Lorraine Flanagan

Lorraine’s was the house where everyone felt like home. She always had room for another kid, whether it be one of her kid’s friends experiencing a problem or an exchange student from far away places. You’d regularly find her at her kitchen table listening intensely to their problems: many sought her advice. She wasn’t particularly strict with her kids but they knew she wanted them to be good to people. If there was a need, Lorraine would be the first to jump in. She volunteered with the St. Casimir kitchen making sure the kids were fed, helped with the carnivals and even had her very own meals on wheels making sure all the neighbors who couldn’t cook were taken care of. And she was the master of whipping up a little something, especially her meatloaf surprise. Lorraine was always one for a party, especially loving to host. But probably her favorite job was that of grandmother. Bam Bam had the best sleep overs, spoiled the kids and showed them all the perfect places to feed the birds. When she got loose she’d head to the shore, fight the one armed bandits and collect her “free” buffets.
In the first grade she’d meet a boy named John. They’d reconnect at a CYO dance; date at 20; marry at 22 and still be holding hands 50 years later. They were blessed with 4 children: Megan (Frederick) Blakelock, Denis (Felicia Quinzi), Andrew (Alyson) and Elizabeth (Thomas) Robinson; and later with grandchildren: Emily, Colleen, Ashley, Joseph and Julia; and she is survived by her brothers, James Waugh and Christopher Williams.

Come celebrate 72 loving years Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday 9-10 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Parish, St. Casimir Church, Riverside. Interment private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr. #300, Marlton 08053 or Good Counsel Homes, 805 Warren Street, Beverly 08010, will be appreciated.

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