(1922 - 2007)
HORNELL - Louis Flanagan 85 of Flanagan Road, Hornell NY died Saturday March 31, 2007 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Louie was born March 2, 1922 to John E. Flanagan and Gertrude (McGrath) Flanagan of Hornell. Louie attended St. Annís school, graduating from Hornell High School in 1944.
He was a regular attendee of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, his father having participated in the construction of St. Ignatius. Louis provided the straw for the Nativity display for many years, he was also a voting machine inspector for the Town of Hornellsville for several years.
Louie was a lifelong Dairy Farmer, he co-owned Flanagan Brotherís Dairy Farm on Flanagan Road, he was a member of the Dairylea Cooperative. Louie started milking cows at the tender age of 14; he never actually retired, until he was forced to due to ill health on February 17, 2007.
Louie never married, but he accidentally became the patriarch of a very large, very noisy family. He was known as Uncle Louie to all who knew him, even by those not related to him.
Uncle Louie was predeceased by his parents, his brothers; Paul, (his first partner on the farm) Raymond, Leo, Robert, Francis, and John Eugene: his sisters; Rita, Alice and Ruth. He was also predeceased by his nephew and partner, Donald P. Flanagan, and his very good friend of many years, Janet Austin.
Uncle Louis is survived by his sister, Ellen Tuttle of Hornell, his present partner and great nephew Donald T. Flanagan, co-worker and great nephew Paul F. Flanagan, his nurses Barbara Nankivell, Frances Debyl, Elizabeth Flanagan, Diane Stone, Tina Mehlenbacher, Peggy, Ray and Charise Nankivell, Brian and Patty McCarthy, James Weber and Betty Flanagan. He will be missed by his great great nephew, Brent Flanagan, his many neighbors in the Crosby Creek area, his many friends, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Uncle Louie was a quiet man, but he loved a good story and could tell some doozies in his later years; his blue eyes would just sparkle and his shoulders would shake with laughter in the telling of some of the better stunts he had witnessed throughout his life. His priorities were the family and the farm; his legacy will be continued.
Rest in Peace Uncle Louis.
Tribute courtesy of Louisí niece, Norah Flanagan