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Gertrude T. (Coffey) Flanagan

Beloved mother and grandmother;
 Chelmsford - Gertrude T. (Coffey) Flanagan, 93, a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died peacefully Wednesday evening at her home in Chelmsford surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Edward D. Flanagan, who died July 3, 1989.
 Born in Billerica, Massachusetts, November 20, 1921, the daughter of the late Edward C. and the late Augustine C. (Brock) Coffey, she received her education in the Billerica school system.
 Early in her career, before having children, Gert attended hairdressing school and became a professional hairdresser. Later, along with her late husband, she raised her children and supported the family painting business.
 Gert and her late husband were active members of several fraternal and charitable organizations in Chelmsford, including the Chelmsford Elks, B.P.O.E. 2310 and the Chelmsford Lions Club.
 Passionate about horses, she was also a former member of the Professional Horseman’s Association and the Merrimack Valley Riding and Driving Club.
 In her later years, Gert was all about family and her true love was the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 Gert is survived by a daughter Joan Ganotis and her husband Chris of North Hampton, NH; three sons John E. “Jack” Flanagan and his wife Marion of Chelmsford, James D. Flanagan and his wife Cherlyn of Milford and Joseph J. Flanagan and his wife Jo Anne of Chelmsford, with whom she made her home; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH in NORTH CHELMSFORD at 11 o’clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell.  E-condolences/directions at  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Condolences (8)
  • Cherlyn Flanagan
    Gert showed us strength and courage and a sense of humor always. She was the family glue and a wonderful role model. Thanks to her for all that she did for everyone. We especially remember how much she loved giving very thoughtful gifts at Christmas. Thanks to our friends and family, and caregivers for their support and for the love shown to Gert and to us. Cherlyn and Jim
  • Dan Mulawski  - Loving thoughts
    Dear Joe, Jo Anne and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that loving thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. Dan and Karen Mulawski
  • Dick and Brenda Flanagan  - Gert
    Jack, Jim, Joan, Joe and Jo Anne and Families, We were so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Joe always said his mom kept bouncing back from her medical issues. I guess we kept thinking she would always bounce back. It wasn't to be. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time and we hope that the many happy memories you shared will be of comfort to you now. Dick and BrendaFfqJF
  • Dick and Brenda Flanagan  - Gert
    Jack, Jim,Joan, Joe and Jo Ann and Families, We were so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Joe kept saying she keeps bouncing back from her different medical issues. I guess we kept thinking she'd always bounce back. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We pray the many happy memories you shared offer you comfort at this time. Dick and Brenda
  • Steve Hadley
    May God welcome Gert into his arms and bless her, as Gert has blessed everyone she has touched throughout her long life.
  • Lisa Trabucco  - Rest in Peace
    My parents shared many stories about the fun times they had with Gert and Ed "back in the day"....I remember Gerts laugh, always brought a smile to my face. May she rest in peace.
  • Ann winn  - care giver good friend
    Gert will be deeply missed. You were a great person and friend to me and I will miss our great talks we had every week. Rest in peace your a great soul. Love you to the moon and back.
  • Matthew Ganotis  - Rest In Peace Grammy
    Miss you lots. Will always remember you. Love your grandson, Matt
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