for over 25 years, starting out as
a toll collector for the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey and retiring as an operations supervisor in
In her later years, Mrs. Flanagan earned a bachelor of
arts degree in English from the College of Staten
Island. She was in the first class to graduate from the
college, which was created when Staten Island Community
College and Richmond College merged.
Mrs. Flanagan was active in her grandchildrenís school,
serving as an officer of the St. Adalbertís Motherís
Club in Elm Park, and by being a grandparent volunteer
librarian at Our Lady of Good Counsel School,
She was an avid reader who enjoyed painting and spending
time with her family and dear friends.
She was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church,
Her husband of 36 years, John (Pat), died in 1986.
Surviving are her son, John (Jack); six daughters, Anne
Flanagan, Ellen Flanagan, Patricia Flanagan, Kathleen
Flanagan, Maureen Flanagan and Denise Burns, and six
The funeral will be Friday from the Harmon Home for
Funerals, West Brighton, with a mass at 10 a.m. in
Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in
Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.
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