Patricia A. (Rowan) Flanagan, age 86

of Cambridge

Patricia A. (Rowan) Flanagan, age 86

Patricia A. (Rowan) Flanagan, age 86, of Cambridge, formerly of Braintree and Dorchester, died peacefully, Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the Neville Center at Fresh Pond.

Patricia was born in Dorchester, to the late Michael and Bridget “Anne” (O’Hara) Rowan. She was raised and educated in Dorchester. Patsy was a graduate of Gate of Heaven High School and went on to attend Boston Business School where she completed her secretarial training.

She had lived in Cambridge for the past nine years, previously in Braintree for over forty years.

Patricia was employed as an administrative assistant at the Department of Labor for twenty years and had been retired since 2000.

As a young mother, she enjoyed volunteering at Saint Francis of Assisi School in Braintree.

A woman of faith, Patricia was a longtime, active parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy. Along with her late husband, she was a daily communicant, volunteered with the Long Island Shelter Group for many years, and also worked on the church bulletin.

Patsy had a love of poetry, music, and art. She enjoyed listening to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was a patron of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Beloved wife of the late David W. Flanagan.

Devoted mother of Anne E. Flanagan Fitzsimons of Dublin, Ireland and Maura M. Flanagan of Bethesda, Md.

Loving grandmother of Pamela E. Fitzsimons.

One of seven siblings, she was the dear sister of Kathleen Rowan, Elaine Rowan, both of Dorchester, and was pre-deceased by William Rowan, Paul Rowan, Maureen Rowan, and John Rowan.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, Friday, January 10, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment to follow in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. At the request of the family, visiting hours have been omitted.

For those who wish, donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


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  • Anne, may your beloved mother rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She will always be with you in your heart and if you listen closely you will be able to hear her words whenever you need them. Blessings and hugs, Mary

  • Although Pat and I did not have a long history I will cherish the time we were gifted to share. Our conversations and enjoying the shade of the yard tree on a summer day. A friend is never forgotten for they leave permanent impressions upon our heart. My prayers and thoughts are with you Maura not just now when needed but forever, for you my friend have like your mother left beautiful memories in my heart ❤️